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The Journal News is a newspaper in New York serving the New York counties of Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam, a region known as the Lower Hudson Valley. It is owned by the Gannett Company, Inc.

The Journal News was created through a merger of several daily community newspapers serving the three counties. Although the current newspaper's name comes from the Rockland Journal-News, which was based in West Nyack, N.Y., and served Rockland County, the Rockland Journal-News was actually the third-largest newspaper that Gannett merged to create the larger newspaper. The Reporter Dispatch from White Plains, N.Y., and the Herald Statesman in Yonkers, N.Y. were larger and served Westchester County. For years prior to the October 12, 1998, merger that created The Journal News, ten of the newspapers shared substantial content and printing presses.

Gannett acquired nine of the newspapers in 1964 from the Macy family and added The Star in Peekskill, N.Y., in 1985. These newspapers previously appeared on newsstands in the evening. In 1989, Gannett created a morning edition for Putnam County, Westchester, and the Bronx called The Sunrise, but it folded after a year. Today, The Journal News appears in the morning like other New York dailies.

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Newspaper Publishes Gun Owners' Names and Addresses

The Journal News mapped out all the pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties. (Getty Images)

A newspaper in New York has received a wave of criticism from its readers after publishing the names and addresses of all of the individuals with handgun or pistol permits in its coverage area.

Hundreds of residents in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties were surprised to find their names and addresses listed on a map posted by The Journal News on Sunday. Users can click any dot on the map to see which of their neighbors has a permit for a gun.

The map sparked more than 500 comments from readers within a day of its appearance on the website, many of them voicing outrage at the paper's decision to make the information public.

"This is CRAZY!! why in the world would you post every licensed gun owner information?? What do you hope to accomplish by doing this. This is the type of thing you do for sex offenders not law abiding gun owners. What next? should i hang a flag outside my house that says I own a gun? I am canceling my subscription with your paper today!!!" said commenter Curtis Maenza.

"How about a map of the editorial staff and publishers of Gannett and Journal News with names and addresses of their families…," wrote commenter George Thompson.

All of the names and addresses were compiled through public records. The paper also requested the information from Putnam County, which is still compiling the records for publication, according to The Journal News' website.

In a statement to ABC News, The Journal News said its readers "are understandably interested to know about guns in their neighborhoods," because of the conversation about gun control on its website after the shooting in Newtown, Conn., last week.

"We obtained the names and addresses of Westchester and Rockland residents who are licensed to own handguns through routine Freedom of Information law requests. We also requested information on the number and types of guns owned by permit holders, but officials in the county clerks offices in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties maintained that those specifics were not public record," the statement read.

"New York's top public-records expert, Robert Freeman, disagrees," it added.

The paper declined to answer further questions about the map.

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2018 - 2019 Measles Outbreak in Rockland County:

The outbreak was declared over on September 25, 2019.

As of September 25, 2019, there were 312* confirmed reported cases of measles in Rockland County.

*On Monday, August 26, 2019, 16 historical cases of measles were added to the current total. These cases occurred between early February 2019 and mid-May 2019.

Age groups for the confirmed measles cases in Rockland County as of August 26, 2019:

Less than 1 year old: 11.5%
1-3 years: 26.3%
4-6 years: 14.7%
7-18 years: 27.9%
19+ years: 19.6%
Vaccination rates for confirmed measles cases in Rockland County as of August 26, 2019:

79.5% have had 0 MMRs
5.8% have had 1 MMR
3.2% have had 2 MMRs
11.5% have unknown status

New Cases of Measles:

As of 10/07/2019 Rockland County has 1 documented case of internationally acquired Measles.  Additional cases of imported Measles have recently been identified in the New York counties of Monroe, Nassau, and Putnam. These new reports of disease are related to travelers who were exposed to various outbreaks occurring around the world. 

