Much ado about gun permit records…which apparently are a mess.

From the scarred earth of the New York gun permit kerfuffle comes some great reporting…..seems the records everyone is so upset about demonstrate wonderfully why access is critical to evaluate the efficacy of the system itself!

When Mike Smith checked an online map of pistol-permit holders published by The Journal News, he was shocked to see his home on it.

He quickly determined his brother-in-law had used Smith’s Valley Cottage address when he successfully applied for a handgun license — in 1997, a few months before he moved to Arizona.

Though angry at his brother-in-law, Smith said he also was left fuming about a process that hadn’t measured up.

“Nobody ever called and verified the address,” Smith said. “They didn’t use his driver’s license. Could somebody else use my address?”

Much, much more here.