Putnam County rebuffs paper's gun owner inquiry
Clerk cites safety concerns
- Duration 4:14
- Date Jan 4, 2013
Clerk cites safety concerns
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The journal newspaper in suburban New York the paper now under fire for publishing an interactive map of gun permit holder's legal permit holders into New York counties.
Says it plans on publishing even more.
But one counties say no way to their plans citing safety concerns didn't say it is -- a Putnam county new York and he's pushing back against a Freedom of Information Act request from the journal news in joins us live wanted to.
Thank you very much for having me why it sounds like the journal news is gonna take you to court to try to get you to release the names of people who have legal gun permit.
I wasn't elected to please a journal news I was elected -- care for the well -- of my citizens in Putnam county and that's exactly what I'm doing.
Do you think the fact today published the names of legal gun owners in Westchester and also Rockland -- do you think that's put.
Some people in those counties at risk.
-- I believe it has my -- has been flooded with phone calls from citizens from Rockland counting and Westchester County fearful for their lives.
And the safety and the safety of the family in the neighborhood.
You know one of them when things tennis is not only does it to tell the bad guys where the guns are but it tells the bad guys where the guns may not be and that's pretty scary -- And that's what my big concern is.
This these laws -- written over thirty years ago -- we didn't have computers we didn't have.
-- social media we didn't have Google Maps here and now while I'm -- newspaper put flags on everybody's -- addresses.
And if you were to download Google Earth.
You can actually go in the driveway see their car -- nine now read a license plate I know there's that New York State senator who's called on people to.
Cancel their subscription.
What what do you think the motivation is and we a couple of minutes ago we put up -- pictures of the publishers and the editors there at the newspaper why do -- do this circulation.
To sell papers.
That's why that -- are you kidding but -- you know from what I read online it sounds like people this is blowing up in their face people are canceling a subscription.
I don't think that they I anticipated.
All the fallout that -- was -- -- -- Further action.
And you got on the Stanley last time they requested information like this was back in 2006.
Even at that time Google Maps Warren asked.
-- technically as the art today you know where you can actually go right down into the backyard.
Right down to the block we've got a statement from the journal news editor Janet -- Sanchez has.
We believe the law is clear that this is public information and the residents and public Putnam county are entitled to see it we're troubled the county officials.
The guy who's sitting right next to me have apparently switched their position since we first requested the information with interesting Dennis is the fact that.
This is in the wake of sandy hook.
Which happen in Connecticut in Connecticut they've got a state law that prohibits the distribution of the names and addresses of legal gun owners.
You know what Steve it's a shame that the journal news is using sandy hook.
As your lead in story for why they -- The information on testament permit holders in Westchester and Rockland and Putnam county.
I understand it Rockland county which did release.
The list of people who hold legal gun permits pistol -- apparently they would like to see that state law in New York State change.
So that these names are confidential going forward and well they should.
And I'm hoping they come together they have a wonderful county clerk.
And -- -- -- and our heart goes out to him and two Tim I don't get the good good people is -- dumb law on the books and absolutely.
It's invasion of people's privacy can you imagine.
Some of these.
Apps you can go right down see the TV -- in their home I mean come on.
Come on indeed all right do innocent -- -- -- -- particular record drop in thank you so much for having me.