November 23, 2008

Oregon State Court May Force Release of Concealed Carry Licensee Information

Hillsbore, OR - Nov. 21: According to KATU-TV in Portland: Washington County Sheriff Rob Gordon is warning holders of concealed gun permits that he may be forced to release their personal information to the public based on a recent court order.

The order stems from a case out of Medford where teacher Shirley Katz wanted to bring a gun to school. She argued she needed a gun to protect herself from her ex-husband.

Last year a judge ruled against her - saying the school district has the right to forbid employees from having guns on school property.

In April, the Jackson County sheriff was ordered to release a list of all the concealed handgun license holders to a Medford newspaper. The case is now before the Oregon Court of Appeals.

In the meantime, Gordon plans to send letters to about 10,000 concealed handgun license holders in his county. He wants them to respond whether they want their personal information kept confidential and whether they applied for the license to protect their personal safety.

Here's the sheriff's release:

Notice to All Washington County Concealed Handgun License Holders

On Friday, November 14, 2008, the Sheriff's Office will begin mailing notices to approximately 10,000 Washington County Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders. The notice is a precautionary measure to protect Concealed Handgun License records from disclosure to the public in light of a recent Oregon court decision in Jackson County. CHL holders who want to request protection of their records must respond by mail or use a short form found on the Sheriffís website.

Content of the Notice

There is currently a statewide issue regarding the disclosure of the names, addresses and other identifying information of people who have concealed handgun licenses that affects you. Essentially, several groups are asking for lists of information about all the people who hold concealed handgun licenses. This includes the media, and other groups related to sporting and hunting.

As your sheriff, I refused to disclose that information because I believe many people obtain a concealed handgun license for personal security and would not want that information made public. I also resist disclosing personal information because of the continuing identity theft risks.

Despite my belief (shared by sheriffs across Oregon), an Oregon court recently decided that there is no evidence that people obtain concealed handgun licenses for security measures. The court ordered the Jackson County Sheriff to disclose a list of all the concealed handgun license holders in his county to the local newspaper. The case is now before the Oregon Court of Appeals.

While I believe you obtained your concealed handgun license as a security measure and that you do not want that information disclosed with your name, address and other personal information, I need to hear from you on this issue to help me defend your privacy in this matter.

Please answer the two questions at the bottom of this letter and return it to my office by mail, or visit www.co.washington.or.us/sheriff and complete the short form online as soon as possible. If you want your name and other information to remain confidential, simply answer YES to both questions. Thank you for your cooperation.

Ultimately, we realize the Washington County Sheriffís Office may be required to follow applicable court decisions. However, we hope that by having this additional information from each CHL license holder, we will be able to advocate more fervently for the protection of this sensitive information.

Comments (11)

Sounds like the criminals have a better lobby than the Law-Abiding citizens in Oregon. Making private information public is asking for trouble and making sure you get it. Liberal elitists don't give a damn about anyone other than themselves and now the idiots have one in the White House. The lunatics are in charge of the asylum and it is going to be a bad ride for all of us who have morals and try to live virtuious lives. The immoral and amoral have joined forces and may God have mercy on the rest of us.

Posted by: TBILL | December 1, 2008 11:17 AM    Report this comment

A judge who follows his Oath of Office to protect and defend the Constitution, bend to the will of the majority of the people would not consider the release of info. fisherman

Posted by: vandriver | November 29, 2008 2:56 PM    Report this comment

A decade ago in Tennessee, a major newspaper used such a court order
to post CHL information including name, home address, and employment
information on handgun permit holders.
The newspaper article stated that this
information was being made public so
that other readers would know about the handgun if they chose to visit
those homes, their children played with the kids in gun homes, or if such persons worked with them and might pose a danger as co-workers.
Of course, it also provided a shopping list for burglars, since the newspaper lists published also have
the make, model, and caliber of the
handgun stored at that home address.

Posted by: JiminTenn | November 29, 2008 3:13 AM    Report this comment

When I read the headline" Oregon State Court " I get a sick feeling before I ever read the rest. They are a bunch of tree hugging , owl kissing, Ralph Nader loving liberals that will be over- run with Drug addicts, gays,and illegal aliens before they ever get a chance to see the muzzle flash!They are currently searching for even MORE ways to waste State money. If the State doesn't know who has CHL's by now, they NEVER will.They have obviously never heard of the Privacy Act and relish the Freedom of Information Act.The Oregon Court should be ashamed to call themselves bipartisan.

Posted by: Sharps | November 25, 2008 9:34 PM    Report this comment

This action could set a precedent for the whole country. There is no good reason for the exposure of CHL member's information.

Posted by: Thomas M | November 25, 2008 7:51 PM    Report this comment

Making CHL holder information public threatens both CHL holders and non holders. If you hold a CHL, your home becomes a target for gun theives, when you are not at home. If you don't hold a CHL, a robber may conclude that you will do not pose an armed threat in the event of a robbery or home invastion.

In either case, making this information is lose-lose for all concerned.

Posted by: Jim in Houston | November 25, 2008 5:00 PM    Report this comment

Oregon is the poster child for left wing liberal extremism. Only Massachusetts has a more liberal agenda.Most of the country just gets the flavor of the metro areas like Portland and Vancouver ,Washington. There are many middle of the road centrist concealed weapons permit holders all through the state that will disregard any and all directives aimed at disarming the public here. Oregon is split down the middle literally.The leftists live and work in the populated Willamette Valley and the sensible ones live and work outside the Portland, Salem, Eugene, Springfield leftist gut where being center to right is the norm.If the liberals have their way, only the gangsters, Policing agencies and the National Guard will be armed. The rest of us will have to defend our homes and loved ones with aluminum baseball bats. Still ,they are very effective in the dark on home turf!!!!

Posted by: Sharps | November 25, 2008 4:18 PM    Report this comment

God bless our sheriffs. They fight for our privacy, freedom, protection, and constitution, while left wing judges try to destroy them. Shame on our left wing judges !!

Posted by: Svend | November 25, 2008 2:51 PM    Report this comment

I wonder, if this should become law, how that sitting judge, who rendered this decision, would feel if all 10,000+ CHL holders filed a law suit for endangering their saftey and lives. They (the CHL holders) could begin to get threatening phone calls and e-mails, and have their homes burglarized or worse. Some liberal judges don't read the statistics. If they did, they would see how the drop in crime is directly related to citizens being armed. This is ofcourse is IMHO. BeeGeeOhio

Posted by: BRUCE G | November 25, 2008 1:35 PM    Report this comment

I wonder, if this should become law, how that sitting judge, who rendered this decision, would feel if all 10,000+ CHL holders filed a law suit for endangering their saftey and lives. They (the CHL holders) could begin to get threatening phone calls and e-mails, and have their homes burglarized or worse. Some liberal judges don't read the statistics. If they did, they would see how the drop in crime is directly related to citizens being armed. This is ofcourse is IMHO. BeeGeeOhio

Posted by: BRUCE G | November 25, 2008 1:20 PM    Report this comment

This sounds like the same thing the gay liberals are doing in California right now. They are outing the people who donated money to support the ban on gay marriage. This situation could turn out to be a simular witch hunt. This information should be confidential. There is no reasonable reason for this information to be public and I can think of numerous bad things that could happen as a result.

Posted by: Robert J | November 25, 2008 11:52 AM    Report this comment

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