Will concealed gun databases planned by US media victimize gun holders?

Will concealed gun databases planned by US media victimize gun holders?

January 19, a top editor at North Carolina-based Civitas Media, which has papers in 11 states and nearly 1.6 million readers, laid out an email containing a plan of building “state-by-state databases” on concealed weapons permit holders.

Through public records act requests, we will attempt to build state-by-state databases that list those who have the right to carry a concealed weapon,” Jim Lawitz, Civitas’ director of content, wrote in an e-mail. “However, we have no plans to publish any lists or databases of people’s names on conceal and carry,” Lawitz said declining further comment.

Chad Baus, secretary of the Buckeye Firearms Association, told FoxNews.com that whatever the intention behind the proposed plan, he wanted the effort to be stopped.

“They’re saying they’re not going to publish the list, but once the list is compiled, what are they going to do with it?” he said. “There’s no other purpose for creating these lists but to target and victimize gun owners,” Baus told FoxNews.com.

Baus is worried that gun owners might potentially become a target for would-be burglars. Some law enforcement officials agree that such databases “provide burglars with a roadmap of which homes to avoid and which ones to hit.

Michael Hammond, legislative counsel for the Gun Owners of America, said he believes Civitas Media will ultimately publish the databases, despite Lawitz’s statement to FoxNews.com.

“Why would a newspaper chain go to the trouble of compiling a list if they had no interest in publishing it?” he said. “Isn’t that what newspapers do? It’s clear that this newspaper chain doesn’t intend to do [gun owners] good.”
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