SACRAMENTO, Calif. -
A California lawmaker has introduced a bill that protects the privacy of law abiding citizens who own guns.
Republican assemblymember Dan Logue of Chico says the legislation would keep addresses and numbers of concealed weapon permit holders from the general public.
Right now, gun permit holders’ personal information is available in county sheriff's offices and local police departments.
Last month, the names and addresses of 44,000 gun permit holders were published in a New York newspaper.
Logue says that public information led to a home invasion of a 70-year old man with intent to steal his firearm.
He hopes to prevent law abiding California gun owners to be put in the same kind of danger.
Right now, the addresses and names of judges and law enforcement officers are kept confidential. Assemblymember Logue wants responsible gun owners to be given the same privacy.
If the bill passes, the only information made available would be the name of the person and the permit.
However, names and addresses of gun permit owners would still be available to district attorneys, law enforcement officials and the court system. Logue believes the bill will protect responsible gun owners from being ostracized or demonized for simply exercising their second amendment right to bear arms.
The new legislation is expected to go to a first hearing in the assembly public safety committee in March.