Don’t make names of permit holders public

Published 9:05 am Wednesday, January 20, 2010

To the Editor:

This is in response to the story about concealed weapons (“Concealed guns: Right to privacy vs. right to know,” Friday, Jan. 15).

I support the Delegate R. Lee Ware, R-Powhatan, bill. It’s funny how we can’t get the government to be open on things we need to know that they are up to, but when it comes to taking away our rights, safety and freedoms, they are all about that, especially with this new administration and liberals today.

The Virginia Coalition for Open Government and the Virginia Press Association only want power over people. There is not one good reason for keeping the information public.

Nothing good can be come of it. All it does is aid criminals in their hunt for crime. It’s just more corrupt politics, which is all we get today from the White House on down to our local government.

The reasons they give do not hold water because there are plenty of laws and background checks and procedures to make sure the wrong people do not get permits if the state and federal agents are doing their jobs. All law-abiding

U.S. citizens should carry concealed weapons, or if you don’t have a permit, the Second Amendment (America’s original Homeland Security) allows you to carry one openly.

Mark Whaley