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 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.

Sean M January 16, 2013 at 02:06 AM
I do not have a solution to all this. I would not read into any comment other than what I say. I have answered this on this thread. I think some of my responses were not posted. I do not trust government and for good reason. We do not need government with the right to access our private medical records. The one thing that I am sure of is in gun free zones, crazy people will hurt unarmed people.
Erik Musick January 16, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Thank you for your answers. I wanted to be sure I did not misunderstand you.
Erik Musick January 16, 2013 at 04:16 AM
Oh no. Is this our future? http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Cities-and-towns-to-seek-sweeping-gun-reforms-4196881.php
socrates January 16, 2013 at 09:42 AM
CT seems to be oblivious to that Constitution thing. It'd be struck down.
socrates January 16, 2013 at 09:48 AM
Sean, you have to screen people for mental illness when they apply for a permit. This is the piece still missing. They can only be barred from a gun if they have a history of mental illness AND someone actually puts them on the NICS list.


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