New York paper receives white powder letter following gun controversy

A New York-based newspaper at the center of a gun control controversy was recently evacuated following a white powder scare.

Hazardous materials teams were called to the Journal News after a suspicious envelope containing white powder was found by a mail room worker. White Plains Police Commissioner David Chong said initial test results showed the substance to be non-toxic, according to

Chong did not say who the envelope was addressed to. He said the mail room worker was decontaminated by one of the hazmat teams.

The Journal News caused a stir recently when it published a map including the names and addresses of registered gun owners in nearby Westchester and Rockland counties. Critics and gun-owner organizations called for an advertising boycott of the paper. A Facebook page in support of the boycott has already gathered more than 1,000 followers.

"This wanton act by the Journal News has put in harm's way tens of thousands of lawful license-holders," the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association said in a statement, reports. "This action can only be viewed as an attempt to intimidate and bully lawful, gun-owning citizens."

The fallout from the map controversy prompted the Journal News to hire several armed guards to protect its office in White Plains.