Senate passes amendment to prevent media from releasing gun owner maps

Discussion in 'Politics' started by JamesL, Apr 18, 2013.

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    Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., in an attempt to prevent local newspapers from publishing lists of gun owners in a given area, convinced 66 of his colleagues to support an amendment that cuts funding for state and local governments if they release the information.

    “If a state or local government releases private information on gun owners — which we know has happened — then that state or local government will lose part of its funding that comes from the Federal Government,” Barrasso said while arguing for the amendment. “This includes private information on individuals who have licenses to purchase, possess, or carry firearms.”

    Barrasso was prompted by The Journal News‘ decision to publish an interactive map of gun owners in two New York counties this past December, a disclosure that preceded one attempted robbery and another burglary that involved the theft of the weapons at the house.