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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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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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