TELL US: Should Licensed Gun Owners' Information be Public?

If you are licensed to own a gun, would you want your name and address publicized?

A news publication in New York is under scrutiny for publishing the names and addresses of gun owners in certain parts of the state.  

Less than two weeks after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., the New York Journal News earlier this week published the names and addresses of local gun owners in three New York counties.  

A story titled, "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood," highlights the names and addresses of residents who are licensed to own handguns through Freedom of Information Law requests, according to The Huffington Post

The Journal News reportedly requested the information from New York's Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, though the publication was only able to obtain the names and addresses of those who have a license to own a handgun. 

The move has drawn considerable criticism from readers, some of whom claim the article has put those named in danger, as they could expose law enforcement officials who are licensed to own guns. 

What do you think? Should the Journal News have published that information if it is public? Or has this compromised the privacy and safety of those individuals who are licensed to own guns? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Joseph Scola December 28, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Absolutely not. The only group that needs that information is the police. That move put home owners (gun owners) at risk of being robbed.
Rhaegar Targaryen December 28, 2012 at 02:34 PM
They've got a gun to defend their home. Isn't the gun supposed to deter people from robbing your house in the first place?
Joseph Scola December 28, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Criminals want to know where the guns are so they can rob the OTHER HOUSES. Most of these gun owners use them for target practice. They lock their guns in a safe, so how are they going to get to it when your house is robbed (answer they are not going to get there in time). Now that you've told them where the guns are, the criminals will wait for the owners to leave and then rob them to get the safe/gun to commit really terrible crimes. Remember, criminal DON'T care what the law is, they are only looking for a way to get cash, weapons or drugs. Guns are quick cash and you just told them where to find them.
Joseph Scola December 28, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Maybe I should clarify a bit. Once you tell criminals where the guns are they can make a choice. Rob the other houses, or wait for the gun owners to go out and then get the gun. Either way, publishing the list of gun owners addresses is a BAD IDEA.
Erik Fuglestad December 28, 2012 at 10:35 PM
This also let's the criminals know all the citizens without guns. Isn't it better to leave the criminals guessing?


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