Website listing LI pistol-permit holders raises alarm

WOODBURY - Some local police officers have raised concerns over a new website that lists the names and addresses of all pistol-permit holders on Long Island, including retired cops.

Former NYPD detective Frank Shea believes publishing the registry could cost lives.

"Some of these people have been involved in some very, very sensitive cases, especially your undercovers, the prosecutors," he says. "There are some federal judges on there."

Attorney Ken Mollins agrees and has proceeded to challenge the state, which released the list in response to a freedom of information request.

"What can be the mindset of the state in releasing this information to put all these people at risk?" Mollins says.

State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) says he believes in freedom of information, but is supporting a new legislation that would greatly limit Internet searches of gun permit owners. Zeldin expects his bill to pass by summer.

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