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.

victor January 01, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Do those in CT named on the original list of permit holders have standing to sue the publisher?
Ksmithee January 02, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Here's the irony, the Journal News paper that recklessly outed law abiding citizens with their names and addresses just hired an armed security service due to threats. I guess it's ok for them but not the masses to enjoy their Constitutional right. http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/01/journal-news-hires-armed-security-guards-153103.html
Local Thoughts January 03, 2013 at 07:53 PM
This is no different than when the Patch published the owners and addresses of the most expensive homes in town, as well as, the owners and license plate numbers of the most expensive cars in town during the Occupy frenzy. All of this info may be publicly available in their respective states but is it responsible journalism to publish it? I don’t think so.
Siwanoy January 03, 2013 at 08:23 PM
the BIG difference is that you didn't hear from high end car owners before hand saying that owning them makes them safer...
Local Thoughts January 03, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Well, actually, they DO make you safer, which is one of the reasons for buying a Benz over a Buick, but you are missing my point.


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