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New Law Could Make Gun Records Confidential

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(WLNS) - It's a package of bills that law-makers say concerns public safety and the second amendment: The Right to Bear Arms.

Currently the records of those who have concealed pistol licenses are available to the public, but that could change.

A total of 81 representatives voted Thursday in the Michigan House to make gun records confidential instead of open to the public under the Freedom of Information Act.

Despite bi-partisan support this topic still has some questioning the logic.

"I've come to pick up a rifle and handgun I purchased here," said Bill Pitylack.

Pitylack says this handgun and Colt M-4 he's buying for his fiance Jill aren't his only guns and says what he owns shouldn't be public knowledge.

"You have no business doing it, you have no business to do it."

Currently anyone can get a list of those who have a concealed pistol license through the Freedom of Information Act.

But the bills approved would change that, limiting that information to law enforcement only

"Protecting that privacy is a public safety issue," said GOP Rep. Tom Leonard.

Representative Tom Leonard supported the bills, saying having that information out in the public makes those with permits easy targets.

"Law abiding citizens are the only ones that can get a CPL permit and it's the good guys that we want to protect," said Rep. Tom Leonard (R), 93rd District.

"I think people should have the right to know if one of their neighbors is a gun owner or carrier," said Rep. Andy Schor.

Schor is one of 28 lawmakers who voted against the measure that he says is an overreach.

"I think it would be in poor taste to public the names of every gun holder also, but it shouldn't be illegal."

Pitylack says yes it's his second amendment right to carry a gun and it's his and all gun owners right to be the only one that knows it.

Along with the Freedom of Information Act change, one of the bills would amend the code of criminal procedure

That would change unlawful access or disclosure of firearms to a class F felony and up to four years in prison.

Those bills now move on the senate.

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