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Updated: The gun owner next door

Sam Bishop, left, purchases a Springfield XD 40 handgun from salesman Nick Brown on Tuesday at Sharp Shooting Indoor Range and Gun Shop. Since the Aurora, Colo., shooting, President Barack Obama’s re-election and now the school shooting in Connecticut, more people than ever are buying guns for fear of losing their right to bear arms. (Colin Mulvany)
Sam Bishop, left, purchases a Springfield XD 40 handgun from salesman Nick Brown on Tuesday at Sharp Shooting Indoor Range and Gun Shop. Since the Aurora, Colo., shooting, President Barack Obama’s re-election and now the school shooting in Connecticut, more people than ever are buying guns for fear of losing their right to bear arms. (Colin Mulvany)

Sam Bishop, left, purchases a Springfield XD 40 handgun from salesman Nick Brown on Tuesday at Sharp Shooting Indoor Range and Gun Shop.

A New York newspaper is under criticism for publishing the names and addresses of local gun owners on Monday.

In a piece titled, "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood," the Journal News requested the names and adresses of local residents who are licensed to own handguns through Freedom of Information Law requests. The paper requested information from Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. The paper was only given the names and addresses of those who have a license to own a handgun. The paper was denied its requests for the amount and type of guns owned by those who have licenses. Putnam County was still working on the request and has not yet released information to the Journal News.

The article includes an interactive map of Westchester and Rockland counties that allows readers to view those who have a license to own handguns around them. Read more.

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.









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