Putnam County denies Journal News request for gun permit holder information

The publishers of the Journal News in suburban New York are still committed to outing gun permit holders, but officials in Putnam County held a press conference to let the public know they weren’t going to make it easy to expose residents there. “There is the rule of law, and there is right and wrong, and the Journal News is clearly wrong,” said Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant. “I could not live with myself if one Putnam pistol permit holder was put in harm’s way, for the sole purpose of selling newspapers.”

State Sen. Greg Ball also spoke, calling the newspaper publishers “elitist eggheads,” adding, “I thank God that Putnam County has a clerk with the guts to stand up and draw the line here in Putnam County.”

Press conference with Putnam County Officials standing up for law-abiding gun owners in Putnam County. twitter.com/ball4ny/status…

— Greg Ball (@ball4ny) January 3, 2013

The Journal News has already published an interactive, online map showing the names and addresses of permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties, outraging many who consider the map not only an invasion of privacy but a handy guide for burglars. The newspaper obtained the names through the state’s Freedom of Information Law, but Sant said Putnam would not comply with the paper’s request. Residents at the press conference were reported to have given a standing ovation, and Sant has won fans online for his stand.

Bravo, Putnam County! New York County Denies Newspaper’s Request for More Gun Permit Owner Info – #ProGun #NRA #tcot shar.es/43aff

— Stacy (@Brn_Eyed_Gurl) January 4, 2013

thank God for the county commisioner of putnam county hip hip hooray standing up to the liberal loser paper journel news

— john hollandsworth (@jhrusher) January 4, 2013

A great big THANK YOU to Dennis Sant for standing up for ethics and not releasing the names of gun owners in Putnam county.

— Conservative Lady (@LindaJamle) January 3, 2013

Hurray for the clerk of court in Putnam county new york

— Andy Willingham (@andywillingham) January 4, 2013

The Putnam County Clerk is my hero. Liberal Media scum eff off!

— Mark (@WannabeAnglican) January 4, 2013

“We’re talking about endangering our citizens.” Putnam Clerk explains decision to deny gun permit info – bit.ly/Whcy0I

— Nik Bonopartis (@NikBonopartis) January 4, 2013

PutnamCountyClerk Dennis Sant looking out for county residents.Won’t give JournalNews names and addresses of gun permit holders.Good Guy!

— BayAreaHausFrau (@bayareahausfrau) January 3, 2013

Hurray! Dennis Sant, Putnam County clerk takes a stand against the Leftist causing harm to gun owners. “They will have to take me to court.”

— Susan  (@ParadiseCity26) January 3, 2013

Putnam County clerk tells NYC’s The Journal to cram their gun permit list request up their rententive, liberal asses walb.com/story/20492430…

— Kenny Hitt (@fusionaddict) January 3, 2013

I would give the county clerk of Putnam money to fight a legal battle for protecting privacy of gun holders.#violationofgunholdersprivacy

— Carrie Deao (@carriedeao) January 3, 2013

God bless N.Y. Putnam county clerk for taking a stand for what’s right. Godspeed.

— jim(@fshermn) January 3, 2013

The Putnam County, NY Clerk who refuses to release names of Gun Permit Owners needs our support & know we cheer his Patriotism

— ProfessorRobo (@ProfessorRobo) January 3, 2013

Hats off to the Clerk of Putnam County for refusing to reveal names of gun permit owners to the Gannet owned paper. #tcot #teaparty #nra

— Obama Doctrine (@ObamaDoctrine12) January 3, 2013

I salute the Putnam County Clerk! #StandStrong

— Jeremiah Farmer (@JF_RadioHour) January 3, 2013

The legal wrangling is certainly just beginning, but in Putnam County, at least, there will be a fight.

Update:

Ball has uploaded the following news clip giving an overview of today’s press conference.

Related:

NY paper publishes gun permit holders’ personal info, gun rights advocates outraged

Map of the unarmed: NY newspaper’s gun permit map was a Christmas gift to criminals

Newspaper editor who published gun owners’ personal info protects her Twitter account

Eric Boehlert: Gun owners might as well be sex offenders

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