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    Inside the Newsroom: Case for gun-permit listings trumps emotional opposition

    Inside the Newsroom: Case for gun-permit listings trumps emotional opposition : Columnists : Memphis Commercial Appeal

    Misunderstandings with people who carry guns can turn ugly.

    This past week it has been ugly at the newspaper, after passionate gun owners latched onto three very wrong ideas about why The Commercial Appeal's Web site now lists all those in Tennessee who have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
    Our crime? Putting up a Web-only database that allows people to search by name or ZIP code for those who have a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Tennessee. The list came from the Tennessee Department of Safety and is available to anyone who wants it, simply by contacting the agency's office. The state of Tennessee, to this point, has decided that the right to carry a concealed weapon comes with the responsibility of agreeing to have a public record of who is packing.
    That's why commercialappeal.com posted the list. It's a tiny bit of local information, and we're in that business of gathering and distributing local information.

    Granted, news organizations do have some things to learn about this changing media world where print is about stories and online is about data and search. We need to learn how to massage databases more efficiently to tease out particular information, such as how many convicted felons in Shelby County have a concealed weapons permit. (Nine, as it turned out when we did this story back in August 2008.)
    This newspaper published a database listing all the concealed weapons holders in Tennessee.

    That is private information in my opinion. How do you feel?
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    Re: Inside the Newsroom: Case for gun-permit listings trumps emotional opposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Inside the Newsroom: Case for gun-permit listings trumps emotional opposition : Columnists : Memphis Commercial Appeal







    This newspaper published a database listing all the concealed weapons holders in Tennessee.

    That is private information in my opinion. How do you feel?
    That's completely outrageous. How does that not violate a person's rights to privacy?

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    Re: Inside the Newsroom: Case for gun-permit listings trumps emotional opposition

    Quote Originally Posted by dclxvinoise View Post
    That's completely outrageous. How does that not violate a person's rights to privacy?
    I'm with you!

    However...

    The state of Tennessee, to this point, has decided that the right to carry a concealed weapon comes with the responsibility of agreeing to have a public record of who is packing.
    I guess the law always provided merely a veil of privacy and not a real wall of privacy.

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    Re: Inside the Newsroom: Case for gun-permit listings trumps emotional opposition

    Quote Originally Posted by bhkad View Post
    I'm with you!

    However...



    I guess the law always provided merely a veil of privacy and not a real wall of privacy.
    It's just absurd to me that gun owners who have a permit for concealed weapons have to suffer by having their information out there and readily available for everyone. I'd love to hear what the state's reasoning is for this absurdity.

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    Re: Inside the Newsroom: Case for gun-permit listings trumps emotional opposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    That is private information in my opinion. How do you feel?

    Quote Originally Posted by dclxvinoise View Post
    That's completely outrageous. How does that not violate a person's rights to privacy?
    In some states the information is public and can be obtained by anyone.

    My problem with them publishing this is that it puts those that don't have a concealed handgun permit at risk IMO. Someone who is going to commit a crime against someone now can find out whether or not they have a concealed weapons permit or not.

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    Re: Inside the Newsroom: Case for gun-permit listings trumps emotional opposition

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    In some states the information is public and can be obtained by anyone.

    My problem with them publishing this is that it puts those that don't have a concealed handgun permit at risk IMO. Someone who is going to commit a crime against someone now can find out whether or not they have a concealed weapons permit or not.
    It shouldn't be public. One shouldn't have to have their information public just because they have a concealed handgun permit.

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    Re: Inside the Newsroom: Case for gun-permit listings trumps emotional opposition

    Quote Originally Posted by dclxvinoise View Post
    It shouldn't be public. One shouldn't have to have their information public just because they have a concealed handgun permit.
    I don't disagree with you there, but it is public. So while it is tasteless IMO, it is legal.

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    Re: Inside the Newsroom: Case for gun-permit listings trumps emotional opposition

    Quote Originally Posted by dclxvinoise View Post
    It shouldn't be public. One shouldn't have to have their information public just because they have a concealed handgun permit.
    I second amendment is a joke now and the words are meaningless.

    Don't you love government.
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    Re: Inside the Newsroom: Case for gun-permit listings trumps emotional opposition

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    I don't disagree with you there, but it is public. So while it is tasteless IMO, it is legal.
    I realize that it's legal, I just don't agree.

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    Re: Inside the Newsroom: Case for gun-permit listings trumps emotional opposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I second amendment is a joke now and the words are meaningless.

    Don't you love government.
    Where in the second amendment does it state you have the right to bear arms and keep that information private?

    Again, what they are doing is legal, however, just because it is legal doesn't mean its the right thing to do.

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