Journal News gun permit map: Fecal matter mailed to editor CynDee Royle

A Glock 29 10-mm pistol hangs on display

A Glock 29 10-mm pistol hangs on display with other Glock hand guns at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade show in Las Vegas. (Jan. 18, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Police say someone mailed fecal matter to the home of an editor for a New York newspaper that has published the names and addresses of handgun owners.

White Plains police Commissioner David Chong says a suspicious package that brought out the Westchester County bomb squad Thursday turned out to contain "non-toxic fecal matter."

He said Friday the package was sent to a Journal News employee. The newspaper identified her as CynDee Royle, who's editor and vice president/news.

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The package was the fifth potentially harmful parcel sent to the newspaper or its employees since a Dec. 23 article and online map that revealed the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties.

The Journal News has been the target of sharp criticism from gun rights advocates and some media ethicists since running the story and interactive map. The publication added fuel to an already-emotional national debate in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., mass shooting that claimed the lives of 20 young children and seven adults.

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