. . . who has gone to court to protect the privacy rights of firearms owners from government snooping.
From the Oregon Firearms Federation [with the final paragraph of commentary/info from Smokeless Powder]:
“The Medford Mail Tribune, which has repeatedly editorialized against gun owners' rights, had sought to gain access to all personal information on every license holder in Jackson County. They began seeking this information after learning that teacher Shirley Katz had a CHL and was fighting a school district policy that claimed she gave up her right to self defense when she became a public school employee.
“When the Medford Mail Tribune demanded the private information on license holders (supposedly to find out how many other Jackson County teachers had chl's) Sheriff Winters refused to turn that information over. The Tribune sued, and the same Judge who declared that Katz had no self defense rights ruled that the anti-gun newspaper could have access to gun owners’ personal information.”
Not only is the Katz decision under appeal, but Sheriff Mike Winter’s has appealed the decision of the Court seeking to continue to protect the identities and personal information of gun owners in Jackson County.
So much for the people who say that registering firearms is only for the purpose of tracking down criminals.