Appeals Court Rules Gun License Data Can Be Withheld

A New York State appeals court has ruled that the names and addresses of New York City gun permit holders can be kept secret.

The New York Times sued to get that information from the NYPD in 2010. The ruling overturns a lower court's decision in favor of releasing the information.

While the lawsuit predates the current discussions about gun control, the appellate court ruling comes a month after another New York newspaper, The Journal News, published the names and addresses of gun permit holders in Rockland and Westchester counties.

New York's new gun control laws now include a provision that allows permit holders to petition to have their names and addresses kept secret.

The Times did not immediately respond to a request for comment.