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Notorious “gun map” wildly inaccurate

When the Journal News published a map showing the location of all households in their corner of New York, gun-rights activists vehemently criticized the decision as irresponsible, one that put the entire community in danger. As it turns out, they underestimated just how irresponsible the Journal News decision was. The map wildly overstated the number of active gun permits, and it turns out the newspaper didn’t bother to verify any of their information (via Instapundit):

The newspaper map of one New York county’s pistol permits was riddled with problems, thanks to inaccurate data in official records, acknowledges the paper that published it. Just 3,907 of the 16,998 permit-holding households displayed on the Journal News‘ Rockland County map were current; the rest were classified as “historical,” with no updates in the past five years, explains Rockland’s county clerk. Some permits were issued as long ago as the 1930s; owners could have moved, ditched their guns, or died since then.

The Journal News offers this lame rationale:

Until this month, only Westchester, Suffolk and Nassau counties required permits to be renewed every five years; New York City requires an update every three years.

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  • haroldson

    Big government is not something you can trust, This one for sure

  • “Don’t Bury Your Guns, Boys. Bury Those Who Come For Them. Then We’ll Hang the Elite Ruling Criminals Who Sent the Gun Grabbers.”
    “An ancient stalks our land, from sea to shining sea. It’s known by many different names but. all are Tyranny!
    Wake Up ! Government is the Enemy!
    Sic Semper Tyrannis !

    • Tejanojack

      Sic semper tyrannis is right!

  • Stealth

    Run by the pig-Bitch publisher who got more in BONUSES than her freeking salary!!!

  • thunderbob

    Get the addresses of all the employees of the newpaper and publish it under the title of; Rich person gun free zone!

  • Teapartyman

    I love these liberal politicians, that are protected by armed body guards, and have the best health care! They consider themselves as “elites”.

    • leesjokers


  • violater1

    I only hope that the lawsuits are filed and 100% successful closing the doors on the Journal News forever! I also hope that the subsequent unemployment for those responsible becomes a lifetime punishment! This irresponsibility deserves strengent punishment! These people deserve to be severely punished as their actions were not out of news reporting but was done out of malice against those who disagree with their hard nosed antigun attitudes stemming from pure ignorance!

  • Lurabyss

    New York politicians probably used the same source of data for qualifying voters in 2012.

  • pysco

    Since when has the liberal media, bothered with the truth…..

  • AZWarrior

    What fool believes LIEberals ever gave a schitt about ‘accuracy’?

  • Jay

    Why does this not surprise me?

  • All we need to do is self declare that we are all Journo-lists and thus completely covered by the First Amendment and we can do and say anything and we are completely protected. I pray some of the people whos homes were on this list sue the living crap out of the owners.

  • StillWatching2

    Ummm.. a newspaper publishing wrong stuff without checking?!?!? Not NEWS ! Not even to THEM ! !

  • Cooleemee Edd

    Sic Snoopy on Tyrants…my “Snoopy” weighs 80 lb. and can take your leg off!!

  • JCWS1

    Anyone coming for my guns would be advised to be “bulletproof” before they arrive.

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