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Senate committee hears new gun measures

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BATON ROUGE- A law that would add penalties to anyone who publishes or releases the names of people with concealed carry gun permits got some backing at the Capitol today.

The Senate Judicary Committee C voted favorably on HB 8 by Rep. Jeff Thompson (R) of Bossier City.

"If there's an intent to go around existing laws to publish that type of information, there should be penalties for that behavior," said Thompson.

News agencies think the bill infringes on first amendment rights.

"The issue to me is not the list of concealed carry permit holders, but it's the criminalization and publication of information," said Carl Redman, executive editor at The Advocate.

The committee also moved favorably on a bill that would allow people to apply for a lifetime concealed carry gun permit.

The author says it would alleviate some strain on State Police, who have to deal with renewals every five years.

Both bills will move on to the Senate floor.


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