Just days before Christmas, the Journal News out of New York published a story headlined, “Where are the gun permits in your neighborhood?” The Journal News thought it was important to publish the names and addresses of every gun permit holder in Westchester and Rockland counties in the name of public safety and the public’s right to know. Turns out, they accomplished the opposite by treating lawful gun permit holders like convicted sex offenders. The story received national attention and put gun permit holders and their non-holding neighbors at risk. Ex-convicts said the Journal News story was a gift and served as an extremely useful tool for criminals interested in stealing valuables, including guns. One ex-con called the story “insanity.”
Over the weekend, a home on the map published by the Journal News was burglarized and the crooks went straight for the guns.
A White Plains residence pinpointed on a controversial handgun permit database was burglarized Saturday, and the burglars’ target was the homeowner’s gun safe.