Louisiana, guns and journalism

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    This seems pretty radical:

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    It doesn't seem that radical to me. When you own something that is legal, expensive, highly sought after by criminals, and designed to kill, people shouldn't be making that information publicly available if you don't want it to be.
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    I understand their motives -- whether the sniveling JAs who think publishing these lists are too addled to understand it or not, they are removing some of the cloak of uncertainty that might otherwise discourage robbery and burglary, all for the sake of trying to entice other fools to socially punish or osctracize gun owners. It is a pretty contemptible way to represent one's rights of free speech and press, sort of on or maybe even below the "porn" level.

    Close case for 1st amendment, maybe. I can argue it both ways. The least restrictive means here might be to protect the information from legal access and not try to control speech.
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    Finally, a bill to protect people's rights to privacy, with consequences for those that disobey them!
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    1. what would be the impact on burglary?
    2. you really figure that owning a gun in Louisiana means you'll be ostracized?
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    There are any number of collateral effects -- by identifying homes with guns, one simultaneously identifies those without. That makes both more enticing targets, depending on what someone is after. I think a legitimate argument can be made that privacy about gun ownership promotes greater uncertainty in criminals as to what might happen if they attempt a crime, and one likely to be a more reliable deterrent than anything else. "Will a strange dog bite?"
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    the law is about concealed weapons permits. not gun ownership in the home.
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    Why can't people have privacy?
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    I think the question is about making it a crime to publish information. Everyone would like to have privacy over a wide variety of things. But can you throw someone in jail because you didn't get it?
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    Obviously it was done in response to the newspaper articles in NY/ Connecticut, who for no good purpose published the list of concealed gun permit owners. Presumably it was done to embarrass and expose gun owners to ridicule. The thing may have backfired on the press, as it brought on lawsuits against the publications. I think they are making a strong statement about gun rights in their state.
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    Because someone is guilty of disseminating that private information. Therefore they get jail-time, a fine, or both.

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