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Does the Second Amendment trump the First?

Updated: Monday, March 24 2014, 06:37 PM EDT

Does the Second Amendment trump the First?

It's a question being looked at here in the Ohio Valley after a local newspaper is denied a Freedom of Information request.

The request was made by a reporter for a Wheeling newspaper requesting the names of all the people with a concealed-carry permit.

Ohio County Sheriff Pat Butler says it violates the privacy and safety of many residents.

“First of all, I think it's an invasion of privacy and I think it's a dangerous precedent to set to let people all over the Ohio Valley know who has permits and who doesn’t.” said Butler.

The sheriff says he doesn't know if their intention was to publish the entire list, but he says giving that kind of information out could be dangerous.

“If you see someone's name in the paper that has a gun and they go on vacation there's a good chance they'll have guns in their house,” said Butler. “If their name isn't in the paper-- meaning they don't have a weapon-- well I think burglars would target that area because they'd get less resistance."

The Ohio County Sheriff’s Department posted about the denied request on Facebook and the comment section got a lot of attention.

Most supporting the sheriff saying, “Frankly, it's none of the media's business.”

“I believe it's been ruled it's public record, but I am going to disagree with that until the day I’m out of office,” said Butler.

The sheriff says he's made himself accessible to reporters for most stories, but this is where he draws the line.

“Anybody that sends a request is going to get the same answer. It's ludicrous why anyone needs that info,” said Butler.

However, the sheriff's stance may not stand up in court. It's still unclear if it will go that far or what the newspaper's intentions actually were.

Does the Second Amendment trump the First?


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