The Bangor Daily News is requesting the names and addresses of every single CCW permit holder in Maine under the Freedom of Information Act. Legislation has been introduced to make those records secret. From Fox News:
Gov. Paul LePage released a statement saying, “If newspapers would like to know who has concealed weapons permits, then they should know the Governor has his.”
LePage said he’s concerned the Bangor newspaper’s request “will incite fear among gun owners and non-gun owners alike regarding their safety. There is no reason why these records should be public and I encourage the Legislature to act quickly to make this personal information confidential.”
For their part, the Bangor Daily News issued a statement saying that they have no intention of publishing those records. Rather, they are doing “long term reporting” regarding domestic violence, drug abuse, and sexual assault.
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