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.

Yooper January 02, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Are you trying to say that some gun owners are not inordinately proud of their arsenals and their perceived ability to fend off an invading army?
cheryl January 02, 2013 at 09:34 PM
You can NEVER fend off the US army or any other US armed forces. You're kidding me right? Can't even believe you said that.
cheryl January 02, 2013 at 09:45 PM
But do you think we should have a even chance? What makes the military more equipt than its citzens? Why should we be defenseless against a brutal controlling abusive gov? The gov is the ONE and ONLY that can use deadly force without consequences. They have the monopoly on violence. We get sentenced as we should if "we breaksome's leg or pick someone's pocket". As governments grow and their citizens inch by inch lose their freedoms will you trust any government to respect humanity? Absolute power corrupts absolutely- didn't you ever hear of that? We are well on our way if we (American citizens) don't wake up. As stated the German jews voted for Hitler see what happened to them? I bet they didn't know their gov would eventually KILL them either. Would they have been able to protectthemselves and their families if they had weapons? Interesting isn't it?
Voice of Reason January 02, 2013 at 11:42 PM
Way to go to the Journal News, predators should send a fruit basket. One has to wonder how many victims of domestic violence and retired police officers had all their into published? As you said, we must also consider that predators now know who to target due to lack of self-defense ability, the potential anti-gun zealot backlash and potential attempted gun thefts. Just because something is considered public information doesn't make it prudent to broadcast it via media. However, I'm sure the Journal News, in respect to their story, will hide behind the 1st Amendment just as they will use the 2nd Amendment as their Right to armed guards.
Brian March 03, 2013 at 07:24 PM
by that logic we should have won Vietnam! and Iraq and Afghanistan..............


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