Police are investigating whether a White Plains, NY home break-in was the result of the homeowner being pinpointed on the handgun permit map recently published by a NY newspaper.
According to a Westchester/Rockland Newsday report, two burglars broke into the home and went for the safe that contained the owner’s guns. The victim, a man in his 70s, was not home at the time. The burglars were unable to open the safe, and one suspect was taken into custody.
The Journal News has been harshly criticized for publishing a map listing all gun permit holders in a number of counties in New York. A Fox News report featured reformed criminals who said the map would make it easier for them to target where to go to commit crimes.
New York State Senator Greg Ball (R-Patterson), who is planning to introduce legislation on Monday to keep the name of gun owners private, released the following statement:
The Journal News has placed the lives of these folks at risk by creating a virtual shopping list for criminals and nut jobs. If the connection is proven, this is further proof that these maps are not only an invasion of privacy but that they present a clear and present danger to law-abiding, private citizens. Former convicts have already testified to the usefulness of the asinine Journal News ‘gun maps’ yet the reckless editors are evidently willing to roll the dice, gambling with the lives of innocent local homeowners.
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