"Where are the gun permits in your neighborhood?" That's the question posed by The Journal News, a New York newspaper that published a Google map on Sunday that shows the names and addresses of pistol or revolver permits in Westchester and Rockland counties.
The timing of the Journal News report is especially sensitive because of the gun control debate sparked by the fatal mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
The information was gathered through requests filed under Freedom of Information laws, but the Journal didn't get everything it wanted. The paper also requested the number and types of guns owned by permit holders, which the state's public information officer denied. The map omits owners of rifles and shotguns, which can be purchased in New York without a permit. A third county, Putnam County, is still in the process of handing the information over to the paper for publication.