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Newspaper Publishes Handgun Permits Map

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

January 2, 2013

A New York newspaper published the names and addresses of handgun permit-holders within its readership region, setting off a public outcry, The New York Times reports. Using public records, The Journal News of Westchester County published an interactive map allowing users to click on a dot to view the name and address of the permit-holder located there. The newspaper’s publisher said the decision to publish the map was expected to be controversial but was thought to be important “in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings.” One permit-holder said, “I don’t understand why they’re publishing information with my name and address. That should not be.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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