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Gun Owners Freak Out After Newspaper Publishes Their Names And Addresses

Published: December 26, 2012
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A Gannett-owned newspaper in Westchester, New York, has published a map showing the names and addresses of licensed gun owners. (Click for the article and interactive version).

Gun Map

The gun permits are already public records. And the convenient map makes it easier for people to determine whether which houses and people in their neighborhoods are "armed" and which aren't.

But gun owners are freaking out about the publication of this information, saying it invites attacks on and robberies of the households of non-gun owners and also encourages gun thefts at the households that own them.

Some of the gun owners interviewed by the paper say they're not a threat to their neighbors, so the neighbors have no business knowing that they own guns.

The paper has filed an additional Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request to get more information on the permit-holders, including how many guns they own and what type. This request, too, is driving gun owners bananas.


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