Court hands gun permit holders win in privacy violation suit

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania appeals court is reviving a lawsuit by four people with permits to carry concealed weapons who argue the sheriff shouldn’t be sending notices about their permits by postcards without envelopes.

A three-judge Commonwealth Court panel on Friday said a county judge in Chambersburg should not have thrown out the complaint by three men and a woman over the use of postcards to inform people about approvals, denials, revocations and renewals.

The decision says the confidentiality provisions in the Uniform Firearms Act allow concealed carry license applicants’ information to be disclosed only to courts or criminal justice agencies.

The lawyer for the licensees says violations carry civil damages of $1,000 per occurrence, plus legal fees.

Messages left for the county’s lawyers weren’t immediately returned.

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