City Paper: McDonough To Introduce Gun Owner Privacy Bill

The bill was brought on by a New York paper's decision to publish a map of pistol permit owners shortly after the Newtown, CT school shooting.

State Del. Pat McDonough wants to stop newspapers from publishing information about gun owners.

City Paper reports a bill on the subject is one of three that McDonough plans to introduce in the General Assembly session that starts in January.

McDonough, a Middle River Republican who represents parts of Baltimore and Harford counties, told City Paper that the gun owner bill was brought on by current events.

In New York, following the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, CT, The Journal News published an online map of pistol permit holders in three counties.

The map was compiled using public record requests. A blogger retaliated by posting the addresses of Journal News staffers, as CNN reported. One blogger even published the address of the CEO of the paper's owner, Gannett, as Poynter reports.

"This is really a response to the paper in New York which claimed what they were doing was for the pub­lic good, but what it really is is a mas­sive edi­to­r­ial tak­ing up two pages of the news­pa­per reflect­ing their posi­tion of the news­pa­per," McDonough told City Paper. "It’s really dis­hon­est to not say it is an editorial."

City Paper asked McDonough if he believed it was the "role of the state" to limit what a paper can publish. McDonough told the paper, “You know your­self that there are reg­u­la­tions on the First Amend­ment. You know there are laws against scan­dal [sic] or things that are harmful.”

McDonough acknowledged to City Paper that his bills stand little chance of passing in the General Assembly, where both the House of Delegates and State Senate are controlled by Democrats.

