A White Plains, N.Y., newspaper has removed an online interactive map that detailed who has handgun permits in two counties. The posting of the map on the paper's website last month had sparked outrage and prompted changes in state law to give permit holders greater privacy.
The Journal News map showed the names and addresses of people with pistol permits licensed by Westchester and Rockland counties.
Journal News President and Publisher Janet Hasson said Friday the decision to take down the map came in response to a provision in New York’s new gun law that was passed last week. The law also gives permit holders a way to request that their personal information be kept private.
Hasson criticized the new rule as overly broad, but added in a letter that "we are not deaf to voices who have said that new rules should be set for gun permit data.”
Still, a snapshot of the map -- without the names and addresses -- has been kept on the paper’s website “to remind the community that guns are a fact of life we should never forget,” she wrote.