The National Rifle Association on Tuesday praised new Michigan laws formally exempting gun records from public disclosure rules.

Chris W. Cox of the NRA’s institute for legislative action thanked legislators and Gov. Rick Snyder “for ensuring that law-abiding gun owners are protected from unwarranted scrutiny and discrimination merely for exercising their fundamental, constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

Many gun records were already inaccessible through Freedom of Information Act requests in Michigan. The state Supreme Court, in a 1999 opinion, held that disclosing gun registration records of private citizens would be an “unwarranted invasion of privacy,” but the case law had not been codified in state statute.

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