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steven bradley December 29, 2012 at 08:13 PM
FIFA is it my right to know every tool you own?
Steve December 29, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Firearms aren't tools, Tool.
Laurie TMV December 29, 2012 at 08:25 PM
The non pro gun people like myself will never win this argument. We pay attention to the gun issue only when horrid things happen. The real gun people live and breathe this every single day of their lives.
LuckyCharms December 29, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Actually, no one forces you to go to a public indoor range so you can choose not to frequent that business. Many indoor public firearm ranges in Maryland now have waivers you fill out confirming you are not a prohibited person from firearm possession. That goes for pretty much every state as well.
Steve December 29, 2012 at 08:32 PM
That's because it is a fetish to them.
LuckyCharms December 29, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I don't understand what this bill is going to publish? Will it be current permits to carry a handgun? If so, I believe that information is already "public." If not, to publish a list of all "Gun Owners" How will this information be obtained? ATF/Federal Form 4473 is used in Maryland for all firearms, however; "Regulated" (per State Police) firearms (again, only a Maryland thing) consist of a handful of rifles, and all handguns that have extra special paperwork and processes added to them. Records could be obtained from State Police on all the "Regulated" Firearm transfers (Note: I said transfers, not registered) and published, but what about people who don't own handguns? Will someone be scouring every gun shop in Maryland to audit and record the addresses of every non regulated Long gun purchased? It seems to me this "list" will never be thoroughly accurate as the "feel good" as this news article makes it out to be.
FIFA December 29, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I am licensed to drive and own boats, cars, real property, have loans and businesses that are registered with the government as well and are public knowledge and subject to the Freedom of Information Act. Why is your or anyone else's registered gun any different? It does not infringe on your second amendment right to bear arms, does it?
elizabeth December 29, 2012 at 09:01 PM
"Elizabeth, you’re using a poor analogy, registered sex offenders are criminals of the worst sort. In comparison, the gun owners can be considered model citizens by passing the numerous checks required for their permit. Just saying" Francis, my point was that if we are going to make lists of people/places/things that pose a danger to children, it makes as much sense to list homes where children could have access to guns as it does to list the names of everyone convicted of a sex offense, no matter how minor, how long ago and whether or not it involved a child. Not all sex offenders are "criminals of the worst sort", anymore than all gun owners are irresponsible yahoos. Are SOME offenders child molesters? Yes. Are SOME gun owners irresponsible? Do SOME children get injured/killed by unsecured weapons? Sadly, yes. Instead of worrying about whether the guy down the street had sex with his girlfriend when he was 19 and she was 15 (or worse, had a topless photo she sent him in his possession), I would think concerned parents would want to know in which homes curious children might encounter deadly weapons.
Steve December 29, 2012 at 09:03 PM
The 2nd Amendment doesn't mention "prohibited persons". Therein rubs the lie. Continental is the only place I have heard of that voluntarily coughs up the list of shooters to the local Gestapo. That's Communist.
franking December 29, 2012 at 09:17 PM
In Tennessee and Florida.
LuckyCharms December 29, 2012 at 09:38 PM
If you are going to debate with people, first off, know that firearm registration is voluntary in the State of the Maryland. Machine Guns are the only firearms that are required to be registered with the State Police. The news media really likes that word... "registration." Regulated firearms (All handguns/some long guns) are transferred. You can say it's the same thing, but according to paperwork and processes; it is not. You buy a handgun from an FFL in the state of Maryland, you sign paperwork for the transfer of that firearm to you.
franking December 29, 2012 at 11:25 PM
LOL Maybe the papers should publish lists of houses with swimming pools, or those with vitamins, especially those attractive to children and containing iron. Better yet, install cameras in homes so that their statist betters can monitor food handling practices and any and all their behavior. After all, it's "for the children!"
LuckyCharms December 29, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Interesting points, the Constitution of the United States doesn't list a lot of things that are current day law, Federal, State, County, City, etc. I'm not sure where you "heard" Continental shares information, but to me it's no different than a prohibited person being denied the right to purchase a firearm legally, it's the same principle; prohibited persons cannot be in lawful and legal possession of a firearm which includes range time at Continental Arms. It's their business, they can do what they want. I would suggest you take a visit to "Freestate Gun Range" in White Marsh, Horst and McCann in Hickory to find out that you need to supply the same amount of information to use their range. Horst and McCann (perhaps others?) even has a disclaimer about "Prohibited persons" on their website.
LuckyCharms December 30, 2012 at 12:02 AM
It's a shame current day education for kids is not really education anymore, from what I've seen it should be renamed to social engineering. In less than 20 years at the going rate, every home owner will need to have a gigantic secure safe on their property to store their shovels, dewalt coordless drills, and saws because they are deadly weapons. LOL The "poontangification" of America never ceases to amaze me, and the going rate of political agendas makes me laugh.
Harry Callahan December 30, 2012 at 01:46 AM
I think the main point to be taken away here is this. If you don't wish to own a firearm, then don't buy one. If you don't wish to associate with those who own firearms, then don't do so. How will you know who is who, then just ask people. If they refuse to answer or equivocate on the question then you can bet that the answer is "Yes, I have firearms in my home." Likewise, if you do not wish to associate with people who don't own firearms, then ask them the same question and take whatever action you want to take based on their answer when it comes to avoiding them. But don't try to tell me that I cannot or should not own firearms and have them in my home. Only people who have been thoroughly been investigated by the Maryland State Police are allowed to buy and own firearms. If you don't wish to associate with me then don't. But when you are in a bind, don't come to me asking for help or expect me to protect you.
