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UPDATE: Maine Senate, House OK Concealed-Carry Measure
02/19/2013 01:42 PM ET  

The preliminary votes today set up the bill, which would temporarily keep confidential the names of Maine residents with concealed carry permits, up for final approval.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The Maine House and Senate have both approved with minimal discussion an emergency measure to temporarily keep confidential the names of Maine residents with permits to carry concealed guns.

The preliminary votes Tuesday set the bill up for final approval. The bill was submitted by Republican Gov. Paul LePage and sponsored by Democratic Senate Assistant Majority Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash and Democratic House Assistant Majority Leader Jeff McCabe of Skowhegan.

It comes up days after a Bangor newspaper issued a request for the names last week. The Bangor Daily News later dropped its request.

The emergency measure would only last until April 30, allowing lawmakers more time to consider releases of permit data in more depth.

The bill requires two-thirds support in both chambers to pass.


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