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Measles Vaccination: Myths and Facts from the Infectious Diseases Society of America


What is Measles

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease (in the lungs and breathing tubes) caused by a virus that is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people (when a person infected with the measles virus breathes, coughs, or sneezes). Measles is one of the most contagious viruses on earth; one measles infected person can give the virus to 18 others. In fact, 90% of unvaccinated people exposed to the virus become infected. You can catch measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been, up to 2 hours after that person is gone. And you can catch measles from an infected person even before they have a measles rash.

Common symptoms

Symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure but may appear as early as 7 days and as late as 21 days after exposure. Measles typically begins with

  • high fever,
  • cough,
  • runny nose (coryza), and
  • red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis).

Then:

  • Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots (Koplik spots) may appear inside the mouth.
  • Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. It usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots. The spots may become joined together as they spread from the head to the rest of the body. When the rash appears, a person's fever may go up to more than 104° Fahrenheit.
  • After a few days, the fever subsides and the rash fades.

People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash.
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measles-can-be-serious.pngMeasles can be dangerous, especially for babies and young children. Others who are at high risk for complications if they get the measles include pregnant women who are not immune, as well as those who are immune-compromised or immunosuppressed (when your body can't fight disease).


Common Complications include ear infections and diarrhea.

  • Ear infections occur in about one out of every 10 children with measles and can result in permanent hearing loss.
  • Diarrhea is reported in less than one out of 10 people with measles.


Severe Complications


Some people may suffer from severe complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs) and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). They may need to be hospitalized and could die. Here are some facts about complications in children and pregnant women:

  • As many as one out of every 20 children with measles gets pneumonia, the most common cause of death from measles in young children.
  • About one child out of every 1,000 who get measles will develop encephalitis (swelling of the brain) that can lead to convulsions and can leave the child deaf or with intellectual disability.
  • For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from it.
  • Measles may cause pregnant woman to give birth prematurely, or have a low-birth-weight baby.


Rare Long-term Complications


Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) is a very rare, but fatal disease of the central nervous system that results from a measles virus infection acquired earlier in life. SSPE generally develops 7 to 10 years after a person has measles, even though the person seems to have fully recovered from the illness.

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The Measles Outbreak in Rockland County


2214_Measles_8.5x11_Flyer.jpgAt the end of September 2018, an international traveler arrived in Rockland County with a suspected case of the measles. Per protocol, the Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) was notified and immediately activated its Communicable Disease Team to investigate. There have been additional cases of measles from international travelers to Rockland, exposing more people to measles. People who are unvaccinated risk getting infected with measles and spreading it to others.

These cases are presently clustered in eastern Ramapo (New Square, Spring Valley, Monsey), however due to Rockland County's small geographic size, exposure to the measles may occur anywhere in the county.

The RCDOH, Refuah Health Center, and private pediatricians and family doctors have administered over 29,000 doses of MMR vaccine.

To prevent the spread of illness, the Department is advising individuals who may have been exposed and who have symptoms consistent with measles to contact their health care provider, a local clinic, or a local emergency department before going for care. This will help to prevent others at these facilities from being exposed to the illness. 

The Measles Vaccine

A safe and effective measles vaccine that can prevent suffering and death has been available for more than 50 years. For more information click here. 

High community vaccination rates help protect people who cannot get vaccinated because they are too young or have specific health conditions. 

Measles Vaccine Recommendations:

Two doses of the MMR vaccine are recommended for maximum protection. One dose of the MMR vaccines can offer 93% protection from the measles. Two doses of the MMR vaccine can offer 97% protection from the measles. Typically, the first dose of MMR vaccine is given at 12-15 months of age and the second dose is given at four to six years of age (age of school entry), although individuals may also be vaccinated later in life.

There may be medical reasons not to get the MMR vaccine, speak to your health care provider.


