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I'm speechless...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 7thCavScout, Feb 25, 2011.

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  1. 7thCavScout

    7thCavScout Member

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    So I get home from work tonight and pick up a copy of our local daily newspaper. Hey! There's my name..... Low and behold, they decided to publish the name of every single concealed weapons permit holder in the county. I keep fluctuating between mad and indifferent. The list is public information available from the Sheriff's Dept, but why would they publish something like this. What good can possibly come from this. I have a lot of friends who have no idea I carry. Guess they do now.
    Curious as to how those of you with CCW permits would feel in this position.
     
  2. ColtPythonElite

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    Like you said it's public record...Reminds me of the paper "Crime Times" that just popped up. People booked in the local jails are all ticked off because their name, charges, and mugshot are being put in a gas station tabloid...It's out there for the reading for anybody that wants it. I'd guess most people won't scan the names in the paper and look for people they know.
     
  3. SharpsDressedMan

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    My license plate says "TWO GUNS" on it. Guess you know how I feel. To date, no one has tried to rob me, stolen from my car, nor have I been pulled over by the police. Maybe a little advertising is a good thing.
     
  4. jiminhobesound

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    CCW names published

    I would be steamed. I would ask an attorney if the newspaper had put you at risk for breakins. Perhaps each and every one of you listed can take individual action to try to overwhelm the idiots at the newspapers. I would find who was responsible for the decision to publish the list. I would write the NRA and alert them but they should already know of the listing. Iowa has always been such a strange political state.
     
  5. Bubba613

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    It's merely a tactic by the antis to PO gun owners. So what? I wouldn't get excited about it, unless you were the only permit holder listed.
     
  6. Old krow

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    It's a good thing that they don't post the names pf people without guns isn't it? :eek:
     
  7. rquack

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    I think it's time for you to bring some political pressure to bear upon your state legislators. Im MI a provision of the CPL statute prohibits the publication of this info. I guess you now are aware that every scumbag in the hood now has reason to believe that you have weapons in your home and he may now have a desire to visit when you aren't home. Pressure your lawmakers to change this.
     
  8. Omaha-BeenGlockin

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    I would write them a polite little letter stating you will no longer be taking the paper and why.

    Also---that they will be included in a lawsuit should anything happen to my person or property because of their actions.

    Scum like this only understand when you play hardball and hit them in the pocketbook.
     
  9. mikerault

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    Find out the name, address and phone number of the reporter and editor of the Newspaper and post them here, we can all take turns calling them, putting their names in for various vacation plans, interesting magazine subscriptions and any number of things, after all, it is public information. We all can play "reveal information that should be private".
     
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    I have the "good luck", if you can call it that, of living both rurally and in a big city, my time divided evenly between the two. In the small town the short list would be anyone who DOESN'T have a CWP (CPL here in WA), in the big city, no one gives a rat's rear end.

    As long as your address has not been published as well, I'd blow it off.
     
  11. eldon519

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    If you're the vindictive type, you could cross-check the newspapers' listed staff against the sex offender registry and see if you could get that published in a rival paper.
     
  12. Shadow 7D

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    I would sue
    And the above ^^^^
    Oh, and what about those victims of Sexual assault and Domestic violence who have a CCW for protection.... Oh wait, now their VIOLENT partner knows where they are....
     
  13. NMGonzo

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    It is dirty an unnecessary to do what the paper did for whatever reason.

    What about publishing the paper's editor relatives, phone numbers, email addresses ... they are public record too.

    You can always take it a notch higher and publish the name of their children and what school they attend ... public record.

    Of course, that would be dirty too.
     
  14. Frozen North

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    A simple public record search of the reporter should turn up something.... or the editor... or the owner(s) and investors in the paper. How about advertisers? Its all public record right?

    Those who live in glass houses ought not throw stones.....
     
  15. sharpie414

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    #11 yes. this.
     
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    I live in Iowa, have had the same thing happen with our local liberal paper. At one time it bothered me, no longer.....it simply tells the rest of the community who of us are law abiding citizens that have clean records. I suspect most anti-gunners couldn't pass a background check. Consider your name being published as a badge of honor.
     
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    I never read a newspaper. I heard that most people don't anymore. It seems like everyone who works in that industry is an anti gun lefty. That is a good reason not to read them. You can get your news from talk radio and the Internet.
     
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    Contact the paper and discontiue service. Then contact every CCW'er listed and recommend same.
     
  19. Ske1etor

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    Roanoke Times. Christian Trejbal. Ask him if its OK to list "public records" such as this in the newspaper.

    I think I would be on the phone with the newspaper to inform them of the civil lawsuit they were about to enter. Their irresponsibility is a danger to your safety.
     
  20. Justin

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    This happened to me several years ago. I would strongly suggest you check the website for your newspaper, as they've likely published this information online as well.

    When it happened to me I was quite upset, as publishing that information is an invasion of privacy, even if the database is legally available. Thankfully, due to the action of many gun owners who were affected, the publication opted to reconsider their publication of that database.

    Ultimately, the concealed carry laws that allow the databases to be published should be amended to keep the list private.
     
  21. Ske1etor

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    Public record doesn't mean what many of you folks may believe. If YOU want the information, you can run downtown and pay to get public information printed.... but you cannot put up a billboard with the information on it. Simply doesnt work that way.
     
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    During the summer a similar thing happened to us in which a story was published in a newspaper and on that newspaper's website. That story contained a link to another site where anyone could download the list of names and addresses for everyone in NY state who holds a pistol permit. Many people complained about this and it seems that it has been taken down now, but it was up for over a month.
     
  23. Shadow 7D

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    I would forward a link to your local CCW and Rifle association, also the NRA local chapter.

    I would take the paper into the offices of your local representatives, after all, this is Texas, pretty likely they, or someone they know is on that list.
     
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    No, it isn't - with a name, I can go to my county's tax collector data base and find your home
     
  25. Tim the student

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    Pretty low road, IMO. It makes me want to be low road too, and take out an ad that lists home addresses and phone numbers, family members etc of everyone that deals with the paper.

    Do you have a link?
     
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