Republican Assemblymen Dan Logue, who represents Nevada County as part of California’s Third State Assembly district, and Allan Mansoor, R-Costa Mesa, have pushed a bill to ban counties from making public the telephone numbers and addresses of people holding or applying for concealed weapons permits.
“I am a supporter of the Second Amendment, public safety and people’s privacy,” Logue said in a statement. “This bill creates a perfect union of responsible gun ownership, protection of people’s private information and allowing public safety officials to have the tools they need to keep the public safe.”
Logue said he introduced the bill in light of the recent public disclosure and publishing of the names and addresses of law-abiding gun owners in New York. He said the bill would protect the private information of permitted Californians to carry concealed weapons, as well as applicants.
Assembly Bill 134 would prohibit the release of personally identifying information, such as phone numbers or addresses of concealed carry weapons permit holders and applicants. The only information that would be allowed would be the name of a person with a permit.
This protection is already in law for officials, such as judges and peace officers. The information would still be accessible by officials, such as district attorneys, law enforcement and courts.
“This is a common-sense measure to ensure that no one is put in harm’s way,” Logue added. “This bill not only affords important protections to responsible gun owners but also serves to protect neighbors who might become targets of crime based upon the assumption that their homes are unprotected.”
AB 134 will receive its first hearing in the Assembly Public Safety Committee likely in March.