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Chronicle - News- Herald Weekly Question for Your Iowa Legislators

March 15, 2013
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Chronicle News-Herald asks:

Q: "What is your position on a bill which will make names and addresses of non-professional pistol and revolver permit holders confidential?"


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State Rep. Dean Fisher (R-Garwin)
State Sen. Steve Sodders (D-State Center)

State Sen. Steve Sodders (D-State Center) This bill has been moved on the House side and will likely make it into the Senate Judiciary. I believe there has been compromise on this bill between law Enforcement and the firearms coalitions. The bill has not been voted out of the House of Representatives and there is not a current bill on the Senate side. Therefore, it is difficult to support or not support the bill until it comes the Senate and had a full hearing.

State Rep. Dean Fisher (R-Garwin) This bill is House File 81 which I co-sponsored and fully support. When a person applies for a permit to purchase or concealed carry a firearm they have a reasonable expectation that their information will remain confidential. This is for safety purposes of the individual applying for the permit. If the information is published or otherwise made public that information can be used by criminals to target the permit holder's home for theft and it can be used to ostracize and harass the permit holder.

Shortly after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, a newspaper published the names and addresses of hundreds of firearm permit holders in three counties in New York on a website using an interactive map to pinpoint exactly where firearm permit holders live. This website map had no purpose other than to harass the permit holders and frighten future potential permit applicants.

Thirty other states have previously enacted similar laws protecting firearms owners by making information in firearm permits confidential, and I think Iowa should become the thirty-first. The publishing of such firearm permit lists does not serve any public interest and exposes law-abiding citizens to the possibility of criminal acts.



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