AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Desperate appeals from some lawmakers have failed to persuade the Maine House to preserve as open records names and other personal information on concealed weapons permits.
Representatives voted 114-33 Thursday to make that information, which until recently was open for public review under the state's Freedom of Access law, confidential.
Democratic Rep. Charles Priest of Brunswick warned that the bill weakens Maine's open records law. But supporters of the bill said it protects the privacy of law-abiding gun owners.
Independent Rep. James Campbell of Newfield had a different take on the issue. Campbell suggested that Maine go the way of Vermont and not have concealed weapons permits at all. Campbell also said he holds concealed weapons permits in Maine and New Hampshire.
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