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New York based website wants list of Whitley gun owners


Last year the New York-based Journal News in White Plains, created an uproar across the country when it published a map showing the addresses of residents holding pistol permits in its area.

That same information about handgun owners or owners of any types of firearms doesn't exist in Kentucky though, which doesn't require a permit, according to Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell.

In an interview Monday afternoon, Harrell noted that there is no database or list of people, who own rifles, shotguns or handguns in Kentucky, unless permits are required by individual cities under local statutes.

In Kentucky, the only requirement to purchase a firearm from a licensed gun dealer is to complete a federal 44-73 form and pass a background check that indicates you are not a convicted felon, Harrell said.

"When you pass that, that's it," he added.

This doesn't include guns sold privately by individuals.

The Kentucky State Police does maintain a list of people with a permit to carry a concealed deadly weapon though, Harrell added.

The editor of a website in New York, who is apparently unaware of Kentucky laws, is apparently attempting to obtain information about handgun owners in Whitley County.

On Jan. 30, Harrell received an open records request from Aaron Nobel, editor of the website, Heavy.com, requesting copies of public records that contain the names and addresses of all handgun permit holders in Whitley County.

"I would request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute significantly to the public's understanding of the prevalence and location of gun ownership within their communities," Nobel wrote in the open records request to Harrell.

"In this request, I represent a news and information website that is seeking this information for newsgathering purposes. This information is not being sought for commercial purposes."

In his written response to the request dated Feb. 5, Harrell noted that public records for people with permits to carry a concealed deadly weapon are maintained by the Kentucky State Police.

Harrell admits that he was surprised to get the request, which was addressed to Lt. Colan Harrell, and said he doesn't know whether the request was part of a broader effort to obtain information about gun owners in Kentucky.
 

Comments

gary (February 14, 2013) Reply

What a looser. Peter puffin ****. It is none of your fuvking business who owns a gun. I am sharing the report with all to share as well and maybe tomorrow you will be working at the newspaper in some thrid world country.


gary (February 14, 2013) Reply

What a looser. Peter puffin ****. It is none of your fuvking business who owns a gun. I am sharing the report with all to share as well and maybe tomorrow you will be working at the newspaper in some thrid world country.


Pappy (February 14, 2013) Reply

Tell those **** Yankees to stay in New York and tend to their own business. Absolutely unbelievable that some idiot from NY would send a request like that.


Granny (February 16, 2013) Reply

If any reporter does this he is giving direction for the criminals to so they can steal guns.I say NO,this is private bussiness.


Granny (February 16, 2013) Reply

If any reporter does this he is giving direction for the criminals to so they can steal guns.I say NO,this is private bussiness.


weewilly (February 18, 2013) Reply

Who owns A Gun in Ky Is no ones Busness excep the resedent & local law enforcement as long as the firearm stay in Ky. We don't have the merder rate here as in N.Y. What do they want to find what oposition they will face when they try to take what we have.


Knight64 (February 18, 2013) Reply

New York,you have screwed up your state,you leave my state alone.Your city has more murders than my entire state.Keep your.BLOOMBERG nose out of my state.You have NO business here you will not get what you looking for.Try CHICAGO ,they have as many murders as Washington DC.You leave KENTUCKY alone!!!!!!!!!!


Hensley48 (February 18, 2013) Reply

This should fall under the privacy law that we have in force. The doctor, or bill collectors want talk to you about your spouse so why would were re leave this kind of information to someone that may or may not be from NY. I hope our state knows better then to release my info.


sherman (February 18, 2013) Reply

it might be good for newyork residents not to have any guns with all the nut jobs like bloomberg loss and a cop on everycorner,but we live in the country and i promise the bad guy dont care about your laws u can stay a victam i prefer the freedom and the right to defend my family in a timely manner,ill give up my guns when you get all the ones back you gave to the mex drugcartel,alquida surenders and we get back the f 16s from the muslim brotherhood


weewilly (February 18, 2013) Reply

Will Obama's security force for fit their right to carry arms. Obama wants his family protected but wants to take your's and mie right to protect our own family's.


Ho Ho (February 22, 2013) Reply

if they want to take ours that means theres has to go to fair is fair if they won't give up theres we won't either fair is fair think before you speak


weewilly (February 18, 2013) Reply

What right does Y K have making this request? I see this as A invasion on A K.Y. residents right to privacy.


Gilligan (February 18, 2013) Reply

I don't believe that Kentucky should release Kentucky records to New York or any other state for that matter! That's private info that we released to KENTUCKY! Because we wanted to be legal to our state! And anyone that wants to take our SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT just ain't AMERICAN! Or for the american people! For which it STANDS and was built upon! This was supposed to be our god givin right!


weewilly (February 18, 2013) Reply

If we as us citizens cant investigate our oen president without the threat of invasion invasion of privacy what right does N.Y have to queston what A K.Y resident owns.


Scott (February 19, 2013) Reply

Nobody in NY needs to know who owns a weapon in the state of Kentucky. It is none of their buisness!!!! PERIOD!!!


NO NEW YORK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (February 21, 2013) Reply

Tell them to come on down and find out who has guns......


Ho Ho (February 22, 2013) Reply

Ny and every other state needs to keep there nose out of ours as we will do the same with you all You don't see us asking you to give up something that you don't want to so why do us that way You mind your own business and will mind ours

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