After the Journal News published interactive maps detailing where gun owners live in a number of New York counties in late December, people all across the nation decried the move as an invasion of privacy and a danger to the families.
Albany, N.Y. – 1/10/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I) said, “In his first two years, we successfully partnered with Cuomo to cut and cap taxes, begin a full repeal of the MTA Payroll Tax and reform Albany’s long history of corruption. I am proud of those bipartisan accomplishments, but now is not the time to stand on the carrier deck and announce ‘Mission Accomplished’. Outside the canyons of Wall Street, Main Street is still hemorrhaging and even when compared to other states, New York is still in decline. Our small business owners are suffocating every day, taxes spawned by unfunded mandates and burdensome regulations, and New York State bureaucracy at every level continues to be every small business owner’s worst nightmare. Before focusing on divisive social issues, we need this Governor to stay focused on the three things that matter most: jobs, jobs and more, jobs. Let’s continue the hard work to make New York State a leader on that front, again.”
Albany, N.Y. – 1/08/2013 – “How ironic that the same irresponsible editors, who one day before Christmas, went out of their way to place a virtual scarlet letter on law abiding firearm owners, including victims of domestic violence, hero cops and single moms, are now crying uncle. When asked to take the site down, they told all of these good, law abiding people to “eat cake”. Well, now these same editors are getting a taste of that poisonous cake and if anything can wake them up and force them to take the interactive crime spree map down, maybe it will be their own intrinsic cowardice, because we sure as hell can’t rely on their good judgment,” said Senator Greg Ball.
Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, co-chairman of State Legislators Against Illegal Guns, said today that he would be willing to consider legislation that would restrict public access to who has gun permits as part of sweeping new gun-control laws.
VALHALLA, N.Y. — Although the information is public and no laws were broken, The Journal News’ publishing of the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in an interactive map has upset many across the region and country.
The Putnam County Executive was joined by County Clerk Dennis Sant, State Assemblyman Steve Katz and State Sen. Greg Ball to announce that Putnam County will not be releasing the records of Putnam Pistol Permits to the Journal News.
State Sen. Greg Ball of the 40th District, which represents parts of Putnam County including Mahopac, is working on introducing legislation that would allow county clerks to deny public information, such as people’s names and home addresses, if it’s determined that the party requesting the information intends on publishing it without the consent of those listed.
If disclosing information is going to invade a person’s privacy and jeopardize the public’s safety, Putnam County officials are willing to stand together and fight the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).