Sheriff Carl Nace is defending himself against a lawsuit by county auditors seeking personal information about concealed carry holders within his jurisdiction of Perry County, Pennsylvania.
State law holds that all information for a license to carry a firearm is confidential and free from public release.
The county auditors, however, maintain they are exempt from this, and they want the names and addresses of local permit holders to crosscheck and verify permits issued and money paid with the individual to whom the records indicate the permit was issued.
“The Sheriff contends that he is restricted from releasing the info by a provision of the Uniform Firearms Act that prohibits release of the information ‘to the public,” the auditor’s attorney Craig J. Staudenmaier said in a statement.
“The Auditors are not ‘the public.’ We disagree that this provision prohibits him from providing the requested information to the auditors,” Staudenmaier said.