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Michigan Senate passes bills to protect privacy of gun owners

LANSING, MI (WTVB) - The Michigan Senate on Thursday passed legislation to protect gun owners’ privacy by making firearms records confidential. Under a trio of bills, those records would not be subject to requests under the Freedom of Information Act and would be available only to law enforcement officials, under certain conditions.

The legislation is a response to the actions of a New York newspaper that last year published the names and personal addresses of gun permit holders in two counties north of New York City. The legislation would ensure that firearms records could only be accessed or disclosed by a peace officer or other authorized individual.

A violation of the law would result in a civil infraction and possibly a $500 civil fine. The bills have been sent to the Michigan House for further consideration.