Advertisers for The Journal News could face a boycott after the newspaper recently published the names and addresses of local gun owners.
The newspaper sparked outrage when it released an interactive map of people with pistol licenses in Westchester and Rockland counties. One blogger even retaliated by publishing the addresses and contact information for the newspaper's executives and staff members.
Now, the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is urging people across the country to stop giving business to companies that advertise with Gannett, which owns The Journal News. The group alleged in a statement that the newspaper committed a “wanton act” that “has put in harm's way tens of thousands of lawful license holders.”
The association is also asking customers to contact those companies, which include Best Buy, CVS, IKEA and Target, and ask them to pull their ads until the map is removed.