On Jan 13, New York State senator Gregory Ball announced that a burglary had been reported which appears to be a direct result of the Journal News‘ gun-owner-name-dump.
According to Sen. Ball’s announcement, the burglar allegedly “used the Journal News’ interactive gun map to target a home included on the map.”
Said Sen. Ball: “The same elitist eggheads who use their editorial page to coddle terrorists and criminals are now treating law abiding citizens like level three sexual predators.” To remedy this, he is pushing three separate pieces of legislation which protect inherent privacy rights of all citizens and also keep personal information of gun owners from being disclosed.
The Affiliated Police Association of Westchester County Inc., is also putting the Journal News on notice. They have made it clear that the newspaper and its owners will be held accountable for any crime against an Affiliated Police Association member if the crime can be tied to the Journal News’ interactive map.