“The names of more than 30,000 licensed handgun owners were posted on-line as part of ‘Falling Through the Cracks,’ the paper’s Dec. 10 report that found that thousands of registered handguns were unaccounted for because there is no system to secure the weapons of permit holders who die. The articles can be found by clicking the ‘Gun Control’ icon at: lohud.com | The Journal News | Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties, New York
“Some readers, particularly those on the list of licensed pistol owners, suggested that the newspaper erred in publishing the names. They said it may target their homes for theft, although the paper did not publish their home addresses,” The Journal News continued.
Some pistol owners remain irate at the newspaper, some are even more upset than the newspaper told its readers.
The Journal News said the lists were obtained through Freedom of Information Law requests. New York state pistol licenses are public records, as are the names and home addresses of all permit holders. The Journal News said it chose to withhold the street addresses, using only the names and municipalities where the license holders live.
“The Constitution gives people the right to own guns in this country, and it also gives people the right to know whether they own a gun or not,” said Henry Freeman, editor and vice president/news at The Journal News, responded to complaints. “This is a public record. People have a right to know that.
“We did take it into consideration and did not publish your street address, which is also public information.”