Governor signs Casperson bill protecting gun owners’ privacy

LANSING, Mich.—Delta County Gun Owners Association President Bob Petersen (left) and Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, look on Tuesday as Gov. Rick Snyder signs Senate Bill 49.

The bill, authored by Sen. Tom Casperson, amends the handgun licensure law to specify that firearms records will be confidential, will not be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and cannot be accessed except for certain law enforcement purposes.

“This is a step in the right direction for the privacy of gun owners,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba. “This closes a loophole so that personal information cannot be released in Michigan as it has been in other states. Such disclosure is not only a threat to public safety and an invasion of privacy, but it serves no legitimate public service.”

Peterson said, “Delta County gun owners believe this is sound legislation. It will protect gun owners and ensure abuse of our constitutional rights does not occur. We would like to thank Senator Casperson, Governor Snyder and all the legislators who were involved in this legislation.”