Lund on Publication of Concealed Weapon Permit Information
Amid the controversy surrounding media decisions to publish concealed weapon permit holders' personal information, Professor Nelson Lund stated that "Every time anyone has looked into this, they have found extraordinarily low levels of misuse of firearms by concealed-carry holders." Speaking to the Roanoke Times, Lund pointed out that a resident of Virginia must pass a criminal background check and a firearm training course before obtaining court permission to carry a concealed handgun.
Virginia is one of 17 states that consider concealed-handgun permits to be a matter of public record; however, a growing number of states have passed laws removing or restricting disclosure of that information.
Should Gun Data Lists be Muzzled?, The Roanoke Times,March 18, 2007. By Laurence Hammack.
"Another reason why outrage peaked in Roanoke might be a line in Trejbal's column in which he noted that Virginia does not take the same pains to list gun owners online as it does for convicted sex offenders.
"'Concealed handgun permit holders and sex offenders????,' wrote one poster, identified only as 'vashooter.'
"'Your [sic] a class act, way to abuse the first amendment while trying to strip us of the second.'
"Before a Virginia resident obtains court permission to carry a concealed handgun, he or she must pass a criminal background check and a firearm training course. That should debunk the implication that concealed handgun carriers are an inherent risk to society and need to be monitored, said Nelson Lund, a George Mason University law professor who specializes in gun issues.
"'Every time anyone has looked into this, they have found extraordinarily low levels of misuse of firearms by concealed-carry holders,' Lund said."