The Erie County Sheriff's office says it's trying to comply with the state's conceal carry law.
But experts say the sheriff is breaking it.
The county filed a lawsuit in March asking a judge to determine whether the law required the sheriff to release the names of all individuals who have been granted a permit from the sheriff to carry a concealed weapon.
But David Marburger, a public records expert and an attorney who represents the Ohio Newspaper Association, called the lawsuit "garbage" and said the sheriff and the prosecutor's office are abusing their power.
"You can't force citizens who make public records requests to defend lawsuits," he said.
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