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Clerk to Journal News: Take down gun map

(Rockland Times) On the heels of yet another burglary that has raised suspicion of a connection to the Journal News’ interactive gun license-map, the Rockland County Clerk’s Office has requested in writing that the White Plains-based newspaper take the map down.

Regulations in NY SAFE, the new gun control law passed this week by the state of New York, preclude the release of gun permit information for a 120-day period, allowing gun-owners to request a privacy exemption.

In a letter sent to the Journal News and released to other local media this afternoon, Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato states, “In the spirit of the SAFE Act and to safeguard the exemption afforded gun permit holders in Rockland County, I request that you remove the interactive map and any information which depicts the names and addresses of gun permit holders in Rockland County from your website.”