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UPI) - A New York newspaper that drew nationwide anger after publishing gun-permit holders' names and addresses is now protected by armed guards, the publisher said.

The increased security at The Journal News, which covers the lower Hudson Valley just north of New York City, comes as the newspaper promised to forge ahead with plans to expand its interactive map of pistol-permit holders to include a third county.

It also comes amid a several-hour scare at the newspaper's White Plains office when an envelope containing a suspicious white powder arrived in the mail.

Local officials said they determined the substance in the envelope was not a threat.

The Gannett Co. newspaper published an article Dec. 23 titled "The Gun Owner Next Door: What You Don't Know About the Weapons in Your Neighborhood" after the mass school shooting in nearby Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children and six adult staffers dead.

The article was accompanied online by an interactive map showing a database of pistol-permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties (tinyurl.com/agvla2p).

The newspaper has been criticized for publishing the data, which it obtained legally through the state's Freedom of Information Law.

Others said they felt the report shed light on the presence of legally permitted guns in their communities.


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