Gun owners outed by newspaper speak out
New Yorkers sound off on invasion of privacy
- Duration 8:41
- Date Jan 11, 2013
New Yorkers sound off on invasion of privacy
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All of -- Hannity and right behind me sitting in our audience tonight are law abiding New York gun owners now they're names and addresses were printed by a local New York paper called the journal -- Simply because they are legal owners of a firearm now thanks to the newspaper's president and publisher.
Janet -- and Rockland editor Karen McBride the families of the people right there sitting behind me in our audience.
Have now the putter risk and their privacy completely trampled on.
Tonight they are here to voice their frustration and their fears were gonna exam -- legal actions they could take to fight back against the blatant invasion of privacy.
And thanks all of you for being here -- although tonight.
I'm gonna start quick show of hands from everybody here -- you -- about it and how many here -- -- -- almost everybody right you have not -- -- do you three so I just wanna make sure who has spent.
How many of you feel angry about what has happened here.
Everybody how many do you feel your privacy has been invaded.
How many feeling you are less safe because of what has happened.
Everybody -- let's start why less safe -- Some ES.
I feel worried about favors because now are there people who never even thought about our.
They're worried that their house doesn't it is is like shopping list for criminals right.
From my perspective there are three people that should be afraid.
Number one those that were identified as not having guns right home invaders if your home -- was only gonna go to.
Secondly all of you if they want -- done and they still won't.
Right and there -- police officers they've -- criminals you're agreeing with that in the back they -- our -- you know.
Tight police -- it.
Not only is my life in jeopardy what about my defenses family that does not have a firearm you deserve better.
And the regular and a lot of detail thank you remember only your book.
You discussed all the threats that you had gotten over the course of the years you're outspoken you're in the public.
We expect that spot what does this mean for you.
Why this whole thing it's just absolutely outrageous and yes I've gotten all kinds of comments from people -- you never know how look how much further they're going to carry.
Those comments and I my husband I applied for my parents and good looking -- standing there.
We actually apply for carry permit and we were denied and -- so I mean it's it's outrageous with the newspaper -- of course we love our police officers say they work hard they risked their lives.
But the police can't be everywhere and people need to have that right.
Two to be.
License and have gone protection of the difficult to get the permit -- avenue -- you know what a typical.
Absolutely yeah -- it took us over a year and we did it when Hillary Clinton became senator.
And I said I don't need -- -- she's gonna take our right away we better apply for a permit now we want more guns because the government's trying to intimidate us through the newspaper.
Yeah you or not one of the ones that were -- -- -- but well my guns.
I don't need a permit and in the process of applying for -- line.
So I can certainly agree on how difficult -- them.
Charges process is an -- on the news is making it seemed like everybody look at all these crazy people with guns they all these people -- pistol permit holders.
Went through an extremely rigorous process they had four references.
-- catch you off a lot of very lengthy application they had to get approval by judge.
It over -- fingerprinted back background check it takes up to a year to get it.
You know so it's it's a it's a complete farce to talk about the journal news you -- a good point here now last few in this particular case the journal news.
They claim they're journalists and I'm thinking but they won't answer any questions and -- you -- notice that they hired.
Armed guards as a result of the ensuing controversy eastern and by the way I wanted to when they are to be safe as all of us to right we all agree we want them.
Gives -- the elite the elite team.
Well we know Hollywood stars as elitist yet the pop we know we are a thousand Portland -- -- that we are not part of me now had.
We've you know I'm I'm the New York State assemblyman for.
Good part of Putnam county and Westchester.
And -- will tell you that this -- put more people in jeopardy and basically.
This is they've they've provided a dream map for perpetrators.
For the bad guys they know where the guns are now where they aren't.
And the -- request itself.
Is antiquated because we are now with the crossroads of where.
The law meets modern technology.
And yes morality yet when he -- they did not have to pub.
-- -- -- -- -- -- when I spoke -- county court this morning and them.
They do exceptional work there at the entire staff I had asked him if you'd mind if I spoke about this -- tonight he says that a problem.
He said that when he received the flow request by oath of office he felt obligated to respond but he pleaded with -- journal news both orally and in writing -- not disclose the names and addresses right and they said to him.
We can do whatever we want this information you.
You know it comes a point.
Yes sir you're in the back you one.
Six years ago they did this but the the writer at the time the reporter at the time guy's name was George -- -- He's had the list.
And he refused to -- in the addresses -- he just -- did the name and the town because his next door neighbor was a law enforcement officer.
He was afraid of one somebody he arrested might come and get it go after his neighbor and to what the guy made a mistake -- -- -- wrong house.
And got his family instead that's -- what do they went and got a guy who lives out in -- so he would have no direct connection with anybody.
You you -- told -- before.
And by the we've already sort of -- -- was the team's spokesman from the haven't voted to happen I don't know as we get -- -- and he said you're young mother.
Yes OK sometimes a home alone shore and that it now especially -- feel.
I feel vulnerable it's when there's a lot of break it's going right -- between five and 7 PM.
It where I live and in the next town over.
And there warning people they're coming in and they're breaking and make it look like somebody some thing out -- that there is it airs -- thank god I don't know what I'm.
So I feel is very smaller than you know I think that I'd like my house is being watched by -- problem.
Asked when he made that request also wanted to know what guns people.
Were denied information on the going to -- that -- well along in everyone's names if they also didn't publish police officers a lot of police officer and a lot of them did not get published a -- -- I don't.
They did I just -- -- -- that didn't get anything with an older than five years -- that you -- -- you yet I'm not but we're not the candidates agree on who has wanted to what happen.
-- the law enforcement officers is most law enforcement officers don't apply for a pistol license because they can carry on -- shield.
I've spoken with friends of mine who were our state troopers and other police and they were told by their unions.
You don't need capital license that was your prerogative to get it that's.
You know that's why we don't we'd rather you didn't.
Let me let me ask another question here.
The governor of New York gives this the madness -- -- stopping is as big state of the state address he wants New York have the toughest gun laws in the country by the -- Connecticut.
Had one of the toughest gun laws in the country.
But he used the word earlier confiscation.
-- Yes -- as a senator from.
That -- you know the people have to realize that this governors on the record talking about confiscation and people have got connect -- to Princeton New York.
There -- bills out there right now that would send the state police.
To the doors of people who are now -- analogue knock on -- door and turn those individuals and criminals that's for this governor wants to go with that he's screeching at the top as long.
That you don't need ten -- to kill -- The Second Amendment isn't just for years -- Will the report this now becomes political.
This will the Republicans.
They have controlled the senate.
Well when they're little but it's a coalition a coalition and I'm telling you right now the people need to get on that damn phone in the and he called the senators duly holed a life and hold the line.
You're looking at once senator who's worked in every hour from now until now to make that to make sure that this governor's bill.
As which started as a gun confiscation bill does not hit the -- that senate.
And that we bring common sense of that which -- leave you -- disobey the law that the governor.
Demanded you hand -- you got.
It all off the record.
Similar to you -- All right we got a lot more to get to.