Simply put, there is still at least
one way for someone to get your personal information if you have a handgun
permit in Mississippi. While this Bill
makes it harder for someone to get your information, they can still get it. Some gun owners say, that is information that
should not be out there period.
"Nobody should know that you have a
gun permit, until you have to use it, then its officer, here is my permit, I am
perfectly legal, end of story," says Jeff Duncan.
Mississippi House Bill, 485, signed
into law this week provides, that if you have a conceal and carry permit in Mississippi,
your information is not public record. "Uh,
I am absolutely for it, as a gun owner, my information is not for you to know
or subject to sale, or to be infringed upon in any way, that's my right as an
individual, and I am absolutely for it," says Duncan.
But some say the new law violates the
Sunshine Laws and Public Records Laws of Mississippi according to Jeff Duncan, the
owner of Olive Branch's Gun Exchange. The
law does not violate any public records laws because according to him, it's not
necessarily public record, it's a private citizen's records, and giving that
information out could be dangerous. Duncan
says, "Well number one it gives criminals easy access, hey this person has got
guns, then it makes you a potential target, that is the main concern right
While Duncan likes the law, he says it doesn't go far enough. While the law protects a conceal/carry owner's personal information, the information can still be obtained through a court order. "It should be inaccessible, absolutely that is something that as an individual we have paid our money for. That was our choice to freely obtain a gun permit and anything that I have paid for should be kept inaccessible."