The folks at The Journal News are just fine with posting personal information of law-abiding citizens, but don’t like it much when their personal information is revealed. Apparently New York’s Putnam County doesn’t much like it, either:
(The Blaze)—The Journal News made national headlines with its decision to publish the home addresses of pistol permit holders in New York State’s Westchester and Rockland counties. Since assembling its map, which includes the personal information of gun owners, the paper has promised to add a third county — Putnam — to its roster. But it seems the outlet, which recently hired armed guards to protect its own staff, has hit a snag, as Putnam executives are refusing to release the requested gun ownership data.
With county officials reversing course after claiming last month that they were assembling the information, some are warning that pistol permits are public record and that any refusal to release data violates state law. According to Robert Freeman, executive director of New York’s Committee on Open Government, the county’s decision not to comply with the Freedom of Information Law, which the Journal News used to obtain names and addresses, is not legally sound.