Concealed gun permit information no longer public record in Miss - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Concealed gun permit information no longer public record in Miss.

(WMC-TV) - There is one less item on the list when it comes to what is public record in Mississippi. That is thanks to a bill signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant.

State-issued gun permits for concealed weapons and the information that comes with them are no longer available to the public.

"The idea that we would produce your name and perhaps other personal information about you is something we're going to remove," said Governor Bryant.

Gov. Bryant put his name on the legislation Monday afternoon. He says allowing the information to be public violates the privacy of gun owners.

"It seems to be an attack on honest gun owners going on across this country," said Bryant.

The bill comes after a newspaper in New York published the names and addresses of people who have concealed weapon permits. It received overwhelming support in both chambers and includes an amendment that the information be turned over only through a court order.

As the bill made its way through the capitol, opponents were concerned it could become a slippery slope in removing transparency from state government.

Gov. Bryant says that is not the case.

"We don't want criminals knowing where the guns are kept, who has them, and where their home is and secondly, I think it puts a chilling effect on anyone that might want to go and get a concealed carry permit, thereby violating their second amendment rights to keep and bear arms," he explained.

Currently, there are two pending public record requests seeking the information the law now blocks.

The Department of Public Safety has yet to honor either one, essentially delaying the decision until the law took hold.

Governor Bryant says those types of requests are concerning and should be denied.

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