Ohio Could Ban Reporters From Seeing Gun Records

Reporter-access to concealed carry information may be restricted
Reporter-access to concealed carry information may be restricted

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Journalists would need a court order to access Ohio’s handgun license records under proposed changes to the state’s concealed carry law.

Reporters in the state are allowed to view the name, birthdate and county of residence of a permit holder. But journalists are not allowed to copy the information.

Sponsoring Sen. Joseph Uecker says he fears Ohio news outlets could publish a map showing the licensees’ information. The Loveland Republican says journalists can memorize the data.

The Ohio Newspaper Association opposes the measure. Executive Director Dennis Hetzel says it would be virtually impossible for an organization to produce a database like the one Uecker envisions.

Hetzel says journalists have found convicted felons who improperly received licenses to carry concealed weapons.

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  • Mat Householder

    “The Ohio Newspaper Association opposes the measure. Executive Director Dennis Hetzel says it would be virtually impossible for an organization to produce a database like the one Uecker envisions.”– So that is NOTHING like the one that published in NY last year? Bullcrap. NY reporters did it, it was WRONG then, and just as wrong today. Its not up to the media to “find convicted felons who got a CCW license”, its up to law enforcement, maybe the ONA should be looking at more pressing issues, here’s a clue, start in DC look around, and you won’t have to research too hard to find a scandal.