Some background: Last fall our StarWatch investigative team spent weeks analyzing gun permit records. We learned that more than 100 people were issued permits even though local police were opposed; these were people prone to criminal activity who should not have been given gun permits.
Along with our story we ran, as part of our growing catalogue of community databases, a feature that allowed our online readers to learn how many gun permits have been issued in each of the state's zip codes and information about the race, gender and average age of gun permit holders as a group.We did not and have no intention of giving out names of legal permit holders or addresses of permit holders.
Now that's a little different from what I've been hearing. Sebastian said, "newspapers decided to be bozos and publish lists of permit holders," which is a mild version of what I've read on numerous pro-gun blogs.
Are they talking about a different Indiana newspaper, do you think? Or could they have been mistaken in their understanding of what actually the Indy Star was doing?
Or do the pro-gun bloggers feel like the NRA, that even this is unacceptable and the State records should be secret?
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.