Update 2: Update on LoHud Gun Map
The Lower Hudson Journal News mapped gun licenses in two counties, Westchester and Rockland, in New York State in Dec 2012 after the Newtown, CT shooting. One county it requested data from, Putnam, did not provide it. Now the paper is suing Putnam County. The suit follows the county denying two Freedom of Information requests and an appeal.
- WPIX 11
Layoffs at the Lower Hudson Journal News include the editor who published the "gun map" last December. The rival paper in the area reports:
The Rockland County Times has learned that Rockland County Chief Editor Caryn McBride is among the casualties of the recent purge of 17 journalists and 26 total staffers at the Gannett-owned Journal News newspaper.
There is no indication the editor lost her job because of that incident.
- Rockland Times--- update 8/8/13 ---
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NYS Senator David Carlucci (D) Calling on the Journal News to Remove their Map
The Affiliated Police Association (an umbrella organization for 53 law enforcement groups in the region) said in a news release last Friday it would hold the paper resposible for any crimes against its members and ask the paper to take down the map. The Police Conference of New York will block further sharing of permit data and ask the paper to remove the map. A press conference is set for Tuesday.
New York State Senator Greg Ball has stated that a buglary this weekend that attempted to steal guns from a safe from a man noted on the map is directly related to the maps's publication. No news outlet has yet made that connection.
The New York Times David Carr weighs in on how journalist decide to make data public, as the LoHud Journal did. He asks: " By dropping the records into the maelstrom of a mass shooting, was The Journal News merely putting data-driven link bait out there?"
- NY Times