1. [It shall be a misdemeanor for a] person or entity [to] publish the name, address, or other identifying information of any individual who owns a firearm or who is an applicant for or holder of any license, certificate, permit, or endorsement which allows such individual to own, acquire, possess, or carry a firearm.
2. For purposes of this section, “publish” means to issue information or material in printed or electronic form for distribution or sale to the public.
So this would make it illegal for someone to
- Mention in a newspaper article that a named criminal had attacked someone with the criminal’s gun.
- Mention in a newspaper article that a named crime victim had defended himself with his own gun.
- Mention in a newspaper article that a named defender wasn’t going to be charged because he was properly licensed to carry a gun.
- Argue in print or online that some legislator or commentator is being inconsistent in supporting gun bans while owning a gun (or having a concealed carry permit) himself.
- Talk in a blog post about your hunting or target-shooting trip with a named friend to which he brought his gun.
- Talk in a blog post or newspaper article about your own gun.
And that is even if we read the statute as meaning that it shall be a crime to name a person as the owner of a gun or as a concealed carry license holder. Read literally, the statute makes it a crime to publish the name of anyone who happens to own a gun, even if you don’t say that he’s a gun [...]