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Putnam DA Talks Gun Permit FOIL Request

Do you agree with his opinion? Share your thoughts in the attached comments section.

About a week after other county officials denied a newspaper's request for the names and address of gun permit holders, Putnam District Attorney Adam B. Levy issued this statement:

Levy announced his opposition to the release of the names and addresses of licensed gun owners in Putnam County, as was requested by The Journal News in their Freedom of Information Request (F.O.I.L.).

“This is a public safety issue—not a gun issue” said DA Levy, Putnam County’s chief law enforcement officer. “The disclosure of the names and residential addresses of licensed permit holders endangers the safety and well-being of those citizens along with their neighbors.”

DA Levy continued, “Whether you’re a vetted, licensed gun owner or the neighbor of one, the last thing you want is for that information to end up in the hands of a criminal. My goal is to keep lawfully purchased guns out of the hands of those criminals. To release the information as requested by The Journal News would put all our citizens at risk.”

“Putnam County is one of the safest counties in New York to live and raise a family. To disclose the information so it’s available to people with criminal intentions is unacceptable and irresponsible” said DA Levy.

DA Levy supports the decision by Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant and County Executive MaryEllen Odell to deny The Journal News FOIL request.

Check out the following information for more on the situation.

  • Click here for a release that details officials' positions.
  • Click here for a story about the situation and the Freedom of Information Law—as well as the process that follows when a request is denied.
  • Click here for a story about threats The Journal News received after posting maps revealing folks in Rockland and Westchester who carry gun permits.
  • Click here for video of a press conference with officials explaining the denial.
  • State Sen. Greg Ball is pushing a bill that would "prohibit the public disclosure of information in an application for a pistol license with exceptions for prosecutors and police conducting an active investigation." The bill, he said, "would protect lawful gun owners from being targeted by thieves for firearm burglaries and eliminate a database criminals could use to extort their identity-theft victims."
White Feather January 09, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Professional shooter can change a magazine in 1.4 seconds, someone familiar with the weapon, which Adam was, can do so in 3.0 seconds. Since we know that he fired approx 79 rounds, using 30 round magazines, that is 2 magazine changes x 3.0 seconds = 6 seconds. Cyclic rate for the semi-auto rifle/pistol is 60 rounds per minute so 1 shot for every pull of the trigger per second = 79 seconds. Total times Office killing 1min=60secs Hallway walk to 1st room = 15 seconds Hallway walk to 2nd room = 15 seconds Shootings =79 seconds Reloads = 6 seconds 175 seconds total = 2.917 minutes Now if Lanza had been limited to 10 round magazines as antis claim would limit the ease of killing, at 3 seconds reloads, needs 8 magazines = 7 reloads x 3 seconds = 21 seconds. That is an additional 12 seconds to the total = 3.037 minutes total. Since the time from the first shooting to the time the police entered the building and approached the shooter was right at 8.5 minutes. Then when the1st responder was working toward Lanza’s location he pulled a pistol and shot himself at 9:40:24am. 10 Minutes after Lanza began his attack he shot himself, explain again how the 10 round magazines would have made a difference when there was 12.963 minutes of spare time for the shooter to screw up and take his time? Reality is, limiting a shooter to 10 round magazines doesn’t prevent ANYTHING and you cant prove different!
White Feather January 09, 2013 at 06:35 PM
So Bob, the question to you is, are you going to walk the talk and post a sign on your front lawn that your home is gun free? I personally think a person who abdicates their right to defend themselves should wear a symbol proudly of their belief, like a Star of David. Such an appropriate symbol for disarmed victims wouldnt you agree? I think that someone who knows Bob should just volunteer to post his personal information on-line, like this idiot below who reposted the information because he could! John Cook – john@gawker.com Wife: Allison Benedikt (Employment: Previous: The Village Voice Film Editor) (she now does some work for Slate) – 2 kids with 1 on the way son – born in 2008 (4 yrs old) Married on October 25th 2003 in San Francisco (courthouse wedding) Oh look, a tell all from Mrs Benedikt. Home (718) 369-8243 528 16th St Brooklyn, NY 11215-5912 Poor Max Brantley of The Arkansas Times in 2008 posted such a list. Two days later a gun owner posted Max's personal, publicly available info on a billboard in the seedy part of town (Little Rock). Max interview the next day was that of a blustering bully complaining how he was being forced to eat the cake he had served so snootily the days before!
White Feather January 09, 2013 at 06:36 PM
What do you think would happen were someone to get hurt because he had the right to post that data, and led a stalker straight to their victim, a criminal to the cop that arrested him, the judge who put that criminal away? There are consequences to every action and that idiot has children. Here is to hoping that a law is made that anyone who does such an act of publicly outing such law abiding people again, is turned over to the family of anyone harmed because said information led their attacker to them, to have the exact same injuries and tool used to harm the victim, upon the person who published said data!
Heather Pollock January 12, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Just because you can, does not mean you should. I agree this is a knee jerk reaction to a horrible tragedy. I think the officials in Putnam are correct, it is a matter of public safety and not about guns. Allowing people's information like that to be put out there for anyone to see is asking for more problems. Do people really think criminals who can see this information when placed publicly via a newspaper will go through the FOIL process to see who has guns they can steal? And for years, we have survived without knowing if our neighbors are permit and/or gun owners...without fear. Even those who's sanity we questioned. So a knee jerk response to a sick and depraved act by ONE individual means we need to "punish" millions of law abiding citizens? People need to take a step back and think before reacting through their emotions....
Heather Pollock January 14, 2013 at 12:00 AM
http://westchester.news12.com/news/white-plains-home-on-handgun-permit-database-burglarized-1.4442333 SO a house which was in the data base in Westchester was burglarized...and they were looking for guns...so now think about what I said in my previous post...

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