Maine passes emergency act to prevent release of concealed-carry permit holder names
By Greg Janetka
AUGUSTA, Maine: Wasting no time, the Maine State Legislature approved an emergency measure this week to prevent the release of the names of state residents who have permits to carry concealed guns. Gov. Paul LePage (R) submitted the bill on February 15. As an emergency act it took effect immediately upon passage.
The bill was a response to the move by The Bangor Daily News to request the names of permit holders through Maine's Freedom of Access law; requests which were quickly dropped.
The governor praised legislators for their quick, bipartisan action. Under the measure, a moratorium is placed on releases of concealed weapons data until April 30. A bill to permanently close access to the records has been introduced by Rep. Corey Wilson (R).
- The Wall Street Journal, "Maine governor signs concealed-carry measure," February 19, 2013
- FOX News, "Maine governor seeks emergency block on release of gun permit data," February 16, 2013
- Bangor Daily News, "Bangor committee backs legislation to make concealed carry permits confidential," February 20, 2013