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Rockland County, NY - Journal News Hires Armed Guards After Publishing Gun Permit Names

Published on: January 2, 2013 07:59 PM
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Rockland County, NY - A suburban New York newspaper that ignited a furor by publishing the identities of thousands of residents who hold gun licenses has hired armed security to guard its staff after receiving an intimidating e-mail, a police report said.

Among a “large amount of negative correspondence” that White Plains, New York-based Journal News has received since publishing permit holders’ names was one e-mail in which the sender “wondered what would get in her mail next,” according to a Clarkstown, New York, police report obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

The editor, Caryn McBride, told police the newspaper hired a private security company whose “employees are armed and will be on site during business hours,” the report said. The guards are protecting the newspaper’s staff and Rockland County offices in West Nyack, New York.

Police told McBride the e-mail did not contain an explicit threat that could compel authorities to take action against the sender. The menacing e-mail was reported to police on December 28.

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Calls to the newspaper and the security firm, RGA Investigations, were not immediately returned.

The Journal News first published an interactive map listing the names and addresses of thousands of gun permit-holders in Westchester and Rockland counties, just north of New York City, on December 24.

The newspaper’s editors said they sought the information after the December 14 shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, that has sparked nationwide debate about gun control.

On Tuesday, authorities in nearby Putnam County said they will refuse to release names of permit-holders to the newspaper.

“There is the rule of law, and there is right and wrong and the Journal News is clearly wrong,” Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant said in a statement. “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.”

State gun-owner groups have called for an advertising boycott of the newspaper until it takes the map and identities off its website.

The newspaper, owned by the Gannett Co, sought the information under the state’s Freedom of Information law. It says the identities are a matter of public record.

The Putnam County clerk said he has received hundreds of phone calls urging him not to give the information to the paper.

Putnam County officials are to appear on Thursday at a news conference declaring their intentions, along with state Sen. Greg Ball, a Patterson, New York, Republican who has said he will introduce legislation to keep permit information private except for access by police and prosecutors.

A similar bill he introduced failed in the state Assembly.

The newspaper’s editor and publisher have said they expected the publication of the information to be controversial.

“But we felt sharing information about gun permits in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings,” said Janet Hasson, president and publisher of The Journal News Media Group.


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 Jan 02, 2013 at 08:02 PM Aron1 Says:

Did they post the names and addresses of the armed guards?

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 08:06 PM ExpatriateOwl Says:

Who are the armed guards, and where do they live?

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 08:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Did they get threats? No but if they published the names of convicted rapist and child molesters everyone will be up in arms. And then they sure will need,protection

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 08:15 PM Anonymous Says:

well maybe they shouldn't of posted the names of humans with legal gun permits

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 08:27 PM thecommissioner Says:

Anyone else see thee irony? They hired ARMED guards. Are police not enough? Why is there even such a thing as armed guards, if murder and robbery are illegal?

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 08:31 PM Ari Says:

Armed guards? Armed with what? With guns? Hipocrytes!

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 08:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Aron1 Says:

Did they post the names and addresses of the armed guards?

If these guards live in Westchester or Rockland County and assuming they have a permit to keep their guns at home then yes, their names were probably posted as well.

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 08:51 PM RalphWaldoEmerson Says:

Glad I'm not the only one who sees the hypocrisy

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 09:02 PM ayinglefunadorf Says:

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Ari Says:

Armed guards? Armed with what? With guns? Hipocrytes!

Yes professional paid armed guards well trained with guns, not lunatics and their familys whos hobby is legal or not legal guns.

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 11:22 PM Anonymous Says:

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ayinglefunadorf Says:

Yes professional paid armed guards well trained with guns, not lunatics and their familys whos hobby is legal or not legal guns.

You mean civilians, not law enforcement. Just because they arre charging money does not make them professionals and does not mean they're not thugs. Remember clearwater?

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 11:27 PM Vasserman Says:

As they say what goes around comes around. Karma

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 Jan 02, 2013 at 11:28 PM Anonymous Says:

"But we felt sharing information about gun permits in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings,” said Janet Hasson, president and publisher of The Journal News Media Group. "

But they refuse to share the names of sex offenders which is also public knowledge. Their latest policy is to just give the town and what the offense is. One was arrested last week in Monsey and they would not print the name.

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 Jan 03, 2013 at 01:12 AM Anonymous Says:

The Journal News claims they are the victim!

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 Jan 03, 2013 at 03:07 PM ShmuelG Says:

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Anonymous Says:

"But we felt sharing information about gun permits in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings,” said Janet Hasson, president and publisher of The Journal News Media Group. "

But they refuse to share the names of sex offenders which is also public knowledge. Their latest policy is to just give the town and what the offense is. One was arrested last week in Monsey and they would not print the name.

Refusing to share the names of the sex offenders is only part of the story. Present in the list of the residents with gun licences that Journal News published is a large number of women with protective orders against men who want to do them harm.

The decision makers at Journal News are so evil that I don't much care about what will happen to them.

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 Jan 03, 2013 at 04:14 PM OPTIMIST Says:

That's a real lefty. They are allowed to and utilize everything for their purpose but for the poor common guy it's forbidden. Same with all the the green mantra human rights etc etc..

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