Do you have your concealed carry permit? Do you care if journalist have access to the names of CCW permit holders? According to the Cincinnati Enquirer:
A proposed state law says concealed-carry license holders who fear a criminal attack can limit access to their names by journalists.
House Bill 347 also would allow people to shoot from cars or boats in self-defense, repeal a requirement that weapons be in plain sight in cars, reduce penalties for placing a weapon under a car seat and strike any local laws restricting the sale and possession of firearms.
During a House hearing on the bill last week, the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, in written testimony from its legislative counsel, John Gilchrist, questioned the proposed elimination of access to gun license details by news organizations. Gilchrist argued for broader public access.
"The association believes that instead of denying access to journalists, the legislature should make CCW (concealed-carry weapon) licensee records open to the public," Gilchrist said. "Open records would allow citizens to review a gun incident and then determine if a licensee was involved. In this way, we can determine statistically if the CCW law has indeed made Ohio a safer place as proponents contend."
Without such information, he said, the public and press are unable to check how well the law is working.
Proponents of House Bill 347 argue some newspapers have been reckless in reporting permitholder names and that publishing details invites the theft of weapons from homes or cars. (source)
I've been meaning to get my permit, but haven't set aside time to do so. I'm going to do it this week. I'll blog all about the process. It should be fun. Oh, I don't care if journalists have access to the fact that I've received a permit. These records should be public. Hell, voting records are public, why not these?