posted on Feb, 21 2013 @ 12:59 AM
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Over the objection of freedom of information advocates, Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday approved legislation that would
make secret the list of nearly 130,000 residents who have permits to carry concealed weapons.
The Arkansas house passed this 84-3. The senate also passed this earlier, with 24-9.
In the state of Arkansas, police could release a CCW holders name and zip code if a FOIA was filed.
Unlike New York’s law, Arkansas’ current Freedom of Information Act allows police to release only the names and zip codes of permit holders.
That’s the result of a 2009 compromise that lawmakers approved after a previous effort to make all of the information secret.
The governer has said he opposes the bill, but there's not really much he can do now. If he veto's the bill, it wont make a difference. It will be
overridden with a simple majority. 84-3 in the house, 24-9 in the senate? This is going to become law.
Also recently, a few other states have done pretty much the same as Arkansas.
Four additional states — Kansas, Kentucky, Oregon and South Carolina — recently enacted legislation keeping concealed weapons permits secret,
according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. And on Tuesday, Maine’s governor swiftly signed into law an emergency, temporary measure
to keep the names of permit-holders confidential following public furor over a newspaper’s request for the information.
Good on Arkansas and the other states that are doing this. Personal privacy.
edit on 21-2-2013 by buni11687 because: (no reason given)