YUBA CITY (CBS13) – The Sutter County Sheriff is alerting concealed carry weapons holders after a public records request prompted him to release some of their information.
Sheriff Brandon Barnes says the San Francisco Chronicle recently put in the request for information about CCW permit applications and permit holders.
The sheriff says he "personally" declined to release much of the information requested, but was advised by the county counsel to provide some data. CCW permit numbers, the names of permit holders, and the dates of issue and expiration have been released.
Exactly what the Chronicle is using the information for has not been stated, according to the sheriff's office.
On Tuesday, the sheriff's office posted the letter they will be sending out to CCW permit holders in the coming weeks.
In response to the sheriff's decision to publicize the Chronicle's request and to notify CCW permit holders, San Francisco Chronicle Editor In Chief Audrey Cooper issued the following statement:
"I am deeply disturbed by how some sheriffs have handled a routine request for public information from a respected and established news outlet. As a result, they have put our journalists in personal danger for their own political gain.
"It is a journalist's job to investigate trends, and we do not intend on publishing personal information of private citizens. Unfortunately, the sheriffs sought to play up distrust in media when it became clear that they cannot deny access to public information."
Cooper later added the newspaper would refine its Public Records Act request out of concern for their reporter's safety. His name will be removed. Cooper will instead use her name in the Chronicle's request for the data.
Sheriff Barnes says he will alert CCW permit holders if any more information is requested.
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