Release of Home Addresses Angers Concealed-Carry Licensees

July 7, 2008 - 8:05 PM

(CNSNews.com) - A Second Amendment group says the sheriff in Shelby County, Ohio, had no right to release the home addresses of 87 people licensed to carry concealed pistols.

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) has asked Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro to investigate the release of the personal information to the Sidney (Ohio) Daily News, which published the home addresses in its June 8 edition.

"Release of this information is not merely a gross invasion of privacy; it might also be a violation of the Ohio concealed carry statute," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.

"Under the law, only the name, county of residence and date of birth may be released by a sheriff to a bona fide journalist, and it requires a written request. There is no provision for releasing street addresses of licensees.

"Attorney General Petro should immediately launch a criminal investigation to determine if the law was violated, and then prosecute the violator," Gottlieb said in a press release.

According to CCRKBA, the "willful and deliberate" release of confidential information by a sheriff or any other public officer or employee is a fifth-degree felony that can bring a civil fine of $1,000

"The newspaper printed the home addresses of all 87 citizens, for any burglar or other criminal to read," Gottlieb said. "If any of these law-abiding gun owners is victimized in any way as a result of this outrageous release of personal information, the newspaper and Sheriff O'Leary should be held legally responsible."

CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron noted that Sheriff O'Leary opposed concealed carry. "But the debate is over, Waldron said. "It is now the law, and he needs to follow the law, to the letter.

"If he cannot do that, then perhaps he should turn in his badge and gun, and find some other line of work. He has betrayed the trust of every person whose address he released."

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