Louisiana Poised to Pass Law That Would Jail Publishers Who Publish Private Carry Permit Holder Information
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The state of Louisiana is poised to pass a law that would fine and potentially even jail publishers and reporters who publish private, personal information about the state’s concealed carry permit holders.
HB8 passed the House previously and then an amended version passed the Senate, so it wil need to be approved by the House before heading to the governor’s desk.
The bill comes on the heels of several news organizations publishing the names and addresses of permit holders/gun owners.
The most covered case was when a NY media company made an interactive map showing the names and addresses of gun owners in some parts of the state. It is thought this interactive map was used by criminals to target homes in order to steal firearms.
Opponents of the bill argue that it is a violation of first amendment rights. Proponents argue that publishing that information can cause harm to innocent people (the permit holders), similar to how yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater is not considered protected speech because of the ability to harm people.
According to NOLA.com,
Under the legislation, penalties for publication would include a $10,000 fine, six months in jail, or both. Law enforcement officers who share such information knowing it would be published could be fined $500 and also spend six months in jail.
An amendment was added to the bill which would allow for the publishing of information of permit holders if they committed a felony.
It is expected that Governor Jindal would sign the bill when the amended version passed the House.