Gun permit secrecy bill advances

A House panel Tuesday endorsed a bill that would keep secret names of those with sheriff-issued concealed weapons permits and penalize anyone who released them.

The House and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the measure House Bill 98 and sent it to the full House for consideration.

HB98 sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City, would also allow sheriffs in adjoining parishes to have “reciprocity” agreements allowing a permit issued in one parish to be valid in another. Thompson said “safety guidelines” for concealed weapon permits would have to met.