Thanks to Republican State Senator Greg Ball.
In addition to expanding New York’s ban on assault weapons and implimenting new measures to keep guns away the mentally ill, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new gun legislation package includes a “Journal News clause” that would prohibit newspapers from publishing the names and addresses of gun permit owners.
The clause is a direct response to the Journal News, the newspaper based in West Nyack, N.Y., which last month published a “gun map” with the names and addresses of gun permit owners in Westchester and Rockland counties. If the legislation passes, the names and addresses of pistol permit holders can no longer be requested by reporters under New York’s Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL).
“As a community we stood firm on principle and fought for common sense against the idiocy of the Journal News. Tonight we have won a big battle against their unwarranted invasion of privacy,” Republican State Senator Greg Ball said in a statement. “… I am personally grateful that the Journal News will never be able to do something as dangerous and idiotic as this again.”