NC House OKs making permit records confidential

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina House has voted to bar the public from reviewing the detailed records of concealed weapons and pistol permit holders issued in the name of safety.

The House voted 97-20 on Tuesday in favor of making confidential lists of people purchasing pistols or who received concealed weapons permits from local sheriffs and their identifying information. The information is currently a public record, meaning anyone can access them.

Bill proponents argue permit information can help potential thieves figure out who has weapons they want to steal or wish to avoid while seeking targets.

Gun rights advocates also have been angry over media outlets obtaining permit records and posting some or all of the information.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where a similar bill has been considered.

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