FOX NEWS: N.Y. STATE REP. GREG BALL ON NEWSPAPER PUBLISHING NAMES OF GUN PERMIT OWNERS: ‘IT WAS A VERY STUPID IDEA’
A New York newspaper has faced outrage over the past few days after publishing the names and addresses of people with handgun licenses in an online map.
The Journal News says the information was obtained through public records and defends publishing it, but many are angry and feel the move creates severe security risks. Critics argue that criminals wanting to steal guns now have a list of possible targets, while also knowing which homeowners are likely unarmed.
The paper argued the info was easily obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, saying that after the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack, its readers are interested in the issue of private gun ownership.
On Your World this afternoon, Eric Bolling discussed the paper’s decision with State Rep. Greg Ball (R-NY), who called it a “very stupid idea” by a “bunch of eggheads at a very liberal newspaper.”
Ball is now looking to work with Democrats in the State Assembly to pass a bill to make gun records private.
“I think with the furor that has been unleashed, we have a real possibility to get this done,” he said. (ARTICLE)