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TN bill would limit gun carry records to politicians

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV-AP) -

An effort to seal Tennessee's handgun carry permit records from public scrutiny would create an exception for political operatives and lobbying groups to still obtain the entire set of names and addresses.

Republican Sen. Ferrell Haile of Gallatin told the Senate Judiciary Committee this week that his bill is an effort to block the publication of handgun carry permit records on newspaper websites.

He resisted efforts to strip the loophole for political groups from the bill for fear that it would torpedo the entire effort.

Political operatives and advocacy groups want to be able to obtain the names and addresses of all 398,000 permit holders so they can target them for fundraising and campaign mailings.

State senators are also considering a bill that would express their opposition to any effort by the federal government to restrict gun rights.

"The president seems to think that guns are important and restricting guns are important. Why can't we stand on the other side and say supporting gun rights is important," said State Sen. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville.

Campfield has a few gun propositions of his own. One would allow people who voluntarily enter drug or alcohol rehab programs to get a handgun permits after three years instead of 10.

Another would prohibit someone from publishing the names and information of more than 15 handgun carry permit holders in one day.

"Guns are an easy thing for people to steal and resell. It really puts the safety of their home at risk," Campfield said.

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