The Senate approved a gun permit measure, 44 4. The bill, which came up after months of quiet negotiations among key lawmakers, overhauls the system for issuing permits to carry concealed weapons. It requires that sheriffs give a reason if they deny a permit and make such decisions based on consistent state guidelines. Backers of the plan want to change a system that now varies from county to county and allows sheriffs to reject permit requests without giving a reason.
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