Putnam County rebuffs gun owner info inquiry
State senator backs clerk's stance
- Duration 4:08
- Date Jan 5, 2013
State senator backs clerk's stance
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You can tell you -- the New York newspaper that published the names and addresses of citizens who have gun permits.
But now one county is fighting back the Putnam county clerk is refusing to release that information.
That was requested by the journal news.
I wasn't elected to please journal news I was elected -- care for the -- wellbeing of my citizens in Putnam county and that's exactly what I'm doing my phone has been flooded with phone calls from citizens from Rockland coming and Westchester County.
Fearful for their lives.
And the safety and the safety of the family and the neighborhood this these laws were written over thirty years ago we didn't have computers we didn't have.
-- social media we didn't have Google Maps its invasion of people's privacy.
Joining us lawmaker who backs and that Klerk's decision.
New York senator Greg ball center and Hillary being here to hear why do you disagree with the names and address.
Been published meaning it's it's a bone headed move -- some malicious slap in the face people ought to realize that these folks for being along they've done everything right.
The journal news -- never trade and interactive list of three degree sexual predators.
They didn't create a list of illegal firearm purchases are from western -- -- -- -- Over 95% of gun crimes -- committed using illegal firearms.
There electable left editorial board.
And they try to connect the atrocity in in Connecticut somehow with with this maneuver to try to trying to justify it.
We have victims of domestic -- and called my office who have have now.
There are there -- the stalkers and one monitor are back a couple days before Christmas when this happened.
We -- in New York sitting right much Walton area we have one in new York city police officers who retire live in our area.
You know they put the worst of the worst away we're talking about.
Bad people rapists thugs murderers gang members.
And now we the Germans for an interactive maps while those people.
To get to the doorstep of of these first responder.
Why would -- -- give this information up there's all sorts of behavior that's regulated by the state -- painkillers for example.
With the county give the names of everyone who has a painkiller prescription probably not why would -- such bad judgment to give this informing.
-- -- that the Putnam county had the intestinal fortitude not to do it now the snot -- attorneys from the journal news certainly gonna come there's going to be a process.
Can we make sure legislatively that there's a long place like Massachusetts has like Florida has commissioned this information is not disseminated.
-- by the -- there is a law that allows it to be disseminated and Freedom of Information Act allows the newspaper to ask a big county executives clerks.
For this admission and they must turn it over that -- that we just showed is action violation of the law right.
Well here I mean in this and the journal news perspective from my perspective.
It's an unwarranted violation of privacy that's an exemption under the -- before -- request and also the fact if somebody's -- progress we're talking a public safety.
You know what's gonna happen over the next couple days is that -- -- and officials from across the state are coming together.
To demand the journal news rescind their actions and that we move forward legislatively this is in the Second Amendment issue this is a privacy issue.
We have gun control people and we have second -- and people -- coming together in central news.
What value do you put our communities at risk -- created a Christmas shopping with her -- for criminals like they've testified to and it's really just a bone headed maneuver.
So if crimes results as -- as a result of this information being disseminated houses or burglarized the gun stolen may be used in the commission of another crime.
Will the news Carol could -- will be held accountable for their -- The Westchester county police benevolent association has said that if any of our 25000 members many of which -- in my district -- -- -- deductions or -- the fairways are.
That that communities can hold the journal news accountable I hope that it doesn't happen but we had seen in other states when similar actions have haven't taken that people have been hurt.
And we saw just a couple weeks back what happens when -- given not little little -- the fact that they created an interactive map this isn't thirty years ago so we can go on that map.
Take it to him click on the map we to a Google Earth to be in somebody's doorstep once in thirty seconds of the over the top they are all state Senator Obama and sometimes you.