"The Constitution gives people the right to own guns in this country, and it also gives people the right to know whether they own a gun or not," said Henry Freeman, editor and vice president/news at The Journal News. "This is a public record. People have a right to know that.
That is like saying that you have a right to practice the religion of your choice, but the public has a right to know what religion it is and how you practice it! It is a totally absurd argument. Would Freeman be willing to print a list of his paper's confidential sources, because "people have a right to know that." I doubt it!
I feel for you CA guys, I really do. In VA we have been having some of the same problem with papers printing the names of CHP holders. The Free Lance-Star in Fredericks did it again on Sunday:
Thankfully we don't have gun registration, but it is still just crazy.