Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 10:11 AM
To: "Mulroy, Nancy" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Well something is wrong here and I believe a crime has been committed.
Are you aware of this statute?
(d) Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 1-210 and 1-211, the name and address of a person issued a permit to sell at retail pistols and revolvers pursuant to subsection (a) of this section or a state or a temporary state permit to carry a pistol or revolver pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, or a local permit to carry pistols and revolvers issued by local authorities prior to October 1, 2001, shall be confidential and shall not be disclosed, except (1) such information may be disclosed to law enforcement officials acting in the performance of their duties, (2) the issuing authority may disclose such information to the extent necessary to comply with a request made pursuant to section 29-33 for verification that such state or temporary state permit is still valid and has not been suspended or revoked, and the local authority may disclose such information to the extent necessary to comply with a request made pursuant to section 29-33 for verification that a local permit is still valid and has not been suspended or revoked, and (3) such information may be disclosed to the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services to carry out the provisions of subsection (c) of section 17a-500.
I don't believe you were allowed to answer any questions about the permit status of the individual and I believe this statute was violated in the article where the permit status and the address of the person was disclosed to the public. This is a public safety concern. We now have public information available of where a firearm is located. This person could potentially be targeted because of this information. Even without the statute, this seems to violate basic privacy trust that citizens enter into with the state when they apply for a permit to carry a pistol or revolver.
I notice you made sure to mention that you did not disclose the name or address of the permit holder to the journalist, but the information clearly appears in the article. What is your assumption as to where that information may have come from if not disclosed by the Hartford Police Department? Will you provide all of your communications with the journalist to help me figure out the source of this information?
Why was the permit status of the resident relevant to the story? If the victim possessed the firearm illegally, charges for illegal possession would have been filed by the responding officers and that would be public information.