Sheriff in Perry County, PA is Being Sued Because He Refuses to Release List of Carry Permit Holders
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Sheriff Carl Nace is adamant that the county’s records on who holds a carry permit are to be kept private, even from other county officials.
Nace is now being sued over this stance by the county’s auditors who say they need the information in order to verify revenues and money spent on the licensing process. However, Nace feels he is completely within the law to disallow them access to that information.
The law in question states the following,
(i) Confidentiality.–All information provided by the potential purchaser, transferee or applicant, including, but not limited to, the potential purchaser, transferee or applicant’s name or identity, furnished by a potential purchaser or transferee under this section or any applicant for a license to carry a firearm as provided by section 6109 shall be confidential and not subject to public disclosure. In addition to any other sanction or penalty imposed by this chapter, any person, licensed dealer, State or local governmental agency or department that violates this subsection shall be liable in civil damages in the amount of $1,000 per occurrence or three times the actual damages incurred as a result of the violation, whichever is greater, as well as reasonable attorney fees.
The auditors say that providing the information to them is not the same as making the information public.
The sheriff seems to be enjoying support from the community. According to ABC27,
“If I were to have one, I wouldn’t want nobody releasing my information. It’s my information. It’s private, so nobody should have it,” said Darlene McCabe of Landisburg.
“What’s their reasoning for wanting the records? What gain do they get from it? We’re already on record that we have them, it’s just confidential,” said Gavin Kennedy of Landisburg.
“It’s crosshairing they need,” Kennedy said. “I have a carry permit myself and it’s something that doesn’t need to be public at all. There’s no reason for it. There’s no gain at all.”
The attorney for the auditors claim none of the information would be made public, but the sheriff is holding strong in his stance. It looks like this one will have to be settled in court.