Gun Records Exempted From Freedom Of Information Act In Michigan

Jun 25, 2014

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws exempting gun records from the state's Freedom of Information Act.

The legislation signed Tuesday codifies a 1999 Michigan Supreme Court decision that found disclosure of gun registry records to be an invasion of privacy. The information will still be available to law enforcement officials for certain purposes, though there are new restrictions on when police can access the records.

 A log of who accessed the records and the reason for doing so also is now required by the new laws.

Michigan lawmakers introduced the legislation backed by the National Rifle Association after a New York newspaper published the names and addresses of gun owners in two counties in 2012.