Fury Over Bangor Daily Records Request

AUGUSTA -- Governor Paul LePage (R - Maine), lawmakers, and everyday Mainers are all speaking out, after a controversial request by a major newspaper.
 
The Bangor Daily News has asked police departments and sheriff's offices statewide for lists of Mainers with registered concealed weapons -- asking for the names, addresses, and dates of birth of all "concealed-carry" permit holders.
 
This move has already prompted an emergency, Republican-led bill to make that information private.
And it's already drawing bipartisan support.
 
"It's time to stop harassing law-abiding gun owners and start implementing common-sense measures to ensure the safety and protect the constitutional rights of Maine people," said Rep. Ken Fredette (R - Newport), the House minority leader, at a Thursday news conference.
 
"There are definitely folks that have a concealed weapons permit, that for many different reasons their name, their address, their information should not be released to the public, should not be released in any sort of media release," said House majority whip Rep. Jeff McCabe (D - Skowhegan).
 
Meanwhile, Gov. LePage also weighed in on the matter.
 
"If newspapers would like to know who has concealed weapons permits, then they should know the governor has his," the governor said in a statement, Thursday. "I have serious concerns that BDN's request will incite fear among gun owners and non-gun owners alike regarding their safety ... I encourage the Legislature to act quickly to make this personal information confidential."
 
FOX Bangor's calls to the BDN went unreturned, Thursday.
 
Check back for more updates, as this story develops.

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