Please Contact the Roanoke Times Today!
In the Sunday, March 11 edition of its paper, the Roanoke Times published an article observing the importance of open government and public access. The focus of this particular article was concealed handgun permits and which citizens currently maintain a valid carry permit -- however, the Roanoke Times didn't stop there. After receiving a database of all concealed carry permittees in Virginia via a Freedom Of Information Act request, the paper provided a searchable database on its website, therefore allowing anyone with criminal intentions to determine exactly who in their community has a permit to carry concealed handgun, as well as the address of every permittee!
After repeated contact from concerned, law-abiding gun owners the Roanoke Times has decided to remove the concealed carry permit database from its website. However, in their statement, the paper indicates that they are working with the State Police to determine how to proceed.
Please continue to contact both the Roanoke Times at (540) 981-3340, as well as its President and Publisher Debbie Meade at (540) 981-3326, and strongly urge them to cease from any future actions that would endanger law-abiding gun owners.
We will continue to keep you informed of any new developments.
You can view the article here: http://www.roanoke.com/editorials/trejbal/wb/108160