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NY paper sues Putnam for pistol permit records

October 4, 2013
Associated Press

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York newspaper has sued Putnam County to compel it to release its pistol permit records.

The Journal News says it sued Thursday after the county denied two Freedom of Information requests and a subsequent appeal.

The paper first requested information from Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties following the Newtown, Conn., shooting massacre. It made another request after the state passed a gun-control law allowing permit holders to apply to keep their names and addresses private.

Putnam declined comment because it had not yet been served with the papers. But County Executive MaryEllen Odell told the paper she's confident the county will prevail.

Westchester and Rockland provided the information to the paper, and it published a clickable map on its website identifying residents there with handgun permits.


Information from: The Journal News,



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