City Pays $1.4 Million for Gun Permit Info Dump

The gun information was wrongfully made public in 2012.

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

City Hall will pay $1.425 million to settle a lawsuit over the city’s release of gun permit information in 20112 — information that publicized the names and addresses of thousands of people who had appealed the denial of permits.

NBC 10 reports:

The agreement announced on Tuesday would distribute the funds among 3,265 Philadelphians who appealed either having their gun permit revoked or application denied. It still must be formally approved by a Common Pleas judge during an October hearing.

Benjamin Picker, an attorney with McCausland Keen & Buckman who represented plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said such information must remain private under Pennsylvania’s firearm laws and that the postings left some people vulnerable.

“Some people listed ‘I carry large sums of money at night’ as part of their appeal and that wound up online,” he said. “This is obviously a public safety issue.”

There’s more than payment involved. CBS Philly reports the settlement will make it easier to get a gun permit:


Under the settlement the city also agrees to:


  • process license to carry applications within 45 calendar days rather than 45 “business” days;
  • refund $15 of the application fee to those who are denied, as required by state law;
  • provide better training to city workers as to the confidentiality of firearm application information.


The Inky adds:

If the court approves the settlement, checks will be mailed to all 3,265 people on file. If checks are not cashed or deposited within 90 days of mailing, the uncollected funds will be dispersed equally among three funds: the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund, the Philadelphia NRA Eddie Eagle Program, and the School District of Philadelphia

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  • crateish

    A small victory for men with small penises.

    • williamdiamon

      I just though it just strange for a forum like this to have sex brought up. So I searched Freud’s comments and found this online:
      Freud associates retarded sexual and emotional development not with gun ownership, but with fear and loathing of weapons. The probative importance that ought to be attached to the views of Freud is, of course, a matter of opinion. The point here is only that those views provide no support for the “sexual fantasy” theory of gun ownership.

      This very comment proves Freud’s findings that people who fear weapons suffer from sexual fantasies concerning these items.
      They project these fantasies onto the gun owner. Notice they are the only ones to ever bring any sexual connotation into the discussion, but always claim it is someone else doing the fantasizing.
      Is this common to all who suffer hoplophobia?

    • Clayton Cramer

      What about for women who applied for permits?

      I guess that you agree that Philly is a really safe place, and there’s just reason for anyone to be afraid of being attacked by criminals, especially those who “carry large sums of money at night.”

  • williamdiamon

    Constitutional carry is the new concealed carry.