Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Attention gun owners! Any newspaper can publish your name and address!


Imagine the residents in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties waking up last Sunday and discovering their name and home address was printed in the The Journal News, identifying them as gun owners.

“This is CRAZY!!” said commenter Curtis Maenza. “This is the type of thing you do for sex offenders not law abiding gun owners.”

Hmmm … Here’s a tip for some other newspaper in the area that doesn’t agree with The Journal News’ attack on privacy.  Run a list of all owners, manager, journalists and employees at that newspaper.  List each one’s name, home address, telephone number, SSN, and date of birth.  After all, this is "public information" somewhere, right?   

Personal opinion:

As a youth, I was an avid hunter of wolves, deer and elk.  Later, I had a permit to carry a .32 automatic and I did so when traveling with large amounts of cash.  At this stage of life I no longer own a gun of any kind, nor do I plan to get one.  But if I did, I’d get one from a private party who know neither my name nor my address, and make sure I never told anyone I had it.  As the old saying goes, it’s “better to be judged by twelve than to be carried by six.”






7 comments:

  1. That's a NY thing. Some states, like Florida, specifically forbid giving out names and addresses of gun owners and concealed carry permit holders.

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  2. Another license that puts your name and address out there for all to see: Amateur Radio licenses. I don't have my "ham" license yet but wondering how one could legally stay invisible with one? Any hams out there who don't associate their name with their real address?

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  3. To Kristin: The FCC does not require your home address, only a mailing address. This excerpt is from the license application instructions:

    Items 14-21 Enter the name, address, and telephone number of the person to whom the FCC should send correspondence. All
    Applicants/Licensees, except Applicants applying for a Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit, must specify an address where the Applicant/Licensee can receive mail delivery by the United States Postal Service.
    You may enter a post office box number in Item 15 or a street address in Item 16, or enter information for both items. Enter the City, State, and Zip Code/Postal Code in Items 17, 18, and 19, respectively.

    Of course they do require your name, but you could use a maildrop in a distant state.

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  4. To Kristin: The FCC does not require your home address, just a mailing address. This excerpt is from the license application instructions:

    Items 14-21 Enter the name, address, and telephone number of the person to whom the FCC should send correspondence. All
    Applicants/Licensees, except Applicants applying for a Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit, must specify an address where the Applicant/Licensee can receive mail delivery by the United States Postal Service.
    You may enter a post office box number in Item 15 or a street address in Item 16, or enter information for both items. Enter the City, State, and Zip Code/Postal Code in Items 17, 18, and 19, respectively.


    Of course they do require your name, and it is publicly available with your call sign and mailing address. But you could use a maildrop in a distant state.

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  5. About that "tip" you mentioned:

    Somebody didn't like it and posted addresses of Journal news staff on their blog:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/27/blogger-journal-news-addresses-gun-owners_n_2369750.html?utm_hp_ref=media

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  6. My ham license shows my ghost address in the registry. Luckily, I have a very common name since the license is in my real name. Ham license = junk mail, mostly from the ARRL to join their organization.

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  7. The guy they interviewed said that perverts and criminals are published in newspapers, not gun owners. I guess he doesn't realize that el presidente and our socialist/communist leaning country view citizens who arm themselves as criminals already. Getting rid of private gun owndership is one of the planks of a communist government, so read in the book "The Rockefeller File" by Gary Allen. It was written in the early '70's, but it was like he had a clarvoyant vision as to what is going to happen in our country. That is why they are trying to demonize gun owners and veterans. They are one of the last ones who would resist tyrrany.

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