Information for Health Care Providers

  • The Health Department is asking all health care providers to immediately report all cases of suspect measles to the Rockland County Department of Health Communicable Disease Program staff by calling (845) 364-2997 during normal business hours, or (845) 364-8600 after hours/weekends. Health Care Providers can call this number for additional information.
  • If health care providers need assistance obtaining MMR vaccine during the measles outbreak, please call (845) 364-2997.
  • CDC Information for Health Care Providers



Educational Video

  • Measles - What is it?  This is a video that discusses measles. What is it? How does it spread? How can we prevent it? published on February 21, 2015


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Tufts lacrosse player Madie Nicpon, 20, dies after accident at hot dog eating contest


Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the location of Suffern (New York) High School. 

A 20-year-old Tufts lacrosse player died Sunday after falling unconscious at a charity fundraiser.

According to authorities, Madelyn "Madie" Nicpon was participating with other students in a hot dog eating contest and choked.

In a statement, Tufts described Nicpon as being in an accident Saturday afternoon at a "private, rental property" in university at buffalo merchandise town of Somerville, Massachusetts. 

Tufts said first responders performed "extensive life-saving procedures" and Nicpon was initially taken to Mt. Auburn Hospital in Bb&t bank branches before being transferred to Massachusetts General in Boston, where she died Sunday afternoon. 

Nicpon's death has triggered an outpouring of emotion at Tufts and well beyond. 

About 3,000 students, faculty and staffers from the roughly 6,000-student university attended a vigil Sunday night to honor Nicpon, nicknamed "Scooter" on her team. Candles were placed around Nicpon's No. 2 jerseys.

A lengthy post on the team's Instagram account features a photo of Nicpon running between two lines of her teammates, clearly shouting something in the pregame ritual.

Nicpon, a defender in lacrosse, studied biopsychology. She'd gotten into one game as a freshman and three last spring as a sophomore on a team that finished 10-1. 

The post, which describes her team as "beyond heartbroken," and Nicpon as a "true friend and teammate," reads in part, "She truly valued her relationships with her teammates and coaches. Her reach was far beyond our team — she was a true connector on campus and touched every single person she met."

Coach Courtney Shute could not be reached for comment.

Nicpon participated in lacrosse, field hockey and indoor track and field in high school. She was president of Suffern (New York) High School's Class of 2019 and co-president of its National Honor Society — a star in the classroom, a Rockland Scholar-Athlete, whose grade-point average exceeded 4.0 and who left for Tufts University with plans to go into medicine.

Suffern girls lacrosse coach John Callanan recalled Nicpon as "a sweetheart, just a really special kid."

This was perhaps as much about an unrelenting positive, loving-life attitude as the solid playing skills that landed her on a Division III college team. 

"She was just a bundle of energy and a ray of sunshine, always," Callanan recalled Tuesday. "She had a great upbeat personality and an infectious smile. . She was a ton of fun."

On a memorial page, former Suffern lacrosse teammate Kimberly Mahecha wrote, "She was kind and caring (and) lit up every room and field she stepped on. She easily became everyone's friend and made an impact on everyone she met. She was the biggest cheerleader for all of her teammates and the biggest hype man during good and bad games."

And Nicpon, the kazoo player who was focused on a career in medicine but joked on her Tufts roster profile page that her dream job was "Love Island UK contestant," always seemed to be laughing.

“When you talk to Madie, you can see the pure love she has for not only self-success but for ensuring the success and well-being of those around her,” said Gaby Somma, her former field hockey coach.

The Tufts lacrosse team's Instagram post, which mentions Nicpon's happy pregame dance ritual, reads, "She has and will continue to inspire us every day. We should all strive to live life a little more like Scooter did — a person that valued love, loyalty, compassion and friendship."

"We love you, Scooter. Keep dancing from above," it concludes.

Nancy Haggerty covers cross-country, track & field, field hockey, skiing, ice hockey, girls lacrosse and other sporting events for The Journal News/lohud. Follow her on Twitter at both @HaggertyNancy and at @LoHudHockey. 

