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Old 12-24-2012, 05:38 PM   #11
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In Florida, with "government in the sunshine", almost any document, address, phone number, etc., that the state produces is public record. This includes the salaries of state employees. Exceptions are cops addresses and anyone's SSN. It is great if you are doing research, but stinks if you are a crook.

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Chain, I believe in FL CWP info isn't public. I think we have a statute to prevent names from being made public, I'm not sure though.

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I sent out a letter to the editor:

I am not familiar too much with journalism, so perhaps you can enlighten me on exactly what was the purpose of posting this information.
Is it simply because New York State allows you to do so through the freedom on information act.
Do you feel you are protected under the 1st amendment to potentially endanger law abiding citizens?

I'd like to know why, in these highly volatile times, you choose to post a map of every gun permit holder in these counties?
What do you hope to gain?
What are you trying to educate the public on?

Do you realize that you can be potentially placing these people at risk? If you need to know how, it's quite simple. As we all have seen in recent hours, days, weeks, months, years; not everyone is stable. Some people are mentally unstable, and there may even be a mentally unstable individual looking to plot vengeance, and that person may be reading your article, and look to target one of these people thinking "all gun owners are responsible for what's been happening".

I find it grossly irresponsible to allow innocent people to be exposed to potential danger. Your company is a news outlet, why do this? Is there not enough actual news for you to promote???

I would love to know your response to my comment, please feel free to respond directly to this email, as I have no plans on reading any Gannett Company publication again in the near future.

Respectfully,

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Chain, I believe in FL CWP info isn't public. I think we have a statute to prevent names from being made public, I'm not sure though.
I believe you are correct on that. It seems to me that that issue was fought out in the legislature last year or early this year and that information was protected.

In the past ten years or so, every change in Florida firearms laws have been to the advantage of the legal firearm user.
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CHL info is public here in NC...

We had the same type list pulished here, and it got some very heated responses as names AND addresses were published...

They backpedaled a bit and took the names and house numbers off of the site, but you can still enter in a desired street and it will tell you how many people on that street have CHL's...

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I sent out a letter to the editor: . . . . Respectfully,
dyvsafe, I think you sent the wrong letter.

I’d suggest you send another one thanking the paper for providing you and your fellow miscreants with a map & list, by exclusion, of which homes do NOT have (legal) handguns, making them a much safer place for breaking & entering. And that you are most appreciative of this service to our criminal community.

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Actually, it is probably everyone who doesn't own a gun who is now in greater danger. The newspaper published a list of every place that is protected. Now it's very simple for criminals to identify where they will face no opposition.

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yadda yadda yadda... think alike

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More like a who's home to NOT invade map.

Sheesh!

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I worked for a chain of newspapers in SWFL from 1987-2001, they were going to post a listing of all the CWP people in the state, I got on the net and put out a call for help to stop it, imagine my surprise when I was listening to Ollie North on a talk radio station and he called the editor of my newspaper and backed the editor into a corner. Suddenly the idea was scrapped!

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