New York City Mayor and gun-control advocate Michael Bloomberg today voiced uncertainty about a local newspaper’s decision to publish the names and addresses of area residents with gun permits.
“It is public information, the public owns that data,” Bloomberg said in an inteview with WOR 710. “On the other hand, I’m not so sure I think we should go and publish everybody’s tax returns… or everybody’s psychiatric records.”
In the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary shooting in Newtown, Conn., the West Nyack, N.Y.-based ‘Journal News’ published an online map showing the names and addresses of the residents in Westchester and Rockland counties who owned gun permits, a move that drew heated criticism from conservatives and pro-gun advocates. The controversy grew more heated when officials in Putnam County refused the Journal News’ request for its residents’ information, which state officials called a violation of New York law, and the newspaper hired armed guards due to fear of threats.
But even America’s most anti-gun mayor isn’t sure the ‘Journal News’ made the right decision.
“My instincts would be no, but I can’t give you a good argument,” he said when asked if it was the right thing to do.