After a recent news story about a searchable database of gun permit holders in New York from a newspaper called The Journal News, State Representative (Republican, Dist. 34) Rick Womick, who represents Rutherford County, spoke out about what he calls an invasion of privacy.
In New York, a newspaper created a searchable database so that readers could find out who had a gun permit and where they lived. In Memphis, the Commercial Appeal posted a similar searchable database allowing you to research handgun permit holders in Tennessee. Rep. Womick stated…
The Journal News in New York is operated by Gannett and The Commercial Appeal in Memphis is operated by the Scripps Interactive Newspapers Group.
A bill that was proposed at the start of 2013 to protect the identity of handgun carry permit holders has been withdrawn and is now dead in the water. The bill, HB 0473 stated that gun permits “shall not be publicly disclosed except as evidence in a criminal or child support enforcement proceeding.”
On a different note, the guns in parking lots bill is gaining momentum. State Representative Womick told us it would be on the full floor of the house on Thursday (2/28/13).
TN General Assembly
State Representative Rick Womick
The Commercial Appeal, Memphis
The Journal News (New York area)
Guns in parking lots bill HB 0118 and SB 0142