The Journal News created a map of gun permit holders in the state of New York. While the news organization claimed that they did this because people have a right to know who the gun owners in their neighborhood are I believe the purpose behind publishing the maps was more nefarious. Most of us in the gun rights community warned that maps like this put gun owners at risk because it informed thieves where they could be reasonably assured guns could be stolen. Needless to say a burglar used the map to steal firearms:
Brewster, N.Y. – 1/13/2013 – Today Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I) announced that a burglary has been reported on Davis Ave. in White Plains, New York that evidently ties into The Journal News gun maps. It is reported that the burglar used The Journal News’ interactive gun map to target a home included on the map. Luckily the gun was locked up and no one was hurt.
It was bound to happen and I think that was why the Journal News published the maps.