1ke December 30, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Nearly 300 million small arms in the U.S, all but a couple million in the hands of private citizens. Folks in a bind, Slick, are unlikely to be beating down your door for help. But, you are still The Man since you have been thoroughly investigated for God-only-knows-what.
HuhDoppleghopher December 30, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Nearly 300 million huh? Where did you find that information? CNN?
Sanchez December 30, 2012 at 04:03 PM
"The panel concluded that 10-round magazines that were legal would have not made much difference in the incident. Even pistols with rapid loaders could have been about as deadly in this situation." http://www.governor.virginia.gov/tempcontent/techPanelReport-docs/10%20CHAPTER%20VI%20GUN%20PURCHASE%20AND%20CAMPUS%20GUN%20POLICIES.pdf From the The Virginian Tech Review Panel's assessment of the school incident.
Sanchez December 30, 2012 at 04:09 PM
NRA Has 54% Favorable Image in U.S. Majority Say NRA Doesn't Always Reflect Their Views http://www.gallup.com/poll/159578/nra-favorable-image.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_content=morelink&utm_term=All%20Gallup%20Headlines Barack Obama Favorable Rating 49% http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/pollster/polls/cbs-16822 U.S. Distrust in Media Hits New High. 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. http://www.gallup.com/poll/157589/distrust-media-hits-new-high.aspx
Sanchez December 30, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Those of us who support the US Constitution and its amendments (gun nuts to some) have said registration is next then confiscation to follow. We were right. http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/assault-weapons "Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include: Background check of owner and any transferee; Type and serial number of the firearm; Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint; Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law; and Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration." "In a Department of Justice study (pdf), Jeffrey Roth and Christopher Koper find that the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban was responsible for a 6.7 percent decrease in total gun murders," Really? Where are the causation/correlation people whining about this use of statistics by Feinstein?
1ke December 30, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I never watch TV except for sports. I can suppose you asked because you were truly interested. I could also suppose that you were trying to diminish the assertion that Americans are already armed to the teeth. Look at www.smallarmssurvey.org ,specifically http://bit.ly/RgBQyX and extrapolate since the latest estimate is that the U.S. population is 315 million. Oh, you might also consider, while you are at the website, the role that the U.S. plays in arming the rest of the world. It will take some reading, though, and maybe shedding some of the snottiness beneath your one-liner.
1ke December 30, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Do you ever narrate, Joe? Do you ever do anything with the copious-pastes? How do they influence your thinking? Are they all of the equal weight? Are some much more important than others? What are other people to do with them? Wait for your commentary? Trust your conclusions? Open the links and read? Read youd extensive and laboriously quoted passages? You deal out one-liners as consistently and stubbornly and even more viciously than anybody here.
Captain Spork December 31, 2012 at 02:47 AM
I am interested, however, most things you read on the internet is not correct.
Steve December 31, 2012 at 04:08 AM
One of JoeBlob's heroes strikes again.... http://news.yahoo.com/maine-man-74-held-deaths-teenage-tenants-172604651.html
Sanchez January 01, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Steve again does what he does best. Impugning the worst toward others. What kind of sickness allows a man? to do such a thing regularly? Steve supported the Occupopers so does that mean these 2 are his heroes? No but then again I am reasonable and not afflicted with such a sickness as Steve is. T"he daughter of a prominent New York doctor went into labor and had to rushed to the hospital when she was arrested on charges of having explosives, illegal weapons and a stack of papers labeled 'The Terrorist Encyclopedia' in her New York City apartment. Morgan Gliedman, 27, and her boyfriend Aaron Greene, 31, an Occupy Wall Street organizer, were taken away from their home in Manhattan's pricey Greenwich Village on Saturday."
Sanchez January 01, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Do you ever make a post 1ke that is not an attack of some sort on another poster and is on topic? I post links to support what I say and think. Then people like you say they are boring and no one reads them. That's fine as it proves to many that facts don't matter in the context of the story. Facts and copious reading is not what you Patch Vultures are here for. Research is ridiculed here by the PV. I believe the PV here have intellects limited to the twitter mentality, 140 characters. Anything more than that and their attention spans are done and on the the next insult. I would think that the PV's who spend 24-7 here and would have enough time to do their own research and copious reading but they are just forming their next targets and slurring commentary. Too bad 1ke you too see research as boring and not worth reading. I guess you want to be added to the PV list.
Sanchez January 01, 2013 at 03:59 PM
One more thing 1ke, some of the PV's here make claims that I didn't post the one or two sentences that they pick out and slam me for leaving them out. Then when I post longer quotes form the story, to be alleviated of that prior accusation, then the same PV's accuse me of "copious-pastes". Damn if I do damn if I don't. Don't like reading for your own education then don't. Quite a simple concept.
1ke January 01, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Joe, do you call subscribing to pulp RSS feeds "doing reasearch." Silly boy, read a book sometimes. Take your latest, for example: T"he daughter of a prominent New York doctor went into labor and had to rushed to the hospital when she was arrested on charges of having explosives, illegal weapons and a stack of papers labeled 'The Terrorist Encyclopedia' in her New York City apartment. Morgan Gliedman, 27, and her boyfriend Aaron Greene, 31, an Occupy Wall Street organizer, were taken away from their home in Manhattan's pricey Greenwich Village on Saturday." What is your point? What research? Is it that some bad befell a young woman? Is it that Occupiers are terrorists? Is it that you don't like Steve? What, Joe, what? I think you may need to watch and learn and ask questions instead of jumping on the mean bus. I object to nothing but your viciousness and stubborness.
FIFA January 01, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Unbelievable, Joe lifted it directly without attribution. What a scumbag. He is no better than a pickpocket. Pickpocket Joe, "you write it, I steal it." Just an everyday common thief.
Rick January 05, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Wow you guys need to get a life!!!!!


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