VIDEO: Putnam County Vows To Keep Gun Data Private

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Putnam County officials said today they will refuse the Journal News’ request to release the names and addresses of residents with pistol permits because it’s a safety matter, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported.

State Sen. Greg Ball, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Assemblyman Steve Katz and County Clerk Dennis Sant held a news conference today and vowed to fight the Journal News’ Freedom of Information request for the data after the newspaper caused a national uproar after it published a map of pistol permit owners in Westchester and Rockland counties. The Journal News is owned by Gannett Co., Inc.

From the article:

“This is not about defending the issue of gun control ownership in the aftermath of Newtown,” Odell said, referring to the Dec. 14 mass killing of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. “This issue is strictly about the privacy and safety of our law-abiding citizens.”

Sant said this has been a very emotional time for him.

“I am a man who follows the rule of law. This is not about the rule of law anymore. We are talking about endangering citizens,” Sant said. Ball said he will introduce legislation in the state Senate to make sure gun permit database release is at the discretion of law enforcement.

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  1. Steve Katz,

    We know you want to keep Gun Data private.

    Do you also want to keep drug arrestest private?

    Should people know if neighbors have drug problems?