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The Cost of Public Records
Back in December, 2008 we talked about whether or not rosters of concealed handgun permits should be public information. This was after the Medford Mail Tribune sued the Jackson County Sheriff's office for access to the county's concealed license records. We revisited the story this past June, when the Oregon Court of Appeals sided with the Mail-Tribune (and when, in a different case, the US Supreme Court ruled that all Americans have the right to keep a handgun at home for self-defense.)
The pricetag for the public records case just came out this week: it turns out that the sheriff's office will have to pay nearly $44,000 — half for the newpaper's legals costs, half for its own.
As for the list of concealed permits, it still hasn't been released to the newspaper. According to the most recent Mail Tribune article, the sheriff's office is calculating how much it will charge the paper for processing the request — but it could be thousands of dollars.