City Paper: McDonough To Introduce Gun Owner Privacy Bill
The bill was brought on by a New York paper's decision to publish a map of pistol permit owners shortly after the Newtown, CT school shooting.
State Del. Pat McDonough wants to stop newspapers from publishing information about gun owners.
City Paper reports a bill on the subject is one of three that McDonough plans to introduce in the General Assembly session that starts in January.
McDonough, a Middle River Republican who represents parts of Baltimore and Harford counties, told City Paper that the gun owner bill was brought on by current events.
The map was compiled using public record requests. A blogger retaliated by posting the addresses of Journal News staffers, as CNN reported. One blogger even published the address of the CEO of the paper's owner, Gannett, as Poynter reports.
"This is really a response to the paper in New York which claimed what they were doing was for the public good, but what it really is is a massive editorial taking up two pages of the newspaper reflecting their position of the newspaper," McDonough told City Paper. "It’s really dishonest to not say it is an editorial."
City Paper asked McDonough if he believed it was the "role of the state" to limit what a paper can publish. McDonough told the paper, “You know yourself that there are regulations on the First Amendment. You know there are laws against scandal [sic] or things that are harmful.”
McDonough acknowledged to City Paper that his bills stand little chance of passing in the General Assembly, where both the House of Delegates and State Senate are controlled by Democrats.