New York Times can't have addresses of gun owners, court says


A New York appellate court has sided with the New York City Police Department in a dispute over whether it should turn over home addresses of handgun owners to The New York Times, which made a Freedom of Information Law request for them in 2010. Dana Rubinstein describes the court's thinking: Releasing the addresses "might endanger permit-holders, and, since the NYPD had already released the zip codes of permit-holders to the Times, would really serve no further journalistic purpose."

New York state approved a gun law last month that put a lid on public records about gun owners.

The Times had no plans to publish a Journal News-style map of gun owners in New York City, a Times source told Rubinstein in January:

The Times rarely, if ever, publishes raw data, and it had no intention of publishing the addresses of the permit holders, someone at the newspaper told me, when I called to ask about the suit.

Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy told Rubinstein the paper is "considering our legal next steps."

Previously: NYT reporters sued for gun owners’ addresses | Journal News fronts gun info about Congress members | Buffalo News requests gun data — to have, not to publish | Poynter's Journal News gun map archive

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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