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Newspaper sparks outrage for publishing names, addresses of gun permit holders

Story highlights

  • The publisher issues a statement supporting the decision
  • Other news agencies have published similar databases in the past
  • Poynter Institute senior faculty member calls newspaper's move "journalist arrogance"
  • "Readers are understandably interested" in gun data, newspaper editor says
An interactive map showing the names and addresses of all handgun permit holders in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties has infuriated many readers since it was posted Saturday on a newspaper's website.
The map, published by The Journal News, allows readers to zoom in on red dots that indicate which residents are licensed to own pistols or revolvers. It had prompted more than 1,700 comments as of Wednesday morning.
Blue dots indicate permit holders who "have purchased a firearm or updated the information on a permit in the past five years."
"So should we start wearing yellow Stars of David so the general public can be aware of who we are??" one commenter wrote.
"This is crazy!" rockland journal news contact another.
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Some of those responding threatened to cancel their subscriptions or boycott the publication.
"I hope you lose readers now," one wrote.
The paper's publisher, Janet Hasson, president of the Journal News Media Group, defended the decision in a statement Wednesday.
"One of our roles is to report publicly available information on timely issues, even when unpopular. We knew publication of the database (as well as the accompanying article providing context) would be controversial, but we felt sharing information about gun permits citizens savings bank in clarks summit pa our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings," she said.
The newspaper also said it had wanted to publish even more information.
"We were surprised when we weren't able to obtain information on what kinds and how many weapons people in our market own," the newspaper said in a statement.
County clerks' offices had told the paper that "the public does not have the right to see specific permits an individual has been issued, the types of handguns a person possesses or the number of guns he or she owns," the amazon customer care number usa said. "Had we been able to obtain those records, we would have published them."
The map came about in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, The Journal News said.
"In the past week, conversation on our opinion pages and on our website, LoHud.com, has been keenly focused on gun control," the newspaper's editor and vice president, CynDee Royle, said in a statement Tuesday.
The names and addresses of the two counties' permit-holding residents were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The website notes that the map does not indicate whether the residents own handguns, only that they are legally able to, and that the data do not pertain to rifles or shotguns, which can be bought without a permit.
Still, hundreds of residents were shocked to see their information posted without their being notified. Some said the map would prompt burglaries because thieves are now aware of where weapons might be found.
"Now everyone knows where the legal guns are kept, a valuable piece of information for criminals," a commenter wrote. "Why don't you do something helpful, like trying to find out where the illegal guns are kept?"
A great majority of readers commenting at CNN.com were opposed to the newspaper's move, but some defended it on the grounds that the public has a right to know who might own weapons.
One commenter wrote: "If you're a gun owner it's a matter of public record. If you're embarrassed by your gun, get rid of it. I have a car and a house -- they're no secret. People contact me all the time trying to sell me stuff. I don't expect a right to privacy for these things."
Another wrote, "Every gun manufactured, transferred, and sold should be on the internet, all on one website, including date of rockland journal news contact, current owner, stored location, usaa near me atm gun license number."
Several Twitter commenters also came out in support in tweets to CNN:
-- "The gun permit maps are an effective way of showing how horribly widespread gun ownership is."
-- "please thank them. This could be a turning point. I do not want my daughter playing in a house with guns."
-- "LOVE the Gun License map! Excellent information to anyone concerned with who they live around!"
The Journal News argued that residents have a right to access information regarding weapon holders in Westchester and Rockland communities.
"Our readers are understandably interested to know about guns in their neighborhoods," Royle said in her statement.
In an article about the uproar, The Journal News says many of the thousands of people who "have taken to their computers and phones in rage" live outside the counties covered by the map.
In searching through hundreds of comments listed on the website, CNN did not immediately see any in support of the newspaper's decision to publish the interactive map.
The Journal News said it published an article in 2006 that received similar responses, but this time around, social media spread the story far and wide.
In 2007, roanoke.com, the website of The Roanoke Times, published a list of Virginians licensed to carry concealed weapons, and then deleted it the next day. The paper explained that the list, originally published as part of an opinion column, was removed "out of concern that it might include names that should not have been made public."
The Poynter Institute, a school for journalists, notes that some other news agencies have published various types of databases as well.
"Publishing gun owners' names makes them targets for theft or public ridicule. It is journalistic arrogance to abuse public record privilege, just as it is to air 911 calls for no reason or to publish the home addresses of police or judges without cause," Al Tompkins, a Poynter senior faculty member, said in a statement Wednesday. "Unwarranted publishing of the names of permitted owners just encourages gun owners to skip the permitting."
The paper said Royle was not available for interviews Wednesday.
Источник: https://www.cnn.com/2012/12/25/us/new-york-gun-permit-map/index.html

