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Gun Privacy Bill Moves Out Of Assembly Committee

Sponsored by Assemblyman Dave Rible, the bill would keep private the names and addresses of gun permit holders

A state bill that would prohibit the public release of names of gun permit holders has moved out of a State Assembly committee Wednesday, officials said.

Sponsored by Assemblymen Dave Rible and Ron Dancer, both R-Monmouth and Ocean, the bill seeks to restrict public access to the names and addresses of gun permit holders under the state’s Open Public Records law.

Rible, a Wall resident, previously .

The bill, A-3788, passed out of the Law and Public Safety Committee Wednesday, Rible said in a release.

“Releasing personal information about those who have firearms permits or licenses puts law enforcement officers and law-abiding citizens in harm’s way,” Rible said in the release. “This bill is an important step in safeguarding a person’s right to privacy and protecting them from potential predators.”

The bill is in reaction to the recent publication of gun permit holders’ names and addresses in a New York newspaper.

The Journal News in White Plains, NY, published the article, “The Gun Owner Next Door: What You Don’t Know About the Weapons in Your Neighborhood,” which published the names and addresses of more than 30,000 handgun permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties. The article, which obtained the names and addresses from publicly available documents, also contained a map of the handgun permit holders.

The paper received widespread criticism for the move, and when the outrage became threatening, it hired armed guards to protect its main office and a bureau. Employees who felt unsafe at home were offered hotel rooms, at the paper’s expense.

Rible has compared the availability of gun owners’ information to that of lottery winners, who can choose to have their personal information held private for a set period of time. Gun permit holders, Rible has said, do not enjoy the same protection.

jerseytomato February 16, 2013 at 12:08 PM
I Love Slipperyslopes comment. Expose and print it all, baby. John Walton - do you have a sign in your front yard declaring you and your home a 'gun free' residence? Do you advertise the fact that you do not own a gun? If not, why would you want that information to remain private?
Albert Andrews February 23, 2013 at 06:11 AM
The first thing he would do is CALL SOMEONE WITH A GUN to save him....
Albert Andrews February 23, 2013 at 06:16 AM
"And have 911 on speed dial".... I have 1911 on speed dial.....
Albert Andrews February 23, 2013 at 06:18 AM
I am getting a nail gun, since that will be all we are legally allowed to have before too long.
stewart resmer February 25, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Ok, let me see if I have this correctly, people that have guns, are at risk, because people who may not have guns know? Is that right? And, as it goes if one were to observe an individual in public brandishing a firearm, then the totters right to privacy to bear arms means one could not yell out a warning of 'HE's GOT A GUN!'..or worse, call the Police to report a person with gun? Is that right?

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