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Should NJ Gun Owners Names Be Published? [AUDIO]

The names and addresses of gun owners in New Jersey would be prohibited from being released to the public under legislation that’s being sponsored by State Assemblyman Dave Rible.

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The move comes after a New York newspaper published such information and planned to release more names and addresses.

“It’s a public safety issue. You’re talking about keeping the information of legal gun owners out of the newspapers and out of the media,” said Rible, a former police officer. “The information belongs in the eyes of law enforcement only. Publishing such information not only gives the criminals a blueprint for obtaining guns, but it also provides those criminals who want to seek revenge on law enforcement with a handy map right to their front doors. Publishing the addresses of law-abiding gun owners, including police officers, is both irresponsible and dangerous.”

“Only a month ago, the Assembly unanimously passed a bill aimed, in part, at protecting the safety of lottery winners by allowing them to remain anonymous,” said Rible. “It defies logic that someone who legally obtains a gun permit is not given the same protections from having their name and address splashed across a newspaper.”

Rible is working with Assemblyman Ron Dancer to craft the legislation that would address this issue. They plan to introduce the measure this week.

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