“The Journal News believes that Putnam County should turn over the records that the law clearly says belong to the public,” explained Janet Hasson, Journal News president and publisher. “The data is essential for our journalists to do their jobs. For example, we need to be able to investigate whether guns involved in crimes are legally or illegally owned. ”
Hasson said the Journal News would not be making another map of gun owner information.
The Journal News reported that officials told them 15,700 of 31,900 active permit holders in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam filled out exemption forms offered by the state to prevent their permit data from being made public.