The Journal News removes gun permit info from website
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HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y. -- A Hudson Valley newspaper that published the names and addresses of gun permit holders has since removed the information from their website.
The editorial decision by The Journal News to publish an online map of Rockland and Westchester's pistol permit holders enraged many gun rights advocates.
In a statement, the president and publisher of The Journal News said in part:
"The Journal News has removed the permit data from lohud.com. Our decision to do so is not a concession to critics that no value was served by the posting of the map in the first place. But the database has been public for 27 days and we believe those who wanted to view it have done so already. As well, with the passage of time, the data will become outdated and inaccurate. Equally important, the legislature has weighed in on the issue and representatives of residents from across the state have said that some New Yorkers who hold gun permits should have the right to keep that information private. We are constantly defending the public’s right to know. We do not endorse the way the legislature has chosen to limit public access to gun permit data."