The newspaper is just doing what anyone can do. For a fee anyone can obtain the list of LTCH holders which includes all the information.
Personally I don't think that the list should be public knowledge.
As far as the newspaper.....At least they are leaving names and addresses out of it. There is also the chance that this could do some good. It could show some people who are of the anti persuasion that there are a lotmorepeople who are legally armed than they think. It may make them realize that firearms are not as taboo as they may have thought and encourage them to become gun owners themselves. I know this is a stretch but hey, one can hope.
As for criminals using this information. Without names and addresses it's hit and miss for them depending on what they are looking for. If they are looking for homes of possible non-gun owners they could use the list to target a street that show no LTCH's. If they are looking for homes that are likely to have weapons to steal, they can target a street that shows a high percentage of LTCH holders.
However, just because a person does/does not have and LTCH does not mean that there are/ are not weapons in the home.
All in all I think publishing their list is a bad idea.