Oregon newspaper sues for list of handgun permit owners
“We feel Sheriff Winters is allowing his personal feelings to interfere with his duty to enforce the law”
The Medford Mail Tribune has sued the sheriff for a list of concealed handgun licenses in Jackson County, hoping to determine how many are held by teachers. via KGW-TV Portland
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#1 Oct 16, 2007
It's none of your buiness who has concealed carry permits. Do you know how many people work for you that have carry permits? You would probably be very surprised at how many do and you don't it. So leave the rest of the world alone.
#2 Oct 18, 2007
If I was a teacher I would want to carry a gun. You should be checking to see how many students are prone to violence and leave those who obey the law alone.
#3 Oct 18, 2007
I think the sheriff, while possibly not strictly adhering to the law, has the right idea. I have a gun permit and I certainly don't want the blabbermounths at any newspaper to have that information! Who at the news office would see that information? Would it be protected from misuse? I doubt it very much! If they just want to do research, why don't they pay the sheriff's office to compile the statistics (gender, age, occupation, town of residence, etc.) of all permit holders without giving names or exact addresses? That way they would have all the information they need for "research" and personal/private identities would be protected. I suspect that once that list is released, the paper might find it a good idea to use that list to harrass individuals for "interviews" about owning a concealed weapon! You can't trust the media to protect an individual's rights! They always have their own agendas---usually to sell more papers! If the media actually practiced good sense and restraint to protect an individual's rights, they would never buy information/pictures from those hyenas known as "paparrazi." Think about it!
#4 Jan 7, 2008
I support the Sheriff 100%.
Isn’t this interesting? The people who are suing the Sheriff, asking that private citizen information be provided to them, are the same people opposing Homeland Security's listening in on telephone calls to other nations.
#5 Jan 16, 2008
I find it disturbing that the listing of licensed holders is public record. It seems backwards that someone would be able to get a hold of it upon request. The whole point in taking the time to go through the hoops in getting the permit is to allow for legal “non-disclosure” when concealing a firearm. I don’t want the world to know I have a weapon on me. Half the time my family is in the dark when I am carrying! That way there aren’t any issues and I am not making anyone who might have an issue with it uncomfortable in any way. If the state or county list of concealed weapons license holders is public domain, there are way too many possible “bad” outcomes with that information loose to anyone who wants it.
If the media were to print it, it would be like rating out your neighbor or family member who has gone against a Communist State! Everyone will “know who and what” and hence all privacy and anonymity will be lost. What would be the point in carrying concealed at that point? Strap on the side-holster and let the world know then.
The state should revise the law so that the data is for local Law Enforcement use ONLY!
I am very uncomfortable with potential criminals getting ahold of that data. It’s giving the general public and the criminals the upper hand, your adress and contact information and stamping a big "WELCOME TO ALL" matt on your door. Not a good policy.
#6 Jan 29, 2008
I agree that it would be violating our right to privacy. The Paper already knows where and when anyone moves. Read the "change of address" form at the post office. This really pisses me off. They don't need my info. I don't get the paper.
#7 Mar 24, 2008
The newspapers are on the side of the police state. google about Disneyland now fingerprinting kids in order to ride the rides, and about the shock bracelet they'll have us wear in airports in order to board!
Oh, and Lake O is very nice. If they are pulling any bodies out of lakes, it is from boating accidents. I'm sure there are drug dealers, but not your gangsta types, rather the organized white guys importing the stuff.
#9 Apr 1, 2008
The concealed license should be concealed information to everyone. The sheriff does not know from day to day which person has a gun with or without a license. Having a license does not mean having a gun and having a gun does not mean having a license so the information about who has a license is not valid as to who has a gun. I carry when camping but not when shopping, teaching or walking the dog. the news paper should report how much each customer pays for advertisement's so we know who is getting a sweeter deal.
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