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Prisoners Using Journal News Gun Map To Intimidate Corrections Officers

January 5, 2013

I sure hope the editors of the Journal News are pleased with themselves. They claimed they were publishing the names and addresses of gun owners as a safety issue but it was clearly gun control activism and intimidation.

Now the lives of innocent law abiding citizens are being threatened by criminals…

Journal News gun permit map endangers officers, officials say

Criticism of The Journal News, which published a gun permit database last month, broadened Friday with Rockland law enforcement officials saying the map listing the names and addresses of those with gun permits is endangering lives.

Inmates at the Rockland County jail are taunting corrections officers by saying they know the guards’ home addresses — information they got from the list published by Westchester-based newspaper, Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco said.

“Since about 9:30 this morning, I’ve been in a meeting with my corrections officers and their unions. They have inmates coming up to them and telling them exactly where they live. That’s not acceptable to me,” Falco said at a news conference Friday morning in New City, where local leaders condemned the list.

Falco, along with other supporting police chiefs and county legislators, wants the paper to remove the information from its website.

“It’s hurting law enforcement as a whole and it’s directly affecting our ability to do our jobs,” Falco said. “And then when we leave our jobs, we’re going to have to defend our jobs and that’s going to make for a very serious incident that’s going to happen someplace in this county.”

Robert Riley, a White Plains police officer who is president of the department’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, agreed that the database is putting officers’ lives at risk.

“My members are outraged,” Riley said, noting that the potential dangers to law enforcement extend beyond Westchester and Rockland counties.

“You have guys who work in New York City who live up here,” Riley said. “Now their names and addresses are out there, too.”

Falco said there are 8,000 active and retired NYPD officers currently living in Rockland County.

Read more on this at Legal Insurrection.

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