More than 30 members of a New York police group demanded on Tuesday that the Journal News remove its interactive map showing the names and addresses of gun-license holders in two suburban counties.
The 30 members of the Affiliated Police Association said it would hold The Journal News accountable if any of its members were targeted because they were listed on the map, the Chappaqua Daily Voice reports
The association, whose members belong to 53 law-enforcement groups in the New York region, may seek legal action against the newspaper, Robert Buckley, the group’s vice president, said.
Buckley told the Daily Voice that he had "grave concerns for any person that has a gun permit."
The Journal News published its interactive map of gun-permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties on Dec. 23.
CynDee Royle, the newspaper’s vice president-news and executive editor, did not immediately return a call from the Daily Voice seeking comment.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino also called on the Journal News to remove the map. While acknowledging that the newspaper could obtain the data under the New York Freedom of Information Law, Astorino said his request on Tuesday was based on safety concerns.
"It demonized individuals who did nothing wrong, violated their privacy and potentially put them and their families ‒ especially victims of domestic violence and current and former judges and law enforcement officials ‒ in harm's way," Astorino said in a statement to the Daily Voice.
Since publishing the interactive map, Journal News employees have received harassing telephone calls — and packages that police have described as suspicious have been sent to its main offices in White Plains, as well as to Royle's home.
None of the packages or letters contained harmful material, police said, the Daily Voice reports.
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