Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in which a gunman shot 20 first graders and 6 educators, the debate has raged over gun control and gun owner rights. Control proponents say get rid of the guns and save lives. Gun rights advocates say outlaw guns and only outlaws will have guns. So the debate continues.
A new law to protect the rights of Mississippi gun owners was recently signed into law. The new law protects the personal information of those who apply to carry concealed weapons.
The vast majority of the records of our government are available for public inspection. That's the law for good reason. Open government and open records are key to the democratic republic in which we live. Citizens should be able inspect just what the government is up to.
But the government keeps personal information on gun permit applicants, tax filers and others. We agree with the new law that keeps that personal information out of the hands of just anyone who asks.
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