Putnam County refuses to give Journal News more gun owner info — would create “unprecedented public safety issue”
The Putnam County (NY) Clerk has refused to give the Lower Hudson Journal News data on gun permit holders.
The publication of gun permit holder information by the Journal News for Rockland County caused a firestorm of controversy, including retaliatory publication of information about Journal News staff and a hacking of the Journal News subscriber database.
The Journal News is threatening legal action.
At a press conference this afternoon, County Executive Mary Ellen Odell said “We firmly believe that the release of this information would create an unprecedented public safety issue.” “There will be no retreat and there will be no surrender” on this issue she said.
Assemblyman Steve Katz said, “The Journal News has really come up with the perfect map for the perpetrators and for the stalkers and for the criminals … They have yet to give us a cogent reason why, except for the reason that they can. I am sorry — that is not acceptable.”