N.Y. state lawmaker backs county clerk in gun record battle
Greg Ball: This is a privacy issue
- Duration 4:28
- Date Jan 4, 2013
Greg Ball: This is a privacy issue
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Well this story's getting -- about the -- state lawmakers now supporting a decision by accounting clerk in the State of New York.
To withhold the names of gun owners.
This moves comes after a local newspaper published online maps of permit holders in nearby counties would both their names and their addresses with the link to their house on line.
Now the Putnam county Clare says that releasing information of his residence in his county will put lives at risk have a listen.
I'm a man who follows the rule of law.
We're not talking about the rule of law anymore we're talking them down endangering.
These laws were written written almost thirty years ago.
Thirty years ago wouldn't have computers.
We didn't have FaceBook we didn't have -- the media and we certainly didn't have Google Maps.
I think that's what really broke the camel's back on this -- Let's talk more about that state senator -- -- one lawmakers supporting the move and good morning to you going to be here so you represents.
At least three county Justice Department -- and so two of the three have already released the names of legal gun owners living in their county Westchester before reading -- word until it was only done.
OK so so now in Putnam county you're resisting that -- what what what if a court comes he -- says you must comply with the state.
We're gonna I'll follow every legal remedy that's certainly a possibility but we wanna take this as far as it goes people from -- that this is not second to manage this is a privacy issue.
We have folks who support gun control who were gone through the roof upset just like proponents of of the Second Amendment.
Victims of domestic violence.
Literally who got a permit to protect themselves and their young -- now exposed by an interactive map.
And in the journal news -- in in creating this fab still to this day first the refused to comment and you know that as a news organization which is kind of interesting.
There's still a ninety -- Cogent reason of why.
They did that you don't believe so I -- -- don't play out because they've been out talking every day but the explanations they've given you an actual highway -- hiding in in it.
Undisclosed location in a bunker than put out release on the very first day they connected to the Connecticut shooting.
And said that you know somehow that this is gonna help and you know future atrocities -- -- in -- you called an egg heads.
That's a -- that would enable consultant Ellsworth -- goes on it.
If you weren't on camera.
I asked you about this court case because -- what they're saying this is a Freedom of Information Act.
It's been on the books for 38 years it goes back to 1974.
What what do you make about the argument that you know technology is so pervasive these days.
It's an invasion of your privacy can you have and furthermore.
He tells the would be criminals who doesn't happen who who does not live with a gun in that can go back to these.
-- victims of domestic balance those who got a permit to protect themselves are now exposed no as a -- official we go through great lengths to make sure that you victims investor files can conceal.
Their whereabouts for good reason.
They're exposed now also expose and people who don't have a permit the victims basketball -- don't have a permit.
So that not -- and show up to their doorstep a lot of cops were in the New York City metropolitan area.
We have a lot of retired new York city police officers who didn't put you know you know people Sony legal candy -- way they put gang members.
Murderers the worst of the worst -- -- New York City now alliger on the streets and interactive maps of these these nut job I'm tired there's.
Can't -- the other setup -- you're making I'm wonder ultimately if you can win.
White or whether or not the newspaper can beat you because because of what the law states in -- that -- there is a case what thirty years ago in 1981.
Or court ruled in favor of a newspaper that was challenging the -- There are other states like Virginia is that you have protections in place we have -- pass legislation to make sure that because of the fact that this law is outdated.
That this is consider look certain do family court proceedings.
I tax records medical records are all consider personal.
And and can be kept confidential.
People are are allowed to not even have their name on their mailbox for reasons of of privacy concerns.
Can you imagine if -- journalist -- a map of all those who -- accepting dollars through public assistance everybody has a kid that's on.
They want to hear you raise a lot of you do you have do you have a right to certain amount of privacy in the sky right in the point you make about endangering the public is an interest -- twist on this it's -- it's it's almost ironic.
When you think about what the intention was on behalf of the newspaper and how what could ultimately play out we're gonna watch it I have three weeks now -- Greg ball thank you for Yemen Libya and Iraq.