Arkansas House Approves Bill Making Gun List Secret

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press  on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 2:48 pm  

Steve Jones, chairman of Arkansas Carry, which supported the legislation to keep the list secret, said in an interview that he requested the list to see how many residents had permits and to see how the information was being provided.

He said the group previously requested the list in 2009 and doesn't use it to solicit new members.

"What we did look at this time was just how easy it would be to find out someone's information" Jones said. "Just using the name and ZIP code, we found that with a Google search, it's almost as easy as if you had all of the information."

The legislation to keep the list secret will take effect as soon as the governor signs it or when the Legislature overrides his veto.

The bill is one of several measures this legislative session aimed at tightening the state's Freedom of Information Act. Other proposals would either exempt from disclosure or keep secret the names of state employee whistleblowers, school safety plans, execution protocols, and public water system documents relating to security.

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