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Bill Would Seal Handgun Permit Records — Except for Political Purposes and Lobbying

By Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An effort to seal Tennessee’s handgun carry permit records from public scrutiny would create an exception for political operatives and lobbying groups to still obtain the entire set of names and addresses.
Republican Sen. Ferrell Haile of Gallatin told the Senate Judiciary Committee this week that his bill is an effort to block the publication of handgun carry permit records on newspaper websites.
“We’re not trying to keep it where it’s not usable, but we want to keep it from being published,” he said.
Political operatives and advocacy groups want to be able to obtain the names and addresses of all 398,000 handgun carry permit holders so they can target them for fundraising and campaign mailings.
Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, said he ran into similar issues when he tried to pass similar legislation years ago.
“My biggest resistance came from members of my own party for this provision, who wanted to continue using it for political purposes,” he said.

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Ramsey Use of State Email For Political Purposes ‘Unintentional’

When Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey proclaimed his support for Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the Republican presidential contest Wednesday, the news release announcement was sent through the state government’s email system by a state employee.
Adam Kleinheider, Ramsey’s press secretary, said that he made the mistake of sending the news release on the Senate speaker’s support of Perry to a list of state government contacts, including media.
“That was a disregard of policy on my part and unintentional,” he said when contacted by a reporter. “I’m still semi-new at this.”
Kleinheider said he wrote the news release on his own time, while on a break from his duties in Ramsey’s office. It was intended for distribution to a separate “political list” that Ramsey maintains, he said.
State law prohibits the use of state-owned equipment and state email for political purposes and in general bans state employees from engaging in political activities while at work.
Kleinheider subsequently sent the same news release out — without his name or state phone number — through a separate email service that credited the release to Ramsey’s Senate campaign, giving an address in the lieutenant governor’s hometown of Blountville.
(Note: Below is a cut-and-past of the original email, including headline and contact information.)

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