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Gun rights advocates demonstrate outside the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. on Feb. 28. The group rallied against the recently legislated NY SAFE Act and other measures they say infringe on their constitutional right to bear arms.

Perhaps it was no surprise that in the wake of The Journal News’ publication of gun permit data in New York, the state legislature moved swiftly to cut off public access to the data.

After all, it happened in Indiana in 2009, Virginia in 2007 and Florida in 2006, when lawmakers sought to make confidential gun permit data that was considered to be a public record – often without much fanfare or controversy – only after media outlets published stories using the data.

Yet in some ways, the reaction to The Journal News’ maps published soon after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in nearby Newtown, Conn., is surprising in that it has sparked a rallying cry in state legislatures across the country to make government records about gun owners private, with at least 10 states introducing bills that would restrict access to the records in some form.

If the measures succeed, only a handful of states would continue to make individual gun permit records public. That would mean the impact of The Journal News’ decision to publish gun permit holder maps in two New York counties may not be limited to New York’s decision to temporarily bar the release of gun permit records and allow its permit holders to opt out of disclosing that they have a permit.

Although laws vary widely, a review of public records laws, gun permitting laws, and pending legislation in all 50 states and the District of Columbia shows that 39 states restrict access to gun permit data records in some form, either barring their release entirely, restricting access to personally identifying information or only permitting the release of aggregate data.

Of the 11 states where such data is public, at least nine have legislation introduced to restrict access to the records. And even in states such as Arkansas and Virginia — which already restrict access to some gun permit data — legislation is pending that would prohibit access to nearly all such records.

With states moving toward closing off access, reporters and transparency advocates worry that the move would rockland journal news contact only prohibit public oversight of gun licensing within states but may also be part of a growing trend where states make certain records off limits in response to news media reports on public records.

“Our fear is that the more exemptions a given legislative body makes to open records, the greater the chance that the next time, which may have nothing to do with guns, it’ll be that much easier for legislators to say, ‘Well, just close those records too,’” said Mike Cavender, executive director of the Radio Television Digital News Association. “Where does it stop?”

New York quickly cuts off access

Despite the fact that when the Journal News published the locations of gun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties New York law required such records to be open to the public, the maps sparked an intense national conversation about individual privacy, the propriety of publishing such a map and whether individuals who lawfully owned guns were being subjected to unwarranted scrutiny.

The publisher of The Journal News said that the newspaper wanted to provide readers with information about gun ownership in part so that parents could make informed decisions about their children’s safety.

In response, some individuals targeted the Journal News’ publisher, editors and reporters by publishing private details about them online, including home phone numbers, addresses and pictures of their homes. The paper’s employees also received several threats, according to media reports.

In addition to barring the release of gun permit data for 120 days after the bill became law, New York’s gun control law allows individuals to opt out of having their personal information disclosed under the state’s Freedom of Information Law, or FOIL. It also created several new state databases for tracking weapons and ammunition sales, though none are subject to FOIL.

