Ostensibly out to celebrate Sunshine Week (“in which we reflect on the importance of open government and public records”), The Roanoke Times published a list of all the concealed-carry permittees in the state—over 135,000 names and addresses—on their website.
“I can hear the shocked indignation of gun-toters already: It’s nobody’s business but mine if I want to pack heat,” penned the paper’s editorial writer Christian Trejbal on Sunday. “Au contraire. Because the government handles the permitting, it is everyone’s business.”
Since then, the newspaper has removed the database because it including “names that should not have been released.”
What’s your reaction?