Armed Guards Posted at Paper That Reported Info on Gun Owners

The Journal News published online maps with the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in the two counties

Thursday, Jan 3, 2013  |  Updated 9:57 AM EDT
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Armed Guards Posted at Paper That Reported Gun Info

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A New York newspaper that unleashed a public outcry after it published the names and addresses of  residents of two counties with pistol permits is being protected by armed guards.

Newspaper publisher Janet Hasson says the guards have been posted at the Journal News' White Plains headquarters and in a satellite office in West Nyack since last week.

"The safety of my staff is my top priority," Hasson told The New York Times.

In December, the Journal News published online maps with the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties. It sought the records from public records after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Neighboring Putnam County this week rejected the Journal's request for permit data.

Critics say the publication is an invasion of privacy.

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