MEDFORD, Ore. – In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. The battle between gun rights versus gun control is becoming more intense.
The fight is grown particularly bitter in the northern New York City suburbs. Just after the massacre in Newton last month, “The Journal News” newspaper published the names and addresses of all registered gun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties. The move was perfectly legal under New York’s freedom of information laws, but caused outrage among gun-rights advocates.
The situation in New York is reminding some of a lawsuit in Jackson County filed in 2007. It started when the Mail Tribune wanted to confirm the name of a Medford teacher wanting to take her concealed weapon to school. The paper asked Sheriff Mike Winters for a list of concealed weapon permit holders, but the sheriff refused. The Mail Tribune took the case to court and won in circuit court. Sheriff Winters appealed and the appeals court also sided with the paper.
Last year, after 3 years of debate, legislation was signed by Oregon’s governor that prohibits public agencies from disclosing the names or other private information of concealed weapons license holders in most cases.