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In Redding, Readers Don't Conceal Their Anger

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

In Redding, Readers Don't Conceal Their Anger

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When the Record Searchlight in Redding, Calif., asked to see the list of people permitted to carry concealed weapons in Shasta County, the sheriff said sure - but first he wanted to alert the permit holders.

After Sheriff Jim Pope sent out letters to the 3,700 people, the Record Searchlight heard from hundreds of them.

"I myself talked to about 100 people in the first three or four days. The reporter who was doing the story, Maline Hazle, heard from close to that many, and our editor [Tom King] got probably 50 calls," said Managing Editor Greg Clark.

Most callers were satisfied when the paper explained that it had no intention of publishing the list of concealed-weapon holders, Clark said. In the end, despite the threats of about half a dozen callers, no one canceled their subscription or took other action, he said.

However, things got a little scary Oct. 1 when a bomb threat forced the Searchlight to evacuate its offices. …

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