(Image source: The Journal News)

BY CANDICE AVILES

The local newspaper that caused a national controversy by publishing the names and addresses of gun permit owners on an interactive map has pulled that map from their website.

The original map allowed users to pinpoint every individual in their neighborhood with a gun permit, with all data gathered by publicly available records.

But now the maps are no longer interactive. You can still see dots marking where gun permit holders live, but can no longer find specific data.

The backlash from gun owners to the map was instant and severe. The Journal News has been repeatedly condemned by gun rights groups and conservative media since the map was published. One of the gun permit owners on the map blasted the paper on Fox News.

“When the journal identified gun owners in a pedafile way like interactive map. The battered woman hiding from her abuser whose address was protected by the courts.”

The Journal News staffers received threats and a blogger published the names and addresses of the journalists involved in creating the map.

The paper even hired its own armed guards, but publisher Janet Hasson says it wasn’t the threats that made them take the map down, saying: “Nor is our decision made because we were intimidated by those who threatened the safety of our staffers. We know our business is a controversial one, and we do not cower.”

Instead, Hasson said the paper took the map down for three reasons: it had already been up 27 days, which is long enough for everyone to see it, it was in danger of becoming outdated, and that privacy provisions in the state’s new gun law made it harder to get accurate information.

The map did have its defenders with those supporting it stating the information is meant to educate those in the community.

"The people have as much of a right to know who owns guns in their communities as gun owners have to own weapons.” (Via The New York Times)

Critics of the map say it made gun owners a target, putting them at greater risk for burglary as criminals tried to get their guns.

And they may have been right. At least one home was burglarized by thieves who police say went straight for the gun safe. (Via Rockland County Times)

 

The interactive map has been viewed over one million times since it was posted in December.

New York Paper Removes Map Showing Gun Owners

by Candice Aviles, Steven Sparkman
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Jan 19, 2013

New York Paper Removes Map Showing Gun Owners

(Image source: The Journal News)

BY CANDICE AVILES

The local newspaper that caused a national controversy by publishing the names and addresses of gun permit owners on an interactive map has pulled that map from their website.

The original map allowed users to pinpoint every individual in their neighborhood with a gun permit, with all data gathered by publicly available records.

But now the maps are no longer interactive. You can still see dots marking where gun permit holders live, but can no longer find specific data.

The backlash from gun owners to the map was instant and severe. The Journal News has been repeatedly condemned by gun rights groups and conservative media since the map was published. One of the gun permit owners on the map blasted the paper on Fox News.

“When the journal identified gun owners in a pedafile way like interactive map. The battered woman hiding from her abuser whose address was protected by the courts.”

The Journal News staffers received threats and a blogger published the names and addresses of the journalists involved in creating the map.

The paper even hired its own armed guards, but publisher Janet Hasson says it wasn’t the threats that made them take the map down, saying: “Nor is our decision made because we were intimidated by those who threatened the safety of our staffers. We know our business is a controversial one, and we do not cower.”

Instead, Hasson said the paper took the map down for three reasons: it had already been up 27 days, which is long enough for everyone to see it, it was in danger of becoming outdated, and that privacy provisions in the state’s new gun law made it harder to get accurate information.

The map did have its defenders with those supporting it stating the information is meant to educate those in the community.

"The people have as much of a right to know who owns guns in their communities as gun owners have to own weapons.” (Via The New York Times)

Critics of the map say it made gun owners a target, putting them at greater risk for burglary as criminals tried to get their guns.

And they may have been right. At least one home was burglarized by thieves who police say went straight for the gun safe. (Via Rockland County Times)

 

The interactive map has been viewed over one million times since it was posted in December.

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