A New York newspaper’s decision to publish the names and addresses of concealed-weapon permit-holders has prompted an Augusta lawmaker to file a bill to prevent that from happening in Maine.

Freshman Rep. Corey Wilson, R-Augusta, has submitted a bill that would make information contained in concealed-carry permits — such as names, addresses and dates of birth — confidential. It would also make it illegal for the media or others with access to that information to disseminate it.

Wilson said those who carry concealed weapons are typically law-abiding citizens who have had to pass background checks.

“I just couldn’t think of any good reason for why this should be publicly available,” Wilson said. “It makes it easy for criminals to identify where the guns are.”

Read more at The Portland Press Herald

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