Newspaper Chain Plans 'State-by-State' Concealed Weapon Databases

A national newspaper chain with nearly 100 publications and 1.6 million readers is considering building “state-by-state databases” on concealed weapons permit holders, according to an internal e-mail.

The plan, laid out in an email from a top editor at North Carolina-based Civitas Media, could be similar to a controversial project a New York state newspaper carried out in 2012 which included an online map that identified gun owners in two counties by name and address. Civitas' database project was detailed in a Jan. 19 e-mail to newsrooms across the chain, which has papers in 11 states, including Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

The newest project "examines the explosion of ‘conceal and carry’ gun permits across the U.S.,” wrote Jim Lawitz, Civitas’ director of content, in an e-mail first obtained by the Buckeye Firearms Association. “Through public records act requests, we will attempt to build state-by-state databases that list those who have the right to carry a concealed weapon.”

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Gun Permits Can Reduce Crime

By Noah Rothman, January 3, 2014

Concealed Carry Guide

A study published in the latest issue of the academic journal Applied Economics Letters took on many of the claims made regularly by advocates of stricter gun laws.

The study determined that nearly every claim made in support of stronger restrictions on gun ownership is not supported by an exhaustive analysis of crime statistics.

The study, “An examination of the effects of concealed weapons laws and assault weapons bans on state-level murder rates,” conducted by Quinnipiac University economist Mark Gius, examined nearly 30 years of statistics and concluded that stricter gun laws do not result in a reduction in gun violence. In fact, Gius found the opposite – that a proliferation of concealed carry permits can actually reduce incidents of gun crime.

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Police Chief Says More Guns Would Make Detroit Safe

The Huffington Post  |  By Ashley Woods  
Posted: 01/03/2014 2:09 pm EST

Gun violence isn't particular to any one city. But in Detroit, frequent shootings, lawlessness and distrust in the police department's ability to stop crimes (or even show up to them) have bred mistrust and fear.

The city's already been unfavorably compared to the Wild West.

Under a new police chief, the bankrupt city's beleaguered cops are finally driving down crime, including a 7 percent drop in violent crime in 2013, the police department said.

But Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Detroit would be even more safe if it had -- wait for it -- more guns.

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CT Gun Owners Must Register Their Guns!

Connecticut residents waited in long lines on Thursday to register their firearms and high-capacity magazines before the state’s new gun laws go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

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