Frank Abagnale, the career criminal who was portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie Catch Me If You Can, agrees with other prominent ex-cons that the published map of gun permit registrants in two New York counties makes the jobs of burglars and other wrongdoers much easier by helping them discern which homes are a more or less desirable target.
Abagnale, now a security consultant and who grew up in the suburban NYC area served by the Journal News, the publication that released the controversial interactive map showing names and addresses of registered gun permit holders, called the decision “reprehensible” according toFNC:
“It is unbelievable that a newspaper or so-called journalist would publish the names and addresses of legal gun owners, including federal agents, law enforcement officers and the like. This would be equivalent to publishing the names of individuals who keep substantial sums of money, jewelry and valuables in their home.”
Although officials in the counties of Westchester and Rockland coughed up the gun ownership list to the Journal News, Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant made national headlines after refusing to make public the gun records in his area because he doesn’t want to give criminals a roadmap that wound endanger public safety.
In an interview on FNC, New York State Senator Greg Ball pointed out that the gun map potentially revealed the residences of domestic violence victims who after relocating have applied for gun licenses for personal protection. He also noted that list also disclosed the addresses of retired cops who are now at risk from criminals seeking revenge.
Watch the interview with State Senator Ball regarding the controversial Journal News gun map: