Guns

Michigan Exempts Gun Records From State’s Freedom Of Information Act

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The National Rifle Association is praising Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder for signing laws exempting gun records from the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

The legislation signed Tuesday codified a 1999 Michigan Supreme Court ruling that disclosing gun registries is an "unwarranted invasion of privacy.”

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The NRA’s chief lobbyist Chris W. Cox thanked Snyder "for ensuring that law-abiding gun owners are protected from unwarranted scrutiny and discrimination merely for exercising their fundamental, constitutional right to keep and bear arms."

The six-bill package was reportedly a response to a White Plains, New York, newspaper which published a map of gun permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties in 2012.

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The Michigan Press Association was opposed to the legislation, claiming it further restricts press access to government records that are compiled using public money.

"We always oppose closing things the government is in charge of, and they are in charge of this licensing," MPA spokesperson Lisa McGraw told MLive. "If we have a crazy neighbor or somebody stalking us, I think it would be nice to access records and find out if they have a gun."

Sources: Battle Creek Inquirer, MLive