Should American gun owners enjoy anonymity?

Should gun owner information, including who has a carry license or permit, be kept private by state agencies? (Dave Workman)

Are American gun owners entitled to privacy or should the entire community know who they are, where they live and if they are licensed to carry?

It’s a lightning rod subject that is now the focus of legislation in Washington State, but it is a controversy that has raged across the country over the years when newspapers have published the names of gun owners, and sometimes the communities in which they live. Things hit a fever pitch five years ago when the Journal News, a suburban newspaper in New York, took things a bit farther by publishing the names and addresses of gun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties.

Reaction from gun owners was swift and alarming to the newspaper staff, whose own names and addresses were posted online,



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