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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas House has approved a proposal to make secret the list of about 130,000 residents to carry concealed weapons.

    Lawmakers voted 84-3 on Tuesday to approve the measure to exempt the concealed carry permit list from Arkansas' Freedom of Information Act.

    Arkansas media organizations had opposed the change, arguing that it would undermine a 2009 compromise lawmakers approved to restrict access for some - but not all - information about the permits. Current law allows the state to release only the names and ZIP codes of permit holders.

    After passing the Senate earlier this month, the measure now heads to Gov. Mike Beebe. The Democrat told reporters on Tuesday before that vote that he didn't support the bill but declined to say whether he would veto it.

    (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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