Published Gun Permit Info Couldn't Happen Here

In the wake of the Newtown shootings, when the Journal News newspaper printed the names and addresses of legal gun permit holders in three New York counties, the reaction was swift and harsh. But it couldn't happen here.

In response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, one New York state newspaper featured the names and addresses of all pistol permit holders in three counties. 

That won't be happening here in Connecticut because state law prohibits it, CT News Junkie reports.

For almost 20 years the information has been exempt from public disclosure, the website reports, after it was included as a trade-off in a bill that made it more difficult for convicted felons to buy guns. 

In New York State, that information falls under that state's Freedom of Information laws, so the Journal News was able to obtain lists of individuals who legally hold gun permits. It published the names and addresses of those people, which resulted in an outcry from pro-gun supporters and residents alike.

In response, some circulated on blogs and on Facebook the names, home addresses and phone numbers of the Journal News editors and reporters involved in the story, including Editor Cyndee Royle, Publisher Janet Hasson and Reporter Dwight R. Worley.

They also posted pictures from the newspaper employee's Facebook pages showing their family members and the cars they drive.

Since the Dec. 14 shootings in Newtown, there has been an increase in the number of people looking to obtain a gun permit in Connecticut, the Register-Citizen reports. There's also been an unusually large increase in gun sales reported both in Connecticut and throughout the country, which many attribute to fears that President Obama and Congress will now enact tougher gun laws that could include a return of the assault rifle ban and a ban on high capacity magazines.

jungis4545 January 06, 2013 at 08:49 PM
While we're at it, why not publish the names and addresses of all people on welfare?
MikeS January 06, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Horrible, horrible false equivalency. A women's abortion poses positively no threat to anyone in the general public. Living next to, or in the same neighborhood, as somebody stockpiling weapons could lead to trouble, especially if they are mentally unstable or careless. Your right to own certain weapons doesn't trump our right to know about it and avoid you.
Cheryl Craig Smith January 06, 2013 at 09:59 PM
I as a parent would want to know if someone had a gun in their home if my children were going over to their home BUT I do not feel it should be published. As far as Alexander stating if a woman got an abortion it should be in the paper...grow up pal.
DW January 07, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Amazing how the Left insists on a Right to Privacy until it comes to something they oppose. Then all of a sudden it's "in the public interest." Hypocrisy in the first degree....
Joe Loschiavo January 07, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Publishing this type of information is incredibly dangerous and foolish for all citizens. For all intents and purposes, it provides would-be criminals a road map to all the "soft targets" that are out there... ie, the people that don't have guns. It also provides criminals a map of homes to hit if they are interested in obtaining firearms by stealing them... if they are brave enough to try. It also puts people like police officers(check in NY how pissed the cops are about what happened) and their families and battered women who are in hiding and may have carry permits all at risk. This is all common sense 101 to anyone who studies crime and criminal behavior. I guess pursuing an agenda is more important than public safety though.


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