In the wake of the Newtown school shooting, the Journal News of New York published an article and interactive maps including the names and addresses of Westchester and Rockland county gun owners. It prompted outrage from some readers, while others appreciated the information.
The controversial decision by the newspaper may have some wondering why no Connecticut news outlet has attempted to replicate the story for readers in the Nutmeg state.
The answer is simple: the names and addresses of people issued gun permits in Connecticut are confidential, unless that person was denied a permit to carry a gun.
In July 1994, during a special session, the General Assembly exempted gun permit information from public disclosure.
Michael P. Lawlor, the governor’s top criminal justice adviser who was a lawmaker involved in the 1994 discussions, said the disclosure of gun permit information was a trade-off they made with the pro-gun legislators and lobbyists in order to get the bill passed.