Virginia conservative offers solution to bureaucratic nightmare regarding concealed weapons

A conservative Virginia lawmaker is proposing a solution to a potential bureaucratic nightmare created after lawmakers passed legislation this year to keep private the identities of people seeking concealed weapons permits.

Delegate L. Scott Lingamfelter has introduced a bill that would keep information from permits issued before July 1, 2008, open to the public — a response to court clerks who said the law would have resulted in the logistical nightmare of trying to find ways to physically remove information from old indexes and paper record books.

In more recent years, the information has been maintained electronically, making it easier to shield in compliance with the law.

Mr. Lingamfelter, Prince William Republican, said his bill addresses a “manpower issue” that will have no effect on the state’s gun laws.

“If it hurt the Second Amendment, I wouldn’t be carrying it,” he said.

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