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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.

But 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.

Robert Chambers January 02, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Think about it. What is the benefit to publishing this information? 1. If you *know* a house has no guns, then that makes it a fairly safe burglary option. 2. If you *know* a house has guns then that make it a fairly risky burglary option. 3. Corollary to 2- If you monitor a house with guns and make sure everyone is gone then it could be a good source for guns to steal and commit crimes with. There are legislators that want to publish this information, if they do it then it should be for everyone... police, feds, fbi, and legislators that have permits. I mean if you're going to do something stupid go all in! As for parents who say "I want to know before I let my kids play there" - Here's an idea.. how about get to know the parents of the friends your kids play with?????????? If the gun thing scares you just ask them "I'm uncomfortable with my child around firearms so I would like to know if you have them in your house" If they do, then perhaps those kids can come over your house. If they are responsible gun owners they will be locked away pursuant to the state statute requiring the securing of firearms in a home with children present. Get involved with your kids, get involved with those they hang out with, it's your JOB as a parent!
CuriousOrange January 02, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Why be so afraid of information? Shame? Paranoia? Bogymen? The truth shall set you free. Right?
Mike January 02, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Never say it can't happen here. It may be illeagal to disclosed that information, but the law fails to stop a lot of people from doing a lot of things. It doesn't stop drug addicts from buying drugs. It doesn't stop convicted felons from buying guns. It has been said that the law only works when men respect the law. When people don't care about the law, stuff happens.
Shirley B. Backus January 03, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Robert Chambers said it best! Everybody should go back and read his comment. Letting everybody know who has guns in their home is like telling criminals who are unable to buy them where they can get them. We need to make it harder for criminals to get their hands on guns - not easier!

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