Tennessee is presently expecting to make it punishable by fine to publish the names of permit holders. I was wondering which other states have done this and which states have to put up with public access to our permit status?
There is now a bill before the House (House Bill 1623) to make this information not so readily accessible to just anyone. From what I have heard on the news, it did pass the House.
On the House floor Friday, members approved HB 1623 by Rep. Randy Stewart, D-Kirby. The bill would make the names and other information of holders of permits to carry concealed handguns exempt from the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
Stewart said he filed the bill after a weekly newspaper made a list of the state’s permit holders available to readers.
“You apply for this … permit with a reasonable expectation of privacy. That’s why it’s called a concealed handgun,” Stewart said. The bill passed 98-1.