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Deschutes County Sheriff Larry Blanton says he supports a House Bill that protects gun owners' privacy.  The bill passed in a 24 to 5 vote. It prohibits public agencies from disclosing the names and other private information of concealed weapons license holders. Blanton says many Sheriff's are concerned about identity theft and have worked hard to protect gun owners privacy. "We have about 7000 of them in Deschutes County. I support people’s right to have those guns and to carry them concealed if they are law abiding citizens. We have not had any issues with those permit holders in terms of how they are displayed; and if we do, I'll take their permit.” In 2010, a State Appellate Court decision made information on the concealed carry applications public record. But sheriffs in Oregon have refused to disclose the information.

 

 

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