Ark. panel votes to keep some gun permit info open - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Ark. panel votes to keep some gun permit info open

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Senate panel has approved keeping the names and ZIP codes of Arkansans licensed to carry concealed handguns open to the public, but block other personal information from release.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced an amended version of Rep. Randy Stewart's proposal to restrict information released about concealed-carry permits. Stewart had originally proposed keeping the entire list secret, but the amended version allows the release of names and ZIP codes.

Stewart on Thursday at first proposed only releasing the names of those with the permits, but press groups objected and said not releasing geographic information would make the list useless to the public.

The measure now heads to the Senate for a vote.

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