Regarding at and t wireless store near me opt-out provisions, individuals can withhold their records permanently if they are a police officer, a victim of domestic violence, a juror or witness involved in criminal trials, fear for their life and safety or are worried about “unwarranted harassment.”

After the bill became law, the Journal News removed the gun maps from its website. In a statement to readers, publisher Janet Hasson said the paper took the maps down because they had been public for nearly a month and because the legislature had decided to close off access to the records for tiny homes for sale san antonio months. Hasson did not respond to several inquiries for comment for this story.

“When the moratorium concludes, far fewer permit holders will be identifiable, and those who want to know which houses on their block may have guns will not be able to get m pokora plus haut information,” Hasson wrote. “But we are not deaf to voices who have said that new rules should be set for gun permit data.”

Other states seek to restrict data

Legislative action in response to the Journal News’ maps was not limited to New York. According to multiple media reports, as lawmakers from Arkansas, California, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia looked at their own public records laws regarding gun permits, they feared that similar maps could be made from their states’ public records.

As a result, lawmakers have introduced legislation in those states that would either cut off access to the records or prevent the release of personally identifying information contained in them.

The efforts to restrict access to gun permits vary by state, with some lawmakers td bank brooklyn hours of operation competing bills. For example, one bill in Montana (SB 145) would make gun permit records completely confidential while another (SB 37) would exempt almost all information but require that the name and address of the permit owner be public.

In Mississippi, HB 485 would exempt the names, addresses, telephone numbers and other personally identifying information from the state’s public allen edmonds normandy laws.

And in Maine, HP 250 is being rushed through the legislature to close off access to gun permit data after the Bangor Daily News made a public records request for the records. The request drew heavy backlash from legislators and the governor, with several Republican lawmakers holding a press conference to criticize the newspaper’s request.

In a Feb. 15 editor’s note to readers, Anthony Ronzio, the paper’s director of news and new media, said that the Daily News rescinded its request for the information after the criticism and said the paper was disappointed with the reaction to the request. Ronzio declined further comment about the incident, directing inquiries to his prepared statements to readers.

In an earlier note to readers on Feb. 14, Ronzio said the paper did not intend to publish personally identifying information from the data but was instead attempting to compare it with other records as part of an ongoing reporting projects on domestic violence, sexual assault and drug abuse. Ronzio also stated that the paper made clear in its request that it would not be publishing personally identifying data.

“We believe the wholesale publication of permit holder information, as was done recently by a newspaper in New York, is irresponsible,” Ronzio wrote. “We intend to use this information about permits, along with other information sets we are gathering, to analyze possible correlations relevant to our reporting projects.”

The legislative reaction in New York and elsewhere is unfortunate, Cavender said, because it confuses two different issues: the right to access gun permit records and the editorial decisions by media on how to use public records to report the news.

“That’s a professional discussion for the entire community, and we believe it should be vigorously debated,” he said. “What has happened is that the emotion of the moment has become so intertwined with this, that the response is to just close the records.”

Ken Bunting, executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition, said the national reaction to shut off access to gun permit records after the Journal News’ maps was akin to when states cut off access to death records in response to the publication of race car driver Dale Earnhardt’s autopsy file.

“That type of reaction rockland journal news contact not the best way to make policy on access to government records,” he said.

Both Bunting and Cavender acknowledged that rockland journal news contact public availability of gun permit data is controversial, as it intersects with several competing values: the right to access government records, individual privacy and the First and Second Amendments.

But Bunting said all of those concerns should be carefully weighed and discussed before closing off access to gun permit data or any other type of record. When lawmakers legislate quickly, they often overreact to protect certain interests at the cost of others. In this case, it means less access to government activities related to issuing and licensing gun owners.

“Legislators should not be dictating reporting on public affairs,” Bunting said.

Transparency made more difficult

A bill recently introduced in Tennessee (HB 9) highlights the concerns between allowing public access to gun permit data while still addressing the stated privacy concerns of gun owners.

