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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Beebe will allow gun permit secrecy to become law without his signature

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Given the absence of significant legislative opposition and an absence of constitutional problems, Gov. Mike Beebe said he'd allow the bill to make concealed gun permits secret.

Say goodbye to public (any) accountability for people who get the permits improperly. Say goodbye to public oversight of whether permit holders are held to account when they misuse guns (see the Conway permit holder, a former college president, who waved a pistol around at cops and refused to put his gun down for a tense period of time; is that OK? See the permitted Little Rock doctor who plugged a parking lot car while acting as a self-deputized posse following a possible robbery; is that OK?)

Beebe's statement:

Governor Mike Beebe has decided that he will not veto Senate Bill 131, which makes secret all personal information of concealed-carry permit holders in Arkansas.

In 2009, a legislative compromise was reached that bolstered the privacy of permit holders while still preserving the public's right to access information. Without evidence of any problems resulting from this compromise over the past four years, Governor Beebe saw no need to further restrict information and opposed the bill.

However, with overwhelming support in both houses and no constitutional concerns about the bill, Beebe has decided to let the bill go into law without his signature, and that will happen next Monday.

Under open carry, now being sought in the legislature, I guess we'll know at least some of the pistol packers.

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