MORE MUCKRAKERS PILE ON.
A “reporter” for the Salem “Statesman Journal” is demanding ALL information of concealed handgun license holders.
Stacey Barchenger has contacted several sheriffs demanding “information about all people with concealed handgun licenses in Marion County, including all fieldsthat are part of the CHL applications.” (Emphasis added.)
This particular demand makes it clear that Barchenger is seeking not only names, addresses, phone numbers and references, but also the social security numbers of any license holder who disclosed it.
In Barchenger’s demand letter, she says “Please understand that we seek these records for the purposes of public interest, and we hope that the spirit of openness in Oregon government will prevail.” However Barchenger has refused to disclose the reason for the demand, and while making her demands “in the spirit of openness,” doesn’t even allow people to see the contents of her “twitter” page.
Most sheriffs are making good faith efforts to protect the privacy of license holders, but like hyenas in a feeding frenzy, we fully expect the “press” to use the recent court decision in Jackson County as an excuse to divulge sensitive information.
It’s essential that we do all we can to make sure legislation is passed in 2011 to guarantee the privacy of CHL holders. In the meantime we suggest that you contact Barchenger and let her know that having a CHL does not make a person newsworthy and that you expect to have your privacy respected.
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