Umatilla Sheriff Works To Keep Concealed Handgun License Owners Information PrivatePosted: Updated:
UMATILLA COUNTY, Wash. - A debate over concealed handgun licenses continues in Oregon.
When a person applies for a concealed handgun license they provide the Sheriff's Office with all kinds of personal information.
Some groups want the names of people with a license to be public record. The Umatilla Sheriff's Department does not think it should be public record and are making efforts to prevent the names from being released.
If you live in Umatilla County and have a concealed handgun license you will receive a form from the Sheriff's Department. It explains the current situation and asks you if you care if your name is released for public record.
Sheriff John Trumbo is refusing to disclose the names and said that many people get a gun to protect themselves. He feels that their security would be violated if their names were available to the public.
The forms will be sent out the first week of December.
Umatilla County Sheriff Sergeant Sterrim Holcomb said, "The opinion of Sheriff's Office is that the reason why people obtain a concealed weapons license is a security measure be it for security of the themselves or their personal property and there for it is not subject to release as a public record."
Holcomb said by making it public record it also puts people at risk for identity theft.
Now the Sheriff wants to know the opinion of the people who actually have these handguns.
The letters will be sent out the first week of December, you can also get a form online at www.co.umatilla.or.us/sheriff.htm.
You can also come into the Umatilla County Civil Division located at 216 SE 4th Street Pendleton Room #117 and gain a copy of the letter to sign.