Following Burglary, Panel Debates Whether 'Journal News' Was Right to Release Map of NY Gun Owners
The home of a gun owner, whose address was published by a New York newspaper, has been burglarized and a state lawmaker said it appears the burglars may have used the newspaper’s map to target the residence.
“Luckily the gun was locked up and no one was hurt,” State Sen. Greg Ball said.
The residence in White Plains, was identified in an interactive map that identified the names and addresses individuals who have gun permits. It was published by The Journal News — a Gannett Co. newspaper.
The elderly homeowner, who legally owns weapons, was not at home at the time of the burglary.
“The police are doing a full investigation,” the unidentified man told NewsDay. Police said it appears the burglars targeted the homeowner’s gun safe.
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On Happening Now today, Jon Scott debated the Journal News' actions with Fox News contributors Alan Colmes and Jim Pinkerton.
Colmes said what the newspaper did was legal, but he faults the organization for its handling of the fallout, pointing out they have refused interviews and have not done a good job explaining their position.
Pinkerton said it was "asinine" for the Journal News to make the names and addresses public, and it has caused "great harm." Colmes disputed that there has been any harm caused, saying it's not "100 percent certain" that the burglary was directly linked to the list.
Watch the full discussion: