(AP) Maine Republican lawmakers expressed outrage Thursday over a newspaper's request of police agencies across the state for their lists of concealed-weapons permit holders, but the paper said it never had any intention of identifying anyone on the lists.
The Bangor Daily News has invoked Maine's Freedom of Access Act in asking police to release the information, a request police said they appear to be obliged to fulfill under state law. The newspaper's request came two months after a suburban New York City newspaper published an interactive map with the names and addresses of thousands of permit holders.
"I'm surprised a Maine newspaper would lower itself to make such a request," said Rep. Gary Plummer of Windham, who joined other Republicans, including the permit-holding governor, in asking Thursday for quick action on a bill to outlaw the release of publishing the names and addresses of concealed-weapons permit holders.
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