Legislation protects privacy of gun owners — Casperson

LANSING?-Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws exempting gun records from the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

The information will still be available to law enforcement officials for certain purposes, though there are new restrictions on when police can access the records. A log of who accessed the records and the reason for doing so also is now required by the new laws.

“This is a step in the right direction for the privacy of gun owners,” said State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, who authored Senate Bill 49 to amend the handgun licensure law.

“This closes a loophole so that personal information cannot be released in Michigan as it has been in other states. Such disclosure is not only a threat to public safety and an invasion of privacy, but it serves no legitimate public service,” Casperson said.

“Delta County gun owners believe this is sound legislation,” said Bob Petersen, Delta County Gun Owners Association president. “It will protect gun owners and ensure abuse of our constitutional rights does not occur. We would like to thank Senator Casperson, Governor Snyder and all the legislators who were involved in this legislation.”