FOIA may face changes: Proposed bill would give exemption to concealed weapons carriers


CHARLESTON – Currently in West Virginia, the names and addresses of concealed weapons licensees is public information. But a bill introduced to the House of Delegates on Tuesday could change that.

HB2911 proposes to exempt from the Freedom of Information Act records pertaining to the issuance, renewal, expiration, suspension or revocation of a license to carry a concealed weapon, according to the legislation.

Delegate Mike Folk, R-Berkeley, who is the bill’s lead sponsor, said he wrote the legislation in response to a New York newspaper’s decision to publish the names and addresses of area gun owners last year. The newspaper obtained the information by way of New York’s Freedom of Information Law requests, according to media reports.