Journal News Publishes Gun Owners’ Names In Westchester, Rockland Counties


gunA 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.

The article also has an editor’s note attached to it describing the type of gun the journalist who wrote the article owns. “Journal News reporter Dwight R. Worley owns a Smith & Wesson 686 .357 Magnum and has had a residence permit in New York City for that weapon since February 2011,” it states.

Some critics felt the Journal News article put people in danger. “Do you fools realize that you also made a map for criminals to use to find homes to rob that have no guns in them to protect themselves? What a bunch of liberal boobs you all are,” one commenter wrote on the newspaper’s website. Others worried that the names would expose law enforcement officials. “You have judges, policemen, retired policemen, FBI agents – they have permits. Once you allow the public to see where they live, that puts them in harm’s way,” Paul Piperato, the Rockland county clerk, told Journal News reporter Worley.

ABC News reached out to the Journal News for a statement. The paper told ABC that its readers “are understandably interested to know about guns in their neighborhoods,” after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn.


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  1. More likely, you’re setting up the gun owners for burglary. Guns are valuable commodities, especially guns which have never been used in a crime and are therefore “clean.” Unless you’re home 24/7, your house is a burglary target. They can strike in the middle of the day while you’re at work, too. The real professionals know how to get around things.

  2. I looked at the article and was rather shocked to see that Monsey is loaded with guns! Registered to the heimishe-named residents, not the handful of old-timers. Who knew that our crowd is interested in carrying weapons? Do they go hunting for deer to make Klaf, or is it for protection? Would you knock on someone-s door for tzedoko if you knew they packed a pistol and could shoot if they think you are a fraud!

  3. Don’t just moan, let those responsible for this know how you feel.

    Article author:
    Dwight R Worley
    23006 139 Ave
    Springfield Gardens, NY 11413
    (718) 527-0832

    Janet Hasson
    3 Gate House Lane
    Mamaroneck, NY 10534
    (248) 594-2197, (914) 525-1923 [cell]

    Gannett CEO [paper’s owner]:
    Gracia C Martore
    728 Springvale Rd
    Great Falls, VA 22066
    (703) 759-5954

  4. Hey Suprised,

    When the time comes and they kick down your door like they did to your parents and grandparents, are you going to go to the cattle cars like a nice little shepsleh?

  5. The
    following is a list of names of the editor and staff of “The Journal
    News” that ran the story giving the names and addresses of those who own
    fire arms:

    “Editors of The Journal News are Janet Hasson, 3 Gate House Rd,
    Mamaroneck, NY 10534. (248) 594-2197 Cyndee Royle, 1133 Westchester Ave,
    Suite N110, White Plains, NY 10604, 914-694-9300 Nancy Cutler 9
    Woodwind Ln, Spring Valley, NY. (845) 354 3485 Parent company, Gannett
    CEO Gracia C Martore 728 Springvale Rd Great Falls, VA 22066 (703) 759

    The reporter on the story is Dwight R Worley 23006 139 Ave Springfield Gardens, NY 11413 (718) 527 0832”.

    These wonderful media types might like to hear from you.

  6. “Surprised”:
    Nobody who legally owns guns are going to shoot you at their door because the think you are a fraud.

    People who legally own guns and have permits are required to know and understand the laws that pertain. They fully understand the consequences of gun ownership.

    Isn’t it better knowing that there are trained, licensed legal gun owners in your neighborhood that could protect their families and those around them from murderers?

    Thinking cap please…..