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Connecticut lawmaker: Make names and addresses of gun owners public

by JOE NEWBY, Examiner.com  |  published on January 7, 2013

Stephen Dargan, a Democratic legislator from West Haven, Conn., wants to make the names and addresses of the 170,000 handgun permit holders in the state available to the public, WND reported Saturday.

“If passed,” Fox News reported, “the bill would reverse a 20-year decision by state lawmakers to keep the personal information confidential.”

Dargan says the bill is not intended to pit pro-gun groups against gun control activists.

Instead, he claims, it’s “to get a broader discussion going on gun issues and mental health in the state.”

“Critics say being able to obtain the names and addresses of gun permit holders is an invasion of privacy, but others argue that people in the community have the right to know who owns a gun and who does not,” Fox added.

In late December, the Journal News, a Gannett-owned paper, published the names and addresses of legal handgun permit holders in two New York counties, causing widespread controversy.

As a result, some say they are being harassed and stalked, and law enforcement officers in New York said they have been threatened by inmates using the published information.

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