VOL. 125 | NO. 73 | Thursday, April 15, 2010
Bill to Close Handgun Records Passes House Panel
The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal to close access to the names of people who hold state-issued permits to carry loaded handguns advanced in the House on Tuesday even though a similar measure failed last year.
The legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville passed on a voice vote in the House Judiciary Committee after an amendment was added.
The original bill would have allowed information to be released on revoked permits. But the amendment proposed by Democratic Rep. Eddie Bass of Prospect would close all material, except in a few instances that include law enforcement use and child support purposes.
Campfield said that wasn't his intent for the bill and that he might be open to changing it.
"I'd say there's some room to work, where everybody hopefully can find some middle ground," he said. "It's moving forward, we'll see what happens in the Senate."
Frank Gibson, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, said the proposal is disappointing.
"There's more evidence that keeping this information open has benefited the public, than any evidence that it's caused any problems," he said.
A similar bill passed the House last year but failed in the Senate. The companion bill of the current legislation is awaiting a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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