Gawker just couldn’t resist the million plus traffic the Lower Hudson Journal News garnered for its list of gun owners in Rockland County. If someone is going to be the center of outrage and attention, it must be Gawker.
John Cook at Gawker has just published a list of gun permit holders in New York City. He doesn’t give the addresses, but links to a database online where apparently that information can be obtained as of 2010.
I’m not going to link directly to the website, so until a cache version is avilable, here’s an excerpt and image (internal links back to Gawker removed):
Below is a 446-page list of every licensed gun owner in New York City. I obtained it from the NYPD two-and-a-half years ago via a Freedom of Information Law request. Because the NYPD is more interested in raping and/or eating ladies and spying on Muslims than it is in honoring public records law, the list contains only the names, and not the addresses, of the licensees. (If you’re curious, here’s what section 400.00 of the Penal Law of New York, entitled “Licenses to carry, possess, repair and dispose of firearms,” has to say on the matter: “The name and address of any person to whom an application for any license has been granted shall be a public record.” The only way to get the associated addresses from the NYPD, as the law requires, would be to take them to court, which no one has apparently done.)
I reported in 2010 that the names of Fox New chief Roger Ailes, his mouthpiece Sean Hannity, Howard Stern, Don Imus, Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr., and Estee Lauder heir Ron Lauder appear to have permits to carry or own guns in the city—though the lack of addresses makes it difficult to verify that it’s Howard Stern the radio personality as opposed to Howard Stern the accountant from Queens….
Here’s the full, searchable, NYPD list. (And for the record, they are not all assholes. Some of them need guns for legitimate reasons for their jobs, like providing security for assholes.)
Update: So this is Gawker being Gawker? Or correcting a mistake?
Update — It’s unfortunate it comes to this, but it was inevitable: