N.Y. Paper Publishes Gun Database

    TINLEY PARK, IL - OCTOBER 18:  Fred Lutger, owner of Freddie Bear Sports, looks over a Winchester Platinum over/under shotgun being offered for sale at his store on October 18, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois.  Facing a $267.5 million fiscal 2013 budget gap, Cook County, which includes the City of Chicago and suburbs, has proposed a tax of 5 cents per bullet and $25 on each firearm sold at gun and sporting goods stores in the county. Lutger, who has owned Freddie Bear Sports for 35 years, is concerned with the impact the tax will have on his store which is located about 2 miles inside the Cook County line.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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    Some gun owners proudly posed with their new firearms on Christmas morning, but others are not willing to be so public. After a local New York newspaper, The Journal News, published an online database of local gun-permit holders, gun advocates took to social media to complain that their privacy has been violated and their safety compromised. The database was legally obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, and has since gone viral, inciting a debate over whether making the information public was irresponsible. "We knew publication of the database would be controversial, but we felt sharing as much information as we could about gun ownership in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings," said CynDee Royle, editor and vice president/news of The Journal News.

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