Newspaper that published gun owners’ info arms itself

Journal News building

Journal News’ Rockland headquarters in West Nyack, Town of Clarkstown

A New York based newspaper that gained unwanted national attention when it published the names and addresses of local gun permit holders hired armed guards to secure its business.

On Tuesday, the Rockland County Times, another area periodical, ran a story under the headline The Journal News is Armed and Dangerous.

On December 22, the Journal News ran an article along with an interactive map indicating the names and addresses of all gun permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties unbder the heading, “Where are all the gun permit holders in your area?”

Area residents were outraged.

Four days later, gun owners got even when Robert Cox ran an article in another local publication, The Talk of the Sound, together with a map showing “Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?

Dylan Skriloff, writing for the Rockland County Times reported

A Clarkstown police report issued on December 28, 2012, confirmed that The Journal News has hired armed security guards from New City-based RGA Investigations and that they are manning the newspaper’s Rockland County headquarters at 1 Crosfield Ave., West Nyack, through at least tomorrow, Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

According to police reports on public record, Journal News Rockland Editor Caryn A. McBride was alarmed by the volume of “negative correspondence,” namely an avalanche of phone calls and emails to the Journal News office, following the newspaper’s publishing of a map of all pistol permit holders in Rockland and Westchester.

Due to apparent safety concerns, the newspaper then decided to hire RGA Investigations to provide armed personnel to man the location.

The Journal News most recently attempted to obtain the names and addresses of gun permit holders in nearby Putnam County, but was stopped in its tracks.

“Since The Journal News has published this map, Putnam has received hundreds of calls from Putnam residents urging us not to release these records,” Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant said. “There is the rule of law, and there is right and wrong and The Journal News is clearly wrong. I could not live with myself if one Putnam pistol permit holder was put in harm’s way, for the sole purpose of selling newspapers.”

Read more at the Rockland Times.

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  • MikeNZ

    I have no doubt in my mind that the editor and writer of the Journal News article on Gun owners in Rockland and Westchester, deliberately set out to cause damage to people.

    They knew full well that by printing the info in a digestible and easy to understand way that they did would put people at risk by identifying them and their locations. This was a deliberate act by intelligent, educated people who have no defence for the consequences of their actions against men women and children at those locations and other locations that are not listed as not having weapons on the premises.

    That the police have not arrested them for this, indicates the police and FBI aren't your best friends and have you and your family's safety at heart, and should be treated with caution.

    Similarly the editor and writer knew it would cause community anxiety, discord and even incidents but they were happy for that to happen, knowing that they could spiral out of control too.

    Again the police nor FBI haven't even investigated them for this let alone arrested them for this egregious breach of peoples privacy relating to they and their families safety and security.

    This corespondent for one won't shed a tear for any blow-back on anyone involved in this episode at the Journal News, rather it might be considered "just desserts" as in my opinion they should both be in jail right now.

    Em pathetically I can understand how unhinged someone could be with grief and anger, if their family were to be damaged or killed because of this act by these so called journalists, we all would do the best to protect our spouses and kids and neighbours wouldn't we?.

    MikeNZ

  • NeilM

    This act is shameful and dangerous. Did the editor even think about how publishing this information would jeopardize women who have armed themselves to protect themselves from stalkers, abusive husbands or rapist? Also, did the editor think about how criminals would break into those homes to steal those guns and use them for unlawful purposes. What an idiot! Everyone on that list should hire a lawer and sue the living crap out of the newspaper, it's editor and everyone involved. This is so shameful and despicable that it goes along the lines of Germans turning in their Jewish neighbors to the SS. Shame on you!