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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