Gun Permits Lead To Loss Of Privacy
Yesterday I started to write my article about whether or not carry permits are reasonable (Spoiler: They aren’t) and ironically I ran into an article that not only reinforced my personal beliefs, but reinforces the belief that permits to buy firearms are just as unreasonable. Before I get to explaining the map in the thumbnail, I want to review with you two of the amendments found in the Bill of Rights.
- The 2nd Amendment: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
- The 4th Amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
First of all, the Bill of Rights was written to limit what the government can do, not what the citizens can do. The 2nd Amendment was written to outline an inalienable right granted to an individual by just being, not to give the right as it cannot be given, nor taken. The 4th Amendment, to sum it up, allows a person to maintain their privacy, as well as prevents the government from intruding into their lives without just cause.
With that said, let’s talk about how gun permits will result in your loss of your 4th Amendment rights.
Back in 2012 (about 4 years before I got into firearms and 5-6 years before I actually started TacCat) there was a huge slew of states publishing the private information of citizens, well, it wasn’t actually the states, it was the small departments inside of police departments that are in charge of handling gun permits (whether it be carry permits, or purchase permits).
This private information leak, granted by Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests were the names and addresses of all individual’s who had acquired a carry permit, a license to purchase handguns, etc. The map you see above is actually the the Google Maps view from The Journal News, a New York based newspaper. The map shows the names and addresses over all handgun owners in that area.
Fortunately around 2013 The Journal News took the map down, unfortunately it wasn’t because they felt it was morally wrong to broadcast that information to every criminal in the world, and turning unarmed households into easy targets. From the day they made it public, to the day it ended, thousands upon thousands of New Yorkers were made vulnerable to attack.
This hasn’t only happened in the case of New York though. It’s happened from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Virginia, and even down to North Carolina. Each time the police departments were either reluctant to hand it over and were “forced” to via FOIA rulings, or because they just wanted to hand it over willy-nilly (in the case of Philadelphia, they even included people who appealed their rejection notices! 🙂 )
The point is though, individual’s lost their privacy because they decided to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. Whether it was via something like a FOID card for Illinois, or something as simple as a carry permit. These individual’s didn’t only have their personal lives broadcasted to the world, but their homes were turned into targets for thieves, and non-gun owners were turned into easy pickings for the scum of the world.
The legal property that an individual owns should be privileged information, whether or not someone carries a firearm for self-defense should be privileged information. Courtesy of a country turned sensitive, this private information can be the difference between an individual getting, or maintaining their job.
Isn’t it something when your country’s court and/or law enforcement systems decide that because you exercise one right, you lose a different right? At the end of the day, the permits, your 4473s, etc. can and will be used against you, even if you did nothing wrong.