Gun permit database = angry readers


The Commercial Appeal, a newspaper in Tennessee, recently published an online database of all the people who have gun permits in the state.

The database, a public record available to anyone who wants it, included the name, street address and birthday of the people who had a gun permit.

This angered many, many people who thought this was an attempt to trample gun rights, and a privacy issue. Besides just lodging complaints about the database, some of these people started posting maps to editor’s homes online, along with “ominous threats,” prompting this editorial.

Now the state legislators there are considering making this list private.

Do you think the newspaper did something wrong? Should you have the right to see who in your community has a gun permit?

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3 Responses to Gun permit database = angry readers

  1. Privacy Please says:

    Yes the newspaper did something wrong, they put people in danger (including my sister in-law). Just because the records are public in TN, does not mean the paper should create a searchable database. The paper continues to act arrogantly and have abused the public’s trust. The TN legislature needs to take immediate action to protect the law abiding citizens of TN from abusive ex-husbands and criminals.
    No, you do not have a right to know who has a license to carry a firearm. Thankfully, the confidentiality of those records is specifically protected by statute in PA.

  2. A concealed carry permit holder says:

    Despite their editorial response, I think the newspaper is definitely endangering people by making it so easy to find out who is nearby with a permit.
    Imagine this scenario: A group of thugs has a couple of guns, but they want some more. They check the database and find a couple of permit holders nearby… and one of them is a female with no male permit holder at the same residence… That sounds like a pretty good target to me.
    As a single parent, I purchased my handgun to level the playing field. I may be a pretty tough woman, but I will never be as strong as most men. I train regularly and am very comfortable with my gun. I feel that part of the power of my weapon is in the element of surprise. I certainly don’t look like a woman who would be armed. If someone were going to attack me or my children, I wouldn’t want them to know in advance so that they could be on the lookout for my weapons.
    I thing we’re much safer when the criminals don’t know who is armed.

  3. This is a terrible idea and these newspaper editors should be put in jail immediately! No trial, no indictment, just imprisonment for flagrant violation of the second amendment.
    The only way to reduce crime is we assume that everyone, everywhere, is armed. Not just on the streets but at work, at school, even on an airplane. Think about it: If citizens had been armed on airplanes during 9/11, would the WTC still be standing? If students and teachers could have been armed at Va tech, would thost massicres have ocured? If high school students and teachers could have shot back at Columbine, how many lives could be saved?
    The 2nd amendment says no one’s right to firearms can be abridged. That means no one. It doesn’t say over 21″ or “who has not been declared mentally incompetent” or “who has not been found guilty of a felony.”

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