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Ramsey against NRA-backed sealing of carry permits

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -

A move to protect the privacy of Tennesseans who have gun carry permits has some surprising opposition. One of the top gun-rights advocates in the state is against it.

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey told The Associated Press that having the records open actually strengthens the Second Amendment, because people could see the permit holders are law-biding citizens.

Ramsey is one of the Legislature's top gun rights advocates and he's behind this year's bill that would allow gun permit holders to keep their weapons in their cars no matter where they are parked.

The bill in question would close the records of permit holders in the state, and it is backed by groups such as the National Rifle Association. A similar bill failed in 2009, because some lawmakers wanted to use that list to solicit contributions.

The issue has resurfaced ever since a New York newspaper recently published an searchable interactive map, pinpointing home addresses for every permit holder in some New York counties.

The bill has yet to have a hearing on Capitol Hill, because the sponsor is working out some language and bringing all the parties involved to the table.

Copyright 2013 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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