Should You Know if Your Neighbors Have Gun Permits?

An article-gone-viral by The Journal News has sparked debate about whether gun permits should be public records.

Do you want to know where lawful gun owners live in your neighborhood? Should this information not only be public, but publicized?

"Overkill?" asks The Daily Beast, writing about the publication by The Journal News on Dec. 22 of gun permit holders across three counties, including Westchester. The database article on LoHud.com includes a map with dots for each household licensed to own a handgun, namely pistols and revolvers.

The map has gone viral, having been widely Tweeted and Liked on Facebook close to 28,000 times as of Dec. 26.

Some parents, in the wake of the Newtown school shootings, have expressed their desire to know which homes their kids might be playing in have potentially lethal weapons in them.

New York Sen. Greg Ball (R,C — Patterson) blasted the database in a blog post on Patch.

One woman wrote on Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Patch’s Facebook page: “I just watched on the news: 38 percent of the people in America have a gun in their houses. Should we ask about this when our children go to a playdate?”

This is the second time the Hudson Valley newspaper and website has published database reporting on gun ownership. The release of the info online this year has some gun advocates worried for their safety and complaining of their privacy infringement, according to the Daily Beast

The information was obtained by filing Freedom of Information requests.

The Journal News stands behind their decision. "We knew publication of the database would be controversial, but we felt sharing as much information as we could about gun ownership in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings," CynDee Royle, editor and vice president/news of The Journal News, said to the Daily Beast.

Do you think this information should be made public, and publicized? Tell us your thoughts below.

bob December 27, 2012 at 05:56 PM
No ask anyone from hitlers time, also if i am now robbed of my gun should the paper be responsible since they published the info. Lets publish the home address of all police and public officials since i can have my info published police all have firearms.
Joe Taxpayer December 27, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Just typical of what our leaders find to be a priority these days. What constitutional rights and/ or freedoms won't be jeopardized in the not so distant future? Carpe Diem!
Eric December 27, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I think it tells criminals where to steal guns. I think it also tells them who the easy victims are. Its a win win for criminals.
Arthur Vecchiotti December 27, 2012 at 08:43 PM
It's the most outrageous thing I have ever seen. This will only make things worse. The publisher should watch his back - seriously
deb gentile December 27, 2012 at 11:04 PM
no.. thats why I cancelled my subscription with the paper today...


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