Senate Gets Bill To Withhold Names
Posted: February 12, 2013
RICHMOND (AP) — The names of concealed handgun permit holders would be kept secret under legislation passed Tuesday by the House of Delegates.
Sen. Mark Obenshain’s bill originally just shielded the names of permit applicants who have obtained protective orders against another person. The House Militia and Police Committee last week expanded the bill to cover anyone who obtains a permit.
The House voted 76-23 to pass the bill. It now goes back to the Senate to consider the House amendment, which Obenshain supports.
“This isn’t a gun bill. It’s a public safety bill,” Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, said a written statement after the House vote. “It simply affirms that exercising a constitutional right should not land your personal information on someone’s list with a government assist.”