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Miss. representative wants gun permits private

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(WMC-TV) - As people across the country rush to buy guns before any new gun laws take affect, some Mississippi lawmakers are working to make sure residents can carry them without fear their identities will be made public.

"Concealed carry permits, that information being made available in that form could cause harm to those who carry them," said Miss. State Rep. Mark Baker.

This legislation in Mississippi is in reaction to what happened in New York when a newspaper there published a map with names and addresses of people with permits in that coverage area.

The newspaper had to hire armed guards and received complaints from across the country.

Baker, who represents parts of Rankin and Madison counties, doesn't want other groups to have a chance to do the same.

He's behind house bill 485 which would keep the information private.

"It just opens up a whole new can of worms on people possibly trying to break into your house to get your guns," said Senatobia resident Jennifer Algee.

Other residents want to know who is carrying a gun.

"There are too many people around now that's trigger happy and you never know who is ill and who is not," said Byhalia resident Shirley Taylor.

A similar bill is also moving through the state senate.

The legislators behind both bills anticipate it becoming law.

Mississippi wouldn't be alone, similar legislation is being proposed in other states.

In Mississippi, you don't need a permit to keep a gun in a home or vehicle, only for concealed weapons.

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