West Virginia Sheriff Refuses to Provide Newspaper With Names of Permit Holders

April 2 2014
by GSL Staff
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Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 2.52.43 PMA West Virginia sheriff is taking a stand for both gun and privacy rights by refusing to provide a local newspaper with the personal information of carry permit holders in his county.

Ohio County Sheriff Pat Butler posted the following to the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

According to WTOV9,

Ohio County Sheriff Pat Butler says it violates the privacy and safety of many residents. “First of all, I think it’s an invasion of privacy, and I think it’s a dangerous precedent to set to let people all over the Ohio Valley know who has permits and who doesn’t,” Butler said.

The sheriff says he doesn’t know if their intention was to publish the entire list, but he says giving that kind of information out could be dangerous.

“If you see someone’s name in the paper that has a gun and they go on vacation there’s a good chance they’ll have guns in their house,” Butler said.

“If their name isn’t in the paper– meaning they don’t have a weapon– well I think burglars would target that area because they’d get less resistance.”

Well done sheriff. Glad to see there are still plenty of elected officials on the side of the Second Amendment out there.

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