Sunday, May 19, 2013
Letter to the Editor
Rep. Brian Jones, D-Freedom, recently voted against the temporary ban on releasing the names of concealed weapon permit holders.
I was very disappointed. As a hunter and supporter of gun rights, it is unbelievable that my representative, who represents rural small towns, would vote against the interests of his own constituents.
Not only does the U.S. Constitution protect those rights, but our state Constitution says that every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.
Jones was one of only 11 legislators to oppose shielding the names of law-abiding citizens and prevent their being released to newspapers and the public.
This is not a Democrat or Republican issue; this is an American issue. The excuse given is that it is public information and newspapers have the right to publish the list of names.
I wonder if Jones would support publishing the lists of names of welfare recipients in Waldo County.
David A. Parkman