Hancock County Residents Applaud Sheriff's Decision
After a local newspaper sent out a request to various sheriff's departments asking for personal information, residents in one county are applauding the sheriff's decision to decline that request.
The Wheeling Intelligencer sent letters to various West Virginia Sheriff's Departments requesting the names and records of everyone who received concealed carry permits from the sheriff.
Following that request, Sheriff Ralph Fletcher sent letters to those residents informing them of what he believes to be an invasion of their privacy.
Sheriff Fletcher is unsure of what the Intelligencer would do with that information and is concerned about people using the list to break into homes, knowing whose homes are protected by a gun and whose are not.
"How does this serve the public to put this information out? That I don't understand. How this information as to who owns a gun, and by deduction who doesn't, how does that serve the public by announcing it to the world?" Sheriff Fletcher said.
The sheriff has received dozens of emails and a half dozen letters that support his decision. His secretary Angelina Dickson says some of these letters and emails are coming from people who don't even live in the county.
We have placed calls to Fred Conners of the Wheeling Intelligencer, but have not received a response.