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).
State Senator Greg Ball, hasn’t been quiet about his disagreement with the Journal News‘ decision to publish the names and addresses of handgun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties and he isn’t done with the publication just yet. Mr. Ball, who began his day by tweeting, “Woooohooooooo!!! Get up! Hook up! Shuffle to the door! One day closer to victory! One day closer to more! Get ‘em!” continued his energized performance in the opening moments of a K104 radio interview, declaring, “I’m motivated! How about you? Ready for a push-up contest?”
Carmel, N.Y. – 1/3/2013 – Today Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I) joined Putnam County Clerk, Dennis Sant and other officials at the Putnam County Court House to announce that Putnam County will not be releasing the records of Putnam Pistol Permits to the Journal News.
The suburban newspaper New York citizens rose in outrage over, the Journal News, shows no sign of stopping. Gun permit holders are being listed alongside their addresses, and the population is not pleased at all.
Dennis Sant, county clerk for Putnam County, received a standing ovation from attendees at the county’s inauguration ceremony on New Year’s Eve because of his refusal to release information on residents who own guns to The Journal News.
A newspaper based in White Plains that drew nationwide anger afterpublishing the names and addresses of handgun permit holders last month is being guarded by armed security personnel at two of its offices, the publisher said Wednesday.
Putnam County officials have announced they will not turn over information to a local newspaper regarding pistol permit holders in the county. The records are public information maintained by the county clerk’s office.