BREAKING: Michigan Governor Signs NRA-Backed Bills Protecting Gun Owners’ Privacy
The following story is via the NRA-ILA.
Fairfax, Va. – Today, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law an NRA-backed package of bills aimed at protecting gun owners’ privacy by making firearms records confidential. The Firearms Records Confidentiality Package, comprised of Senate Bills 49, 834 and 881 and House Bills 4155, 5325 and 5328, passed in the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support.
Under the new laws, firearms records would not be subject to requests under the Freedom of Information Act and would only be available to law enforcement officials for proper investigatory purposes.
“Gun owners’ information should be protected from unscrupulous media organizations that print personal information in an effort to ostracize law-abiding individuals who are simply exercising a constitutional right,” said Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action.
Collectively, the Firearms Records Confidentiality Package requires that information submitted to the government for purposes of firearms licensing, registration and concealed carry permitting be confidential and not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
“On behalf of the NRA’s five million members, I would like to thank Governor Snyder and the bills’ sponsors, Senators Tom Casperson, Geoff Hansen and Phil Pavlov, and Representatives Aric Nesbitt, Hugh Crawford and Kevin Cotter for ensuring that law-abiding gun owners are protected from unwarranted scrutiny and discrimination merely for exercising their fundamental, constitutional right to Keep and Bear Arms,” concluded Cox.
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