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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

South Carolina Latest State to Exempt Concealed Weapons Permits

In a fine example of the powerful tendency for bad exemptions to sweep across the nation, USA Today updates the issue:

South Carolina last week became the latest in a growing number of states to make the names of people who have a license to carry a concealed weapon a state secret.

Five other states might not be far behind in a battle that pits a public policy of open government against the right of people to keep their gun ownership records private.

Bills that would make concealed gun permit records confidential have been introduced in eight other states this year — Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia — according to Janna Goodwin of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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