Rep. William Lamberth (R-Cottontown) sponsored the bill that would restrict public access to records after seeing the Journal News’ maps in New York and being contacted by constituents concerned about having their addresses published in print and online.

A former prosecutor, Lamberth said he introduced the bill to prevent burglaries and other crimes of opportunity against individuals identified in such records.

“Burglars look for guns, pharmaceuticals and electronics,” he said. “We don’t keep public lists of who owns pharmaceuticals and we don’t keep lists of people who own the latest 60-inch TVs.”

In its initial form, the bill would have categorically restricted access to state gun permit records, though Lambert said he plans to introduce an amendment that would address concerns from news organizations and transparency advocates by allowing individuals to confirm whether a person has a gun permit.

Under the amendment, if a member of the public or media had concerns about whether a particular individual should be able to carry a concealed weapon, they could ask officials to check the database by providing a government document such as a police report or court record that indicates that the person should not have a permit.

“I want to make sure that the extra check on the system remains in place,” Lamberth said. “My problem is having the private information of citizens who have done nothing more than exercise their Second Amendment rights broadcast over the Internet.”

It is not the first time the debate over public access to gun records has occurred in Tennessee. Bills similar to Lamberth’s were proposed after the Memphis Commercial Appeal used state gun permit data in 2008 to show gaps in the time between when people with concealed weapons permits were convicted of serious crimes and when their permits were revoked. Those bills never became law.

Kent Flanagan, executive director of the Tennessee Open Government Coalition, said that gun permit records in the state have been public for more than 30 years, as lawmakers sought to bring transparency to a process that previously was corrupt. Officials had been using their discretion to give out gun permits as political favors rather than issuing the permits based on the applicant’s qualifications.

Flanagan said his organization is against legislation that would restrict access to gun permit records. He views the bills as attempts to further erode the public’s access to all kinds of government information, not just gun data. The result is an overall weakening of the state’s public records citi credit card login payment billdesk and the ability of citizens to learn about government activities, he said.

“Since the act was made law in 1957, we have added more than 350 exemptions,” Flanagan said.

Although Flanagan said that some of the exemptions, such as for records involving child welfare and security of government facilities, are warranted, subjecting access to public records to the political whims of the day makes i ll be home for the holidays difficult for citizens and the media to know what government is up to.

“If you can’t see what the government is doing, how can you possibly know how they’re doing it?” he said.

Public oversight of guns weakened

Widespread efforts to restrict public access to gun permit records means that the public loses out on learning about trends, accountability gaps and other potential problems in a state’s gun licensing scheme, said Michael Luo, an investigative reporter with The New York Times who has used such records in his past reporting.

In 2011, Luo compared gun permit data in North Carolina with criminal records to show that individuals who had been convicted of violent crimes and in some cases, sentenced to prison, still had valid gun permits.

The story exposed a gap in oversight between local sheriffs — who process, approve and revoke individual applications — and the criminal courts. In short, the two branches of government were not talking to each other.

Luo said that by preventing people from accessing gun permit rockland journal news contact, states are potentially allowing problems with the permitting system to go unchecked.

“Closing off access closes off other attempts to independently monitor how well these programs are being policed and also closes off inquiries into these permit holders and whether or not they are law abiding or whether or not they commit gun related crimes at a higher rate, not just by media, but academics too,” he said.

Luo said that it may be possible to address the privacy concerns voiced by legislatures while still enabling public oversight of the permitting systems, rockland journal news contact as by providing de-identified data or by not releasing an individual’s address.

But without access to names of individual permit holders or some other personally identifying information, it becomes difficult to cross-reference data with other sources, such as criminal court records, Luo said. That would make reporting about gun permitting systems less profound.

“Without names, you lose the power in the details,” he said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do a story with all those anecdotes.”

Источник: https://www.rcfp.org/journals/wake-journal-news-publishin/

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