30 cal **** wrote:Not really, IMO. The subject records are public information. Theyshould be publicly available. But, because of political concerns an authority hasunilaterally decided to use bureaucratic "discretionary authority" to make them totally unavailable to the public.Um, good news for VA CCW'ers, I guess?
Bad precedent. Governments are always trying to keep information from the public. It's the way theyfind best to operate corruptly or against the interestsof the citizenry. The principles in the opinion to be"discretionary"in the release of public information will be applied to other data that the government wants to hide from prying public eyes.
I think the gun rights advocates shot themselves in the foot on this one. Kind of surprising, too, since it is obvious how parallel the principles and aimsof open-record advocates and gun-rights groups are. They use exactly the same logical arguments. And they each have a fundamental validity borne from the creation of this great country.