- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Public Information Board says Iowa’s executive branch can keep secret a review of the way major handgun contracts were awarded.

The board accepted staff’s recommendation Thursday to reject a complaint by The Associated Press, which had sought the information since May. The board says the Department of Public Safety could have responded quicker, but is justified in withholding records.

At issue is the public’s right to know more about contracts with Smith & Wesson to supply firearms to state officers. Hundreds of guns were returned after the agency alleged they were defective. The department hired two retired agents to review the purchasing process surrounding the contracts. The AP sought their findings.

Assistant attorney general Jeff Peterzalek argued the findings are an attorney-work product because he directed their investigation.



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