Outrage: NY Newspaper Publishes Names, Addresses Of Legal Gun Owners

FOX NEWS: A New York newspaper is facing criticism for 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 outraged and feel the move creates severe security risks.

Attorney and policy advisor Michael Barnes joined Fox and Friends this morning and said that while the paper didn’t break any laws by publishing the information, it doesn’t mean it’s right that they did it. He called the action “divisive” and “dangerous.” Barnes pointed out that the paper gave “a list to any criminal of the houses that have guns in case they want to find a low-security environment in which to go and steal weapons.” The paper has defended its actions, releasing a statement that reads in part:

“The massacre in Newtown remains top-of-mind for many of our readers … Our readers are understandably interested to know about guns in their neighborhoods. We obtained the names and addresses of … residents who are licensed to own handguns through routine Freedom of Information law public-records requests.” Barnes argued that by publishing the list, editors at the paper were ‘using tactics of the extreme left … to try to embarrass or otherwise to bully’ gun owners. “This list exposes an inherent bias among the publishers and editors of this newspaper that somehow owning a handgun is socially unacceptable,” Barnes said.

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