A New York state newspaper is taking drastic steps to protect its staff after it enraged gun owners in two counties.The Journal News, a Gannett-owned newspaper in Westchester, N.Y., published a map showing the names and addresses of licensed gun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties.
The Journal News tried to do the same for Putnam County, but the newspaper’s request for records was denied because of the outrage the map had already caused in Westchester County.
That outrage was so intense the newspaper resorted to hiring armed security guards to man its headquarters after receiving multiple threats, The Rockland Country Times reported Tuesday.
The threats were reportedly so concerning, Journal News Rockland Editor Caryn McBride filed at least two reports with local police.
One reader decided to use a different tactic to express his anger at the newspaper.
After the map was published, incensed reader Christopher Fountain used his blog to release the name, home address, and phone number of the paper’s publisher, editor, and the reporters behind the map.
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