Politics

April 4, 2013

Bar public from concealed-guns data, Maine panel says

By Michael Shepherd mshepherd@mainetoday.com
State House Bureau

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Opponents of blocking access to permit information included the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and the Maine Press Association, a trade group that includes the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel.

A poll released Wednesday suggested the public is deeply divided on the issue.

Pan Atlantic SMS Group polled 403 Maine residents and found that nearly 49 percent supported keeping permit information public, while more than 47 percent were opposed. Nearly 5 percent were undecided.

The poll's margin of error is nearly 5 percent. 

Nearly 44 percent of those polled in Maine's rural 2nd Congressional District supported keeping information public, compared with nearly 54 percent in the more urban 1st Congressional District.

"If you're living in the city and the police are two minutes away, the concerns about safety are not as dramatic as the guy living in rural Maine who has to wait a half-hour," said David Trahan, executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine.

If the bill is supported by two-thirds majorities in each house, it would take effect May 1. If supported by simple majorities, it would take effect 90 days after passage.

State House Bureau Writer Michael Shepherd can be contacted at 620-7015 or at:

mshepherd@mainetoday.com

On Twitter: @mikeshepherdme 

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