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.

Michael Shea January 03, 2013 at 03:08 AM
The Harvard papers are just a studies of various other studies based on hypotheses etc. etc. - possible interesting for academics but not a refutation of the actual homicide rates I cited. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence study includes suicides. If you include suicides CT has a similar gun "death rate" as Canada. The problem is that the data does not indicate that any existing or proposed gun laws short of complete confiscation will do anything to reduce gun homicides in the US. Furthermore it is a huge, stark, irrefutable fact that when guns were easily bought without any restrictions the homicide rate and the number of mass shootings was much lower. Why was Connecticut in 1912 so much less violent? The guns were available - some other things must have changed.
Bill Hillman January 03, 2013 at 03:28 AM
This is worth watching: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ooa98FHuaU0
yinyang January 03, 2013 at 04:08 AM
Haha.. A "huge, stark, irrefutable fact..." You are laughable...there are so many studies which indicate exactly the opposite of your "huge, stark, blah blah blah"! Open your mind to the facts and stop spouting the nonsense you are determined to believe even if it's not true. Regarding another study from San Francisco... http://m.newstimes.com/danbury/db_14952/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=XZYuWRgt Not that any of this will change a mind which does not want to be changed...but still, facts are facts.
yinyang January 03, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Donald, you are capable of schooling no one, you simply like to hear yourself speak. If you had any real knowledge of the 2nd Ammendmend you would know that the founding fathers envisioned it very differently than the NRA started to spin it in the 70s. You've been schooled by the NRA and they've got you....but the nation is becoming smarter than that. Even George Bush gave up his membership after realizing the true motives of the NRA. You are a dying breed with archaic, outdated views. Adios...
Michael Shea January 03, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Ying that study is for overall gun deaths including suicide. Including suicides distorts the data. You might as well include soldiers in combat and then conclude that guns cause death. And the fact is irrefutable - the murder rate soared in the US during prohibition, dropped after repeal and then soared again in the late 1960's-1980's (after gun laws took effect).


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