Sheriff Warns Gun Permit Owners That Newspaper Is Seeking Their Identities

Holly Matkin

Sutter County Sheriff Brandon Barnes issued a letter to CCW permit holders about the San Francisco Chronicle's request.

Sutter County, CA – The San Francisco Chronicle’s editor-in-chief has accused Sutter County Sheriff Brandon Barnes of “unnecessarily raising alarm,” after the sheriff notified concealed weapons permit holders in his county that the paper requested information about them.

Last Monday, Sheriff Barnes issued a letter to Sutter County concealed weapons permit holders explaining that the San Francisco Chronicle had filed a Public Records Act Request to get information contained on their permit applications and the permits themselves.

“The Office of County Council reviewed the request and has advised me of my legal obligations pursuant to California law,” Sheriff Barnes wrote. “I personally declined to provide much of the information requested; however, I am required to provide…permit number, name of permit holder, date of issue and date of expiration.”

Sheriff Barnes noted that the San Francisco Chronicle provided no reason for why they wanted the information, nor did they explain what they plan to do with it.

“In the event I receive a request for further information, I will notify you as soon as possible,” the sheriff told the county’s concealed weapons permit holders. “As always, I am committed to protecting the rights of our citizens, and those rights afforded to us by our Second Amendment.”

San Francisco Chronicle Editor-in-Chief Audrey Cooper has since alleged that the reporter who filed the public information request is being threatened, KOVR reported.

“I am deeply disturbed by how some sheriffs have handled a routine request for public information from a respected and established news outlet,” Cooper declared in a statement to KOVR. “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,” she continued. “Unfortunately, the sheriffs sought to play up distrust in media when it became clear that they cannot deny access to public information.”

Cooper further alleged that Sheriff Barnes’ decision to notify gun owners about the paper’s records request was unnecessary.

“The sheriff’s tactics’ to unnecessarily raise [the] alarm of law-abiding gun owners will not discourage us from seeking this public information,” Cooper told KOVR, adding that she plans to refile the request in her own name to take the heat off of her reporter.

Sheriff Barnes said he has never mentioned the reporter’s name, and he made no apologies for having quickly alerted permit holders about the request.

“I have never named anyone other than the San Francisco Chronicle, and so I’m not sure how that could be placed back on me personally,” he told KOVR.

He also denied Cooper’s allegation that he had posted the letter to social media for political gain, and pointed out that he isn’t even up for re-election anytime soon.

“No, not at all,” Sheriff Barnes said of the accusation. “I’m a newly-elected sheriff. I’m in my first year in office.”

Cooper said the paper does not intend to release permit holders’ names or private information, so the motive behind the request remains unclear.

Comments (57)
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RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Man is looking out for people, their best interest, man might get himself re-elected if he’s not careful

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Liberal media has done it before. They even published a map...

This is one example what happens when Liberals require registration. Any criminals looking to steal some weapons know which houses to stake stake out and wait for the house to be unoccupied.

Strangely to me, lots of gun nuts like to voluntarily advertise their arsenal by posting pictures on social media, or bragging about their firepower on various gun websites. Fine, if you do this under an anonymous alias, but it's probably not the best plan to share this info freely with complete strangers.

LEO0301
LEO0301

What the heck is the editor talking about? There is no such thing as a "respected news outlet". The only ones who respect the media are those who work for the media.

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

The media cannot be trusted, especially in Commiefornia.

sturnman22
sturnman22

Well done Sheriff! You represent your people!

JBoH
JBoH

"...we do not intend on publishing personal information of private citizens...”.

Then why request the actual permits?

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

Soooo … its ok for the newspaper to request the information, for completely unspecified reasons. But not ok for the sheriff to let the gun owners know about it? Good for him for doing the right thing.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Why the hell does a reporter need to know the address of a CCW carrier! Just flatly wrong! Maybe we need the reporters home address? Seems fair dosen't it?

365
365

First, if they didn't intend to use the personal information - why did they ask for it? Second, in many states public agencies are required to inform the subjects of a public records request that they will be releasing information about them. Third, I do believe a public records request is itself a public record. The San Francisco Chronicle had questionable motives, didn't want the public to know what they were doing, and didn't want the rules to apply to them.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I let everyone I know I own and am licensed carry a gun. It serves 2 purposes. One, it lets them know I have a clean record, no domestic violence, protection orders etc. Two, it puts the would be petty thieves on notice to steer clear of my home. Last year 14 homes in my neighborhood were broken into. I have been here 12 years and never a problem.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

San Francisco Chronicle are a pack of cunts.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Some day, it will be a breakdown of law and order in society. Rest assured leftist twots, when that happens , we will watch with Glee as you are robbed and beaten.

Raymelson
Raymelson

My permit is the second amendment an it's not any one's business how many weapons I owe

DR226
DR226

If she doesn't plan on publishing this information, then she shouldn't need it PERIOD... Is the rebel DA in San Fran in on this?

NFPD103
NFPD103

Interesting logic the information of private citizens is public if held and demanded by the government, but the official representative of a privately owned/public stockholders company a (NewsPaper) has the right to remain anonymous when making the request and not disclose why they want the information and then can make that information public or contact the listed gun owners even name them should they see fit to, plus that can make a FAKE claim the unnamed reporter was being threatened by those same citizens because they wanted and expect that their ownership of the legally owned firearms remain private . That sound about right?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

They should be required to publish this information to a publicly accessible website, even without the newspaper asking. For example, if your neighbor starts to show signs of mental illness, then you can check if he is a gun owner and make a report through the website if he is so that a well-trained social worker can investigate the person and see if she is mentally fit to continue possessing guns (or alternatively, whether she has to give up his guns until such time as her mind becomes more stable and rational).

magnumforc
magnumforc

"respected and established news outlet"???? Right, a leftist paper in San Francisco may be established but respected? Hell no!

Girlwithgun
Girlwithgun

It would interesting to see what other 'Public Records Act Request' they have submitted. Was this their first or tenth time requesting such info on conceal carry holders. Surely such info can be obtained thru the same channels as they had used.

AppreciateU
AppreciateU

Huge Thanks to this Sheriff. Didn't know that anyone could file for this kinda private info. Scary in this era with crazy liberal nazis out there.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I should have a right to my confidentiality as a gun owner just like a news source can remain confidential.

rables
rables

Don't believe these lying newspaper liberals. They like a rug. They want to give the list to every stinking anti Second Amendment scumbag to harass you and shame you. California is a commie state and the state government needs to be put in jail for treason, especially the governor and that punk attorney general .

Jowens507
Jowens507

California is becoming nothing more than a cesspool of elected officials doing more for the mighty dollar and not what's right for the people who elected them. That state does everything for the ones who's feelings get hurt, and instead of doing good for the lawbiding citizens.


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