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Privatized gun registration has backing of House lawmakers

Kathryn Haake Associated Press

BOISE – Idaho Republicans are backing a measure that would exempt the acquisition of sawed off shotguns, machine guns and silencers from public records request.

The measure passed through the House State Affairs Committee Monday in a 13-4 vote along party lines.

Under the proposed legislation, registration documents filed with a local law enforcement agency for weapons identified in the National Firearms Act would be kept private.

Republican Rep. Caroline Troy says new federal regulations will require people and businesses to release more personal information.

She says House Bill 478 is necessary to protect such personal information of those acquiring weapons and would also protect such individuals and businesses from burglary.

The bill was met with opposition from House Democrats, who said it created community safety concerns.

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