proposes closing records
, R-Cottontown, hopes to achieve with House Bill 9, but critics say it threatens an individual's right to access public records.
Lamberth, an attorney and former Sumner prosecutor, said keeping such records open to the public puts a bull's eye on the homes of handgun carriers for potential burglaries.
"Guns are one of the top items burglars are looking for when they break into your home," he
said thieves generally wait until people leave their homes to break in and go after their valuables, often looking for guns.
"I had a number of cases, where burglars admitted that's what they were looking for," Lamberth said, who worked in the Sumner County District Attorney's Office for eight years until he ran for the District 44 seat, which he was elected to in November.
, who claims to be a strong advocate of transparent government, said he
would open records to law enforcement and possibly other organizations as long as the private information, such as home addresses, of handgun carriers remained protected.
"I don't want someone who is a felon, mentally disturbed or has been convicted of a domestic assault to have a gun," he
"I see this bill as filed as a starting point, and I'm open to discussion.
This is why I filed the bill this early."
filed the legislation after a The Journal News
of White Plains, N.Y., published maps with the home addresses of New York residents with handgun permits following the mass shooting of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School
in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14.
While the newspaper eventually removed the data, the possibility that a similar scenario could play out in Tennessee prompted at least one local resident to call Lamberth
"The criminal could zoom in on a house on their phone," he
bill has a better chance to pass this time around because improved technology now presents a higher threat for records leaking into wrong hands.