Maine: Temporary Concealed Handgun Permit Confidentiality Legislation Enacted Today
Posted on February 19, 2013
Today, state Senate and House Republican leadership held a press conference to challenge recent requests by the Bangor Daily News to obtain personal information on all Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) holders in Maine.
The Westchester County Journal News recently published online the names and addresses of New York gun permit holders in Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties using an interactive map. "Red dots" show where licensed pistol or revolver owners live and "blue dots" mark the residence of those who have purchased a firearm or updated the information on a permit in the past five years. This dangerous release of personal data provides valuable information to criminals intent on stealing legal firearms. This is a clear case of harassment and a thinly veiled attempt to dissuade gun owners from seeking gun permits.