The list of the names and addresses of licensed concealed carry gun owners published by a New York newspaper contains huge inaccuracies, according to an investigative reporter on Monday. Dylan Skriloff, who works for The Rockland County Times, stated that 25 percent of the information on gun owners published by The Journal News is inaccurate.
According to Skriloff, the data provided by The Journal News, which sparked nationwide outrage, is outdated and contains the names of deceased citizens, those who have moved out of the region, and those who have let their concealed carry licenses lapse.
The news that the information is inaccurate is one more huge problem for the newspaper that is facing mounting woes from its decision to violate the privacy of citizens, including retired and active law enforcement officers and prison guards, and the victims of stalking and domestic abuse.
Skriloff told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that law enforcement officials living in the region have reported that they have been contacted by prison inmates who saw their names and addresses listed in The Journal News. In addition, gun stores in the region have reported a sharp spike in purchases and requests for concealed carry paperwork due to the fact that many citizens no longer wish to remain unarmed now that their names have been made public. These citizens, according to Skriloff, feel they are much more vulnerable now they have been identified as having no firearms.
The public outrage aimed at The Journal News over publishing the names has led the newspaper itself to become armed. The newspaper has hired a New York City security firm to place armed guards at its office headquarters.
And Skriloff further reported that the publisher of The Journal News has placed some of the armed guards at her home, in spite of the fact that she and the newspaper have a long history of anti-gun sentiments.
Van Susteren sent a reporter to the home of Janet Hasson, president of The Journal News, to speak directly to the publisher. The reporter was turned away and the door was shut in his face.
Armed guards have also been placed at the home of Executive Editor Cynthia Lambert, alias Cyndee Royle.
Skriloff reported that law enforcement personnel in the area are so angry at the newspaper for making their addresses public that several police departments are discouraging officers from doing paid private duty security off hours for The Journal News.
Retired law enforcement officers are also being discouraged from providing extra security for the paper.
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