So the criminals aren't smart enough to plot their crimes, right?

Those in the media who recklessly abuse their privilege to obtain information on individuals with CHLs callously dismiss suggestions that publishing the names will lead to targeted gun theft.

The Akron Beacon Journal has called it a "flimsy presumption", and Gannett News Columbus Bureau Chief Jim Siegel said warnings about the dangers of publishing the list of CHL-holders "elevate these criminals to a level of sophistication they very likely do not possess..."


On November 9, 2004. the Fremont News Messenger reported that four Detroit men researched a rural Ohio gun store on the Internet, and came to town a week early to case the store they intended to rob.

Although their August robbery failed, intelligence gathered from gun store surveillance cameras were used to identify the criminals, which were arrested in Michigan on charges of breaking and entering another gun store in that state.

A gun stolen from that robbery was quickly sold on the black market and used in a murder.

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