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Charlotte Observer: N.C. sheriffs wage fight over gun records

From the Charlotte Observer (3/3/13): As North Carolina legislators move to close public access to firearm permits, some sheriffs are already refusing to hand over the records.

Following a public showdown with the sheriff in Cherokee County, a local newspaper editor quit last week after his records request – which was denied – made him the target of death threats. The county has the state’s highest rate of concealed-handgun permits.

In Gaston County, Sheriff Alan Cloninger responded Friday to a newspaper’s request for gun-permit records by withholding names and addresses of permit holders.

As the nation revisits gun control following the massacre in Newtown, Conn., the sheriffs embody another facet of the debate: What are we entitled to know, through public records, about our neighbors’ weaponry?

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Colin Donohue,
3/4/2013 9:57 AM