North Carolina sheriffs wage fight over gun records

From Charlotte Observer:

As North Carolina legislators move to close public access to firearm permits, some sheriffs are already refusing to hand over the records.
Following a public showdown with the sheriff in Cherokee County, a local newspaper editor quit last week after his records request – which was denied – made him the target of death threats. The county has the state’s highest rate of concealed-handgun permits.
In Gaston County, Sheriff Alan Cloninger responded Friday to a newspaper’s request for gun-permit records by withholding names and addresses of permit holders.
Legislators in 10 of the 12 states where such records are now accessible, including North Carolina, have introduced measures to close them, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press reports. The Arlington, Va., nonprofit counts 28 states that don’t make gun records public and 10 states where access is limited.

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