A story out of California should have gun owners thinking twice before applying for a concealed carry permit in their own state. The San Francisco Chronicle is demanding that Sutter County Sheriff Brandon Barnes turn over all concealed carry permit data to the newspaper.
And because every license that people obtain from the government for anything becomes a “public record,” it looks like Sheriff Barnes will eventually be forced to comply with the fake news media.
For those who don’t know, Sutter County, California is located just north of the state capital of Sacramento. Like about half of the counties in California, it is filled with conservative, patriotic Americans who are handily outvoted in every election by the nuts and illegal aliens in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Donald Trump won the 2016 vote in Sutter County by a margin of 54% to 38% over Hillary Clinton.
Note to Sheriff Barnes: Take the server with all of the CCW license information on it. Then, drive out into a remote field somewhere and smash the server with a hammer. Next, drive over the remains of the server in your SUV four or five times. Finally, take the remnants of the server to nearby Folsom State Recreation Area and dump it in the lake. As the final step, notify the San Francisco Chronicle that you “wiped” the server records as part of its routine maintenance.
Hey – it worked for Lois Lerner and Hillary Clinton!
Sheriff Barnes is trying to do the right thing to protect gun owners’ privacy here. He initially told the San Francisco Chronicle to go run barefoot down the needle- and feces-infested streets of San Fran when they demanded the names, permit numbers and expiration dates of every CCW holder in Sutter County.
He hasn’t turned over any records to date, but he informed all CCW holders in writing this week that the Sutter County Office of Legal Counsel has told him he legally has to turn the records over to the fake news media.
This is such BS.
The San Francisco Chronicle is now smearing Sheriff Barnes and complaining on other media outlets about Barnes’ nefarious intentions (as if other media outlets are somehow a neutral third party in all this). Here’s the type of hysteria that the San Francisco Chronicle Editor-in-Chief is spewing on Bay Area TV news stations right now:
“I am deeply disturbed by how some sheriffs have handled a routine request for public information from a respected and established news outlet. As a result, they have put our journalists in personal danger for their own political gain.”
“Some sheriffs.” So the San Francisco Chronicle has actually asked for all CCW permit information from all sheriffs in California – but only a few are raising a stink about it.
Journalists are such effing heroes! Their lives are somehow in danger because a sheriff said no to their initial records request. Dorks.
After years of liberal bloggers and journalists telling us that they want to publish the names and addresses of registered gun owners and CCW permit holders because neener neener, the San Francisco Chronicle now claims that it has no intention of publishing the names and addresses of gun owners in Sutter County.
“Why would we do that? That would be crazy. We’re just… um… doing some research.”
Unlike the journalists who are not in any danger from Sheriff Sutter or anyone else, publishing the private information of gun owners in the San Francisco Chronicle would present a very real threat… to gun owners. It paints a target directly on their backs. It lets every thief in California (and there are a lot of those) know which addresses have firearms in the home, so they can case the joint and burgle you when your house is empty.
Publishing that data is also tantamount to an unofficial gun registry, which is unlawful at the federal level.
Sheriff Barnes is trying to protect the privacy of gun owners. The California Attorney General and other totalitarian figures don’t feel the same way about the Second Amendment.
This is why gun owners in every state need to continue to push for Constitutional Carry. Having to apply for any license from any government entity to exercise a right which supersedes all other laws and regulations is ridiculous. And once there’s a paper trail of you trying to comply with these laws, they’ve got you.
And seriously, Sheriff Barnes: Lake Folsom is less than an hour’s drive from your office. Just take a long lunch break, CCW holders will cover for you.