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Journal News newspaper hires armed guards after publishing gun data

9:52 AM, Jan 3, 2013   |    comments
The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News in White Plains, N.Y., posted an interactive online map showing gun-permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties. It also had asked for the same information for Putnam County.(Photo: The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News)
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WHITE PLAINS, New York -- A New York state newspaper that created a public outcry when it published the names and addresses of residents with handgun permits is being protected by armed guards.

Journal News publisher Janet Hasson tells The New York Times, "The safety of my staff is my top priority."

The newspaper last month published online maps with the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in two counties it covers. It sought the public records after the school shooting in nearby Newtown, Connecticut.

Critics say the publication is an invasion of privacy.

Associated Press

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