After the Connecticut shooting, gun owners in two New York counties were surprised to find their names and addresses posted on a newspaper’s website.
Gaston County commissioner Chad Brown doesn’t want to see that happen here. There’s a resolution before commissioners in Gaston County that supports keeping the names and addresses of gun owners out of the public eye.
“This is some information that needs to be kept to the policing authorities only,” Brown said.
Brown wants to make certain records exempt from the Public Records Act, which requires authorities to release information. According to Brown, the sheriff’s office is required to maintain records of concealed carry permits and handgun purchase permits issued. They have the person’s name, address and age, and he doesn’t want that information out there to the public.
“I don’t think it’s any concern of the neighbor whether I have a gun or I have a pet or whatever it may be. Those are my rights,” Brown said.
He’s also worried that criminals could use the information to target homes where they know people don’t have guns or try to steal guns from those that do. Eyewitness News asked people in the county if they would feel unsafe with their names and gun information out there.
“No, I don’t think so,” Ruby Scott said.
Scott doesn’t think she had a right to know if her neighbor has a gun.
The resolution is up for a vote on Thursday. If passed, it will likely say that the Gaston County Board of Commissioners recommends and supports legislation which exempts handgun and concealed carry permits from records accessible to the public.