New York newspaper hires guards to protect offices amid uproar over pistol permit map: report
Armed guards are protecting the offices of a New York newspaper after it received threats for publishing a map showing the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties.
The security guards will stand watch outside the Journal News’ Rockland County office through at least Wednesday, the Rockland Times newspaper reported.
The Gannett-owned paper angered gun owners and gun rights advocates last month when it published the interactive map on its website, LoHud.com, in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre.
Journal News editor Caryn McBride reported the flood of angry emails and calls to Clarkstown Police, but cops didn’t find anything that suggested a real threat, according to a police report obtained by the Times.
The newspaper then hired guards from RGA Investigations, a security firm based in neighboring New City, to man the entrance of its West Nyack office.
The paper has defended the gun map, which it created using information obtained from the county clerks’ offices through a Freedom of Information Act request.
“New York residents have the right to own guns with a permit and they also have a right to access public information,” Janet Hasson, president and publisher of The Journal News Media Group, told the newspaper after the map was published.