Putnam County, NY, won't give gun info to paper

Putnam County, NY, won't give gun info to paper
A list of gun owners already published by a New York newspaper.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - The controversy over a New York newspaper's publication of an interactive database of gun permit holders is turning into an open government standoff.

A county clerk has refused to release names and addresses of residents with pistol permits.

Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant cites concerns about the safety of permit holders with protection orders as among the reasons for turning down a request from the Journal News. It wants information on who holds handgun permits in his county.

The move is backed by several local elected officials, including County Executive MaryEllen Odell. She calls the paper "reckless" and says families would be put at risk if the information was released.

But experts say the county will have a difficult time defending the refusal, because New York state law classifies the data as public.