House Panel Approves Bill Keeping Gun Records Private

A view inside the House Chambers at the Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa. (Steve Pope/Freelance)

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By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gun permit records would be kept private under a bill that has cleared a state House committee.

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved the measure, which would make the name, address and other personal information on gun permit records private.

The records of people seeking to buy or carry guns now is public in Iowa.

The issue came up after a suburban New York City newspaper published an interactive online map listing the names and addresses of thousands of permit holders.

Republican Rep. Matt Windschitl, of Missouri Valley, says the bill would protect Iowans who don't own guns from criminals who could seek the information and then target them.

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