Iowa House OK's Bill to Keep Gun Permits Private

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

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa House has shown overwhelming support for a bill that would keep public information on gun permits confidential.

Lawmakers approved the measure Monday by a landslide 95-3 vote. The bill would make identifiable information private, though law enforcement would still have access to them.

Bill sponsor Rep. Matt Windschitl, a Republican from Missouri Valley, says the records are a safety hazard because criminals can target homes without firearms.

Records showing gun permit data is currently public information in Iowa.

The state Department of Public Safety says more than 148,000 permits have been issued through 2012 that allows people to carry a firearm. Statewide data on handgun permits was not available.

The bill now moves to the Senate.
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