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TELL US: Should Licensed Gun Owners' Information be Public?

If you are licensed to own a gun, do you care if your name and address are publicized?

A news publication in New York is under scrutiny for publishing the names and addresses of gun owners in certain parts of the state.  

Less than two weeks after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., the New York Journal News earlier this week published the names and addresses of local gun owners in three New York counties.  

A story titled, "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood," highlights the names and addresses of residents who are licensed to own handguns. The information was obtained through Freedom of Information Law requests, according to The Huffington Post

The Journal News reportedly requested the information from New York's Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, though the publication was only able to obtain the names and addresses of those who have a license to own a handgun. 

The move has drawn considerable criticism; some people claim the article has put those named in danger, as they could expose law enforcement officials who are licensed to own guns. Others think it's dangerous because now criminals might know who does not own a gun.

What do you think? Should the Journal News have published that information, since it is public? Or has this compromised the privacy and safety of those individuals who are licensed to own guns? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

LCT January 09, 2013 at 01:22 AM
In MA Level I sex offenders are also technically "public" but you must go to the Police Station, ask about a specific person & fill out a form, including why you want the info in order to obtain said "public" information. How about the newspaper printing all the names, addresses of those arrested for OUI, domestic violence, lost driver's licenses for violations, recently released from jail/prision, people who defaulted on their mortgages, receiving any public assistance? Surely all that info is available via a FOIA request also. I would much rather know about OUI's, Level I sex offenders, & ex-inmates living in my neighborhood. Michael, do you honesty feel it was necessary to print info on current & ex-police officers, security personnel, corrections officers, etc? This is putting these people in physical jeopardy. One woman has come forward who has been successfully hiding from a stalker for 2 yrs. Within 2 days of publishing list, her stalker has found her. The newspaper used extremely poor judgment & should be boycotted. Just because you can do something doesn't mean you have to. Furthering of a political view point is not an acceptable reason to "out" law-abiding gun permit owners.
dan January 09, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Al Please read the book Dial 911 and Die
dan January 09, 2013 at 12:06 PM
agree
barbara mullin January 22, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Rev. That is the best extension of this "go public" argument love it
dan January 22, 2013 at 11:41 PM
The patch e-mail new is concerned how many people exercise their 2nd amendment rights while they leave the medial alone who exploit the 1st amendment. For instance, according to Retired Colonel Dave Grossman and Gloria DeGaetano, who wrote the book “Stop Teaching our Kids to Kill,” there have been over (5,000) five thousands studies showing a causal relationship that TV and media cause violence. This book was written in 1999 and the studies have been conducted since the early 1950’s— http://www.killology.com/new_media_vio.htm Furthermore, shortly before the Connecticut massacre, the state considered passing an involuntary outpatient treatment law which would forcibly committed the mentally ill murderer. However, ACLU protested and the law failed. His mother, the teachers and the children would have been alive today if the ACLU didn’t protest. Just like the Woburn Patch publishing the firearms information on its web paper, the ACLU knew the press would blame the NRA and the licenses firearm public. Anyway, the President and Patch have left this information out of the public decision. Was it because the president received millions of dollars from Hollywood for his presidential campaign and the 15 million tax break for Hollywood; and the tax increase for the working people weren’t enough? How much advertising or donations does Hollywood give the Patch newspaper through grant money to pay for their silence; and to publish firearm licenses information?

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