April 19, 2013

U.S. Senate backs penalty if gun-owner data released

Maine's Republican Sen. Susan Collins supported the amendment while independent Sen. Angus King opposed it.

By Kevin Miller kmiller@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

WASHINGTON – The Senate endorsed a little-noticed proposal Thursday that would penalize states and communities that release "private information" about gun owners, including the type of data on concealed-handgun permits that's at the center of a debate in the Maine Legislature.

The 67-30 vote approving the plan to protect information about gun owners came a day after the Senate rejected a series of gun control measures sought by the White House and advocates for stronger gun laws in response to December's school shootings in Connecticut.

Maine's Republican Sen. Susan Collins supported the amendment while independent Sen. Angus King opposed it. A spokesman for King’s office added Friday that the senator supports efforts to protect the privacy of concealed-weapons permit holders in Maine but that he voted against the proposal because he believes individual states – not Congress – should make that policy decision.

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