(UPDATE) Gawker getting death threats over NYC gun owners list

4d141e1339c67983b7c6803872623008

UPDATE: John Cook, the Gawker writer who posted the list of gun permit holders, told Metro that, although he originally asked the NYPD for a list of permit holders for all firearms, some people have pointed out to him that the codes on the list are all for handgun permits.

Metro’s original story is below.

After publishing a list of the names of people who hold gun licenses in New York City, news outlet Gawker Media is receiving death threats, according to a post on their website.

Gawker writer John Cook posted a 446-page list of “every licensed gun owner in New York City” from the NYPD, which he said he has had since filing a Freedom of Information Law request in 2010.

This is following the fallout over a map the Journal News in White Plains published, showing the full names and addresses of “pistol permit holders” in Westchester and Rockland Counties. The Journal News recently had an Anthrax scare at their office.

Gawker, and Cook specifically, have emphasized the distinction between their action and that of the Journal News, namely that Cook did not publish addresses, only names.

Both the Journal News and Gawker have noted that these names are publicly available to begin with.

Following the post, a female Gawker employee reportedly unconnected to Cook’s post received a threatening phone call warning her and her co-workers to “look both ways because you’re going to get shot.” Gawker reported that they have informed the police of these threats.

When asked whether the people on Gawker’s list were actual verified gun owners or people permitted to possess a firearm who may not actually own weapons, two separate representatives at the NYPD’s Public Information department said that no one in the department at that moment knew of the Gawker report, or the death threats.

Cook confirmed that the listed individuals are permitted to own firearms, not necessarily verified owners.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Judge holds Amber Hellesten for trial on murder…

Amber Hellesten turns 16 next Wednesday, April 30. It could be her first of many birthdays behind bars.

National

University of New Mexico running back arrested for…

By Joseph J. KolbALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - A University of New Mexico football player has been arrested on suspicion of raping and kidnapping a…

National

Teen who stowed away on flight to Hawaii…

By Alex Dobuzinskis(Reuters) - A teenage boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a…

Money

Investing is easier than you think

Easy investing: Everything you need to know about investing, you already do.

Television

John Turturro tags in for Robert De Niro…

The cast of the courtroom drama miniseries has undergone yet another shift. Following Robert De Niro's exit, the cable network has brought in John Turturro…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 22: 'Glee,' 'Agents…

'Glee' Rachel makes her Broadway debut in "Funny Girl." Remember when she was just a high school drama nerd? FOX, 8PM 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'…

The Word

Lindsay Lohan's big, drunk interview

Lindsay Lohan appears to be completely off the wagon now, if Kode magazine's chronicle of her trip to Coachella is any indication. According to the…

The Word

What we learned from the premiere of 'True…

Does watching someone's marriage implode make for great TV? The show runners at "True Tori" think Tori Spelling's heartbreak is hot stuff indeed.

NHL

Lundqvist, Rangers take control as Flyers falter in…

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist turned away 31 Flyers shots to give the Blueshirts the series edge with a 4-1 victory Tuesday nigh

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Brewers best in baseball, Dodgers,…

MLB Power Rankings: Brewers best in baseball, Dodgers, Cardinals, Yankees surge. The A's, Braves, Rangers, Giants and Rockies are also in the top 10.

MLB

Metro one-on-one: Q&A with Phillies centerfielder Ben Revere

Charlie Manuel used to say that the Phillies go as Jimmy Rollins goes. Well, Ryne Sandberg might have a new Phillies catalyst, Ben Revere, in his midst.

NBA

Breaking down the Sixers top draft options

With the NBA Playoffs now in full force, there’s only one thing on the mind of Sixers fans at the moment -- the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery.

Wellbeing

How to burn off all that Easter candy

Sorry to be a buzzkill, but you can't eat chocolate eggs and Jelly Bellys forever.

Food

Powdered alcohol: 5 things to know about 'Palcohol'

What's the deal with powdered alcohol? Here's what you need to know about Palcohol.

Travel

Travel hacks: 6 tips on living out of…

Lynne Martin shares her travel hacks on living out of just two suitcases.

Wellbeing

Tough Mudder pro gives tips on conquering a…

Learn hacks from head designer Nolan Kombol.