Skip to comments.N.C. sheriffs wage fight over gun records (newspaper editor quits)
Posted on 03/04/2013 3:50:33 PM PST by Libloather
As North Carolina legislators move to close public access to firearm permits, some sheriffs are already refusing to hand over the records.
Following a public showdown with the sheriff in Cherokee County, a local newspaper editor quit last week after his records request which was denied made him the target of death threats. The county has the states highest rate of concealed-handgun permits.
In Gaston County, Sheriff Alan Cloninger responded Friday to a newspapers request for gun-permit records by withholding names and addresses of permit holders.
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Personally I’m glad to see these newspaper busybodies quoting their jobs in fear for their lives.
Don’t worry about the editor - he’ll land a job working for Bloomberg, I’m sure.
Amen. Every citizen has a right to privacy. In fact, the Supreme Court in Roe v Wade declared it so important that it’s an excuse for a woman to kill her unborn child.
There is no way that snoopy news people should be entitled to a list of private citizens exercising their constitutional right to bear arms.
Congress Critters on the other hand: Yeh we ought to know what hypocrites they are.
He will move on to a rich career as a liberal martyr.
Why do they think readers want that info anyway? Shooting subscriber lists? Down with with our circulation, that’s the ticket.
200 in the entire state? Yeah ok. That's a little less than one tenth of one percent, do I have that about right? And I'd bet big money that the "or misdemeanors" is far more than half of that number, and that the examples of "gun-related felonies" are far less scary than they want it to sound.
He will move on to a rich career as a liberal martyr.
The number of liberal weenies who claim they were threatened . . . but never file a police report and never come forward with the supposed emails or telephone calls . . . are legion.
Here's what I bet happened: the reporter started writing the story having heard from the LWE (Liberal Weenie Editor) that s/he (gender doubtful) quit on account of death threats. Wrote the lede, then started questioning the LWE and found that s/he wouldn't give details. Dropped that part of the story, but forgot to edit the lede.
Bet you the LWE didn't even really quit.
Then these hypothetical parents can come down to the courthouse in person and ask about these one or two hypothetical neighbors.
I wonder how many people had to sit in a room before they came up with this as their best example of why every record needs to be public at all times and in digital form.
Oh, you don't have any guns?
OK then, my little Johnny won't be allowed to come over to your house because you can't provide him any protection if that's ever needed.
“As North Carolina legislators move to close public access to firearm permits, some sheriffs are already refusing to hand over the records.”
Ha! That rules!
“Following a public showdown with the sheriff in Cherokee County, a local newspaper editor quit last week after his records request which was denied made him the target of death threats.”
That doesn’t rule. While I don’t think it’s any of the newspaper’s darn business who carries and who does not, someone making death threats against the editor is NOT acceptable. That’s a chicken-spit way of dealing with things, and gives responsible 2nd Amendment supporters a black eye. Lock ‘em up.
I don’t believe these lefties were terrified by “death threats”, they just got scared by a few irate phone calls when they found out not everybody agrees with their leftist agenda.
As for the claim that 1 in 12,000 permit holders has been convicted of a felony or misdeanor, compare that to the general population. Better yet, compare that to newspaper editors.
This is another “crisis” fabricated by the White House to distract the public from the failing economy and wholesale corruption in Washington D.C.
problem is, how do you know that the threats were not coming from the anti-gun crowd looking to provide that black eye
“...a local newspaper editor quit last week after his records request which was denied made him the target of death threats.”
Translation: It was fired and ran like a rabid scorched dog but it’s really the victim of “right wing” death threats, so feel sorry for it. It’s a heroic soldier like Che, slaughtered on the battle field for the glorious cause of Utopia. It’s always the same story with the commies... They are predators who when rejected and stopped are victims of the “right wing.”
If the management was backing this little radical pervert, he’d be spending the paper’s money in court, suing the officials who refused to meet his treasonous demands. His boss would be losing what few subscriptions and advertisers the “newspaper” has. If I lived there, I would be hounding that paper for it’s far left wing propaganda every chance I got. They need to hire a conservative editor who has a brain and respects freedom.
What ever happened to meeting the neighbors before deciding whether or not your child can play there?
Records don't identify all gun owners, just those who for some reason sought and obtained a CCW permit.
Do I have multiple lethal weapons in my home?
(beside my own body and every available physical object, including knives and poisons)
Who wants to know?
Why would you ask?
They may not want their tots to come to my abode because I may have guns. But they will be the first to come for pool swims in summer and there is electricity, gas, gasoline, chainsaws. knives, ropes and a myriad of other deadly items around the house.
Oh, I almost forgot the deadly golf clubs,ie, Martha Moxley. The PGA may be like the NRA.
I wish they’d exhibit the same ferocity at publishing the names and addresses of those receiving WIK, Welfare, and Foodstamp payments. Maybe it would make the newspaper edition to expensive to print.
We are WINNING!
more than 200 of the 240,000 concealed-handgun permit holders at that time had been convicted of gun- or weapon-related felonies or misdemeanors in the previous five years.
Those "felons", probably very few of the total, should have all their rights restored after doing their time. If they are unsafe or still a threat, simply don't let them out.
Yet they don’t go after the rampant welfare fraud right under their noses! I’ll bet the percentage is well above 50% fraud and waste at the welfare dept!
Indeed we are and I'd like to give a small amount of credit to the many democrat gun owners who see the B.S. for what it is. It would be a tougher fight if only conservatives were fighting it.
Like when Bush tried to push "immigration reform" down our throat. The general public rebelled.
Waste and fraud link.
“Lock em up.”
Locking Democraps up in a prison is likely to be considered cruel and unusual punishment in that prisoners usually and customarily are imprisoned with merely criminals - not the walking evil that is a Democrap.
The 2nd amendment is just as important as the first
The 2nd Amendment protects the 1st.
Fair point. Wouldn’t be the first time conservatives were smeared by a lefty pretending to be a conservative.
“the records let parents can learn whether a neighbor has guns before allowing their children to play there.”
They’re just proving they don’t have an editor.
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