As a commentor already mentioned below, Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell has advised the State Police to stop releasing the list of the state’s 135,000 concealed weapons permit holders, and the State Police says it will follow the recommendation.
Here’s the lead of Roanoke Times reporter Laurence Hammack’s story, which appeared on the paper’s front page today:
“An editorial writer’s botched attempt to highlight an open record — the list of Virginians licensed to carry a concealed handgun — resulted Friday in the record being closed.”
Pretty well sums it up, huh?
Read the whole story HERE.
This story isn’t over, of course. Next up will be legislative action to try to firm up rules about what is sensitive and what isn’t.