HARRISONBURG, Va.---The Washington Post reports the Republican Party of Virginia asked to obtain information about concealed weapons permit holders before the data is sealed on July 1.
State Senator Mark Obenshain (R-Virginia) sponsored a bill to keep these records private. According to The Washington Post, the Republican Party requested information like names, addresses, and other information.
James Madison University Political Science Professor Bob Roberts said this could bring negative publicity to the party. He said the GOP has already made headlines with controversial comments from the candidate for Lieutenant Governor E.W. Jackson. Therefore, this move could potentially hurt the image of the party.
He said it is not surprising from a political stand point because this information could help Republicans reach some voters, but it could bring a cost with it.
"From a practical point of view it is worth for Republicans to do it, from a PR sense it's going to be an embarrassment to the party because it's going to be hard to explain why you don't want other people to get it but you can use it," said Roberts.
Roberts said Democrats may use this negative press to draw in more voters to their side.
The president from pro-gun group Virginia Citizens Defense leaked the information about the GOP requests.
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