A gossip site has taken the controversial  decision to post the name of every licensed gun owner in New York City online as  the debate over gun control rages on.

Gawker posted the list of names, which is  already publicly available, today. It follows the move by the Journal News to  publish home addresses of gun permit owners in Westchester and Rockland counties  last month.

The list was highlighted in the midst of  heated debates over gun laws following the Sandy Hook massacre in December where  20 schoolchildren and six teachers were shot dead.

The  446-page document is readily available from the NYPD with a Freedom of  Information Law request – but contains only the names of gun owners and not  addresses.

However a secondary list exists online which  shows both names and addresses as New York State requires that gun owners  register with them and not just a local police department.

Some 1.2 million New Yorkers are licensed to  own handguns – and the addresses of 300,000 of these individuals have been  online since 2010.

An hour after the list was published on Gawker,  the site reported that it had received death threats.

One caller said ‘You’re f****** dead’ while  another told a female employee that she better have protection when she left her  workplace. The site had contacted police about the threats.

Hundreds of comments were posted about the  article and whether the decision to once again bring attention to gun permit  holders was necessary. 

Referring to the earlier piece in the Journal  News, one commenter wrote: ‘The journal posted my address and name for my gun  ownership. My past stalker saw this. I  haven’t heard from him in two years,  because I disappeared.

‘Now he is  back and calling me……thanks  to people like you bunch of a*******,  looks like I will have to protect myself  from becoming a murder victim.  Gracias.’

Another post read: ‘Don’t really  understand  the negative replies to this. It’s public information that  apparently the  majority of New Yorkers didn’t know was available that  EVERY person who signed  up for the permit knew was public info.

‘Unless we’re all going on the premise that  if people know you own a gun you are less safe. Which if true  pretty much  defeats the entire non-sporting reason for owning one,  doesn’t it?’

After publishing the names and  addresses of  gun permit owners in the upstate counties of Rockland and  Westchester last  month, the Journal News was forced to  hire a team of armed guards to patrol its headquarters in West Nyack.

The paper caused a stir on December 23 with  an interactive map on its website of pistol permit holders.

Journal News editor Caryn A. McBride  hired  security guards to patrol the paper’s offices amid a flurry of  angry emails and  phone calls in the following days.

Rob Seubert of Silver Spring, Maryland,  posted on the newspaper’s web site: ‘Do  you fools realize that you also  made a map for criminals to use to find homes  to rob that have no guns  in them to protect themselves? What a bunch of liberal  boobs you  all are.’

Some critics retaliated by posting reporters’  and editors’ addresses and other personal information online.

Source: The Daily Mail


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