By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press
JACKSON — The Mississippi House has voted to block public access to information about state-issued permits for people to carry concealed weapons.
House Bill 485 passed 101-18 Tuesday. It moves to the Senate for more debate.
The bill’s sponsor is Republican Mark Baker of Brandon, who chairs the Judiciary A Committee. He says he filed it at the request of constituents who were upset that a newspaper in New York published the names and addresses of people who have concealed weapons permits there.
The National Rifle Association supports the bill.
Mississippi Press Association president Jim Prince has said he objects to exempting records from public view.
Democratic Rep. David Myers of McComb raised concerns that people should know if their neighbors have concealed-carry permits.