NEW YORK (AP) – A state appellate court reversed a decision Tuesday that would have allowed The New York Times access to home addresses of gun permit holders in New York City as well as addresses of hate crime victims.
The Times had asked the New York Police Department for the information in 2010 under freedom of information laws and been denied but a state court in November 2011 decided in favor of the paper seeing those databases. The Appellate Division, First Department said Tuesday that decision was incorrect.
However, the lower court had denied the Times access to another database connected to the NYPD’s street stop program and the appellate court remanded the issue back down to the lower court.
The Times said the decision was being reviewed and next steps being considered.
The city’s lawyer, Michael Cardozo, said the ruling “protects important privacy interests and allows an appropriate balance between privacy and safety concerns versus the public’s right to know.”
A suburban New York City newspaper in December stirred outrage when it published the names and addresses of thousands of gun permit holders. The Journal News defended its publication of the public records but pulled the information from its site after it was inundated with complaints and even threats.
New York’s new gun control law allows handgun permit applicants to ask that their personal information be kept secret for any of several reasons: if they are police officers, witnessed a crime, served on a jury in a criminal case or are victims of domestic violence. They can also claim they fear for their safety or might be subjected to harassment.
Permit holders can also ask that their personal information from previous applications be withdrawn from the public record for the same reasons.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- Telecommuting: 5 tips to make it work for employers and employees
- See how top CFOs feel about economic growth in the Valley
- Migraine myths that keep patients from effective treatments
- Here’s why Gaydos went tankless with his water heater
- 12 things to watch before the Oscars
- Bocce ball and basketball: How you can help Arizona's Special Olympics athletes
- Tips on building the best wine room in Arizona
- Avoid the nightmare: 6 tips to choose a great contractor
- Breast cancer: Improved testing and treatments means more survivors
- Best and worst of Super Bowl commercials
- Failed back surgery: New hope for patients living in pain
- Ticking time bombs: Telltale signs your water heater is about to explode
- Reading glasses could be a thing of the past
- 6 cool ways teachers are using technology in the classroom
- Emerging tech jobs in Phoenix and how to get one in 2017
- 4 top treatments athletes use for pain
- Emergency! What to do when bathrooms flood
- Operation Santa Claus needs holiday help
- This college bowl season is likely to be epic
- Arizona kids in crisis: How you can help
- 11 holiday classics for the ultimate movie marathon
- New treatment offers hope for migraine sufferers
- 11 stadiums to watch your favorite football team
- Shopping for a TV? Best models for 2016
- The new beer pairing guide for holiday foods
- Avoid this holiday plumbing disaster in your home
- 7 tips to avoid holiday weight gain
- New treatments mean better prostate cancer survival rates
- 5 of the scariest things found in drains
- 6 tips to create the best family movie night