New York State Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson) called the decision by the Journal News Media Group to remove a map of gun permits in Westchester and Rockland counties a “huge win.”
Publication of the permit data following last month’s school shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn. produced a storm of outrage from gun owners.
“The time has come to take the map down,” Rob Astorino wrote to the paper’s publisher and president Janet Hasson. In the letter, Astorino asked that the Journal News “immediately shut down the interactive map of pistol permit holders.”
The burglarized home is one of dozens in the area that show up with a red dot to indicate the owner has a gun permit. But White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong said authorities likely won’t know the suspect’s motives until the burglar or burglars are caught.
A lawmaker has expressed concern that a burglary in White Plains might be tied to the gun permit map the Journal News recently showed the world.
Experts say the county will have a difficult time defending the refusal, because New York state law classifies the data as public.
A story published by the Journal News on Dec. 23 was accompanied online by maps with the name and address of each pistol or revolver permit holder in Westchester and Rockland counties.
Following the Newtown school shootings, reporters obtained the information by filing a Freedom of Information Act