Public barred from list of concealed weapons permits in South Carolina

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Governor Mark Sanford has signed into law a measure barring public access to the names of people who are allowed to carry concealed weapons in South Carolina.

The new law took effect Wednesday.

It exempts the identities of permit holders from what's available through the Freedom of Information Act and grants access only to law enforcement or through a court order.

Gun enthusiasts say publishing the gun owners' names violates their privacy.

Open government advocates argued unsuccessfully that the government should never issue licenses in secret.

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