Change: Plain Dealer doesn't waste paper space on CHL list
Have editors at the Cleveland Plain Dealer finally realized its readers are not interested in seeing the names of Concealed Handgun License (CHL)-holders from Northeast Ohio printed in their newspaper? Have they finally realized that there is nothing to fear from fellow citizens who have broken no laws, violated no other persons' rights, and who simply wish to exercise their constitutional right to self-defense? Or perhaps more likely, have they just realized that publishing CHL-holders' names is a revenue-loser?
Whatever the case, Editor Doug Clifton's newspaper recently changed its practice of publishing the names of CHL-holders in the pages of its newspapers, and announced instead that it would only be abusing the Media Access Loophole by posting the names on its website.
Before it was passed, the Ohio Newspaper Association claimed the Media Access Loophole was necessary to hold sheriffs accountable and ensure that only the "right" people were obtaining licenses. The law currently reads that the identity of a CHL-holder may be obtained if the newspaper states that it is needed for the public good.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer has never proven a public benefit to publishing this information, and this latest move suggests the editors may be realizing that the lack of a commercial good outweighs their vehemently anti-gun agenda.
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