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Legislative Panel Endorses Maine Weapons Bill
04/04/2013 09:54 AM ET  

The bill would prohibit the public release of information about individuals with concealed-weapons permits in Maine, though some statistical information would be made available.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A bill that would permanently prohibit the public release of information about individual concealed-weapons permit holders in Maine has been endorsed by a legislative panel.

The Legislature's Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 10-3 for an amended version of the measure, which would prohibit the release of permit holders' names, addresses and birth dates. Five of eight Democrats sided with five Republicans to endorse the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Corey Wilson of Augusta.

The amended proposal would permit the release of statistical information, such as the numbers of applications and permits issued, revoked or suspended. The gender and home towns of permit holders would also be public.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Wilson called it a "reasonable compromise.''

The bill was prompted by a newspaper's public records request for the information.



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