Augusta – Maine GOP Chairman Rich Cebra commends Gov. Paul LePage and Republican Legislative Leaders for their swift response in protecting Maine residents with permits to carry concealed firearms. “I asked all Maine people, whether they are registered Republicans, Democrats, Green-Independents or unenrolled, to contact their elected officials in Augusta,” said Chairman Cebra. “The response was overwhelming and decisive!”
The Governor today signed emergency legislation into law approved by the Maine House and Senate that will protect the confidentiality of Maine residents who possess concealed weapon permits. The legislation, L.D. 576, was submitted by Governor Paul LePage after a media outlet requested all Maine police agencies turn over names and addresses on all permit holders in Maine. L.D. 576 is intended to serve as a temporary solution to the concealed weapon permit issue while the Legislature considers a separate bill L.D. 345, submitted by Representative Corey Wilson (R-Augusta) that would make the confidentiality of permit holders permanent. This emergency legislation would only last until April 30, allowing legislators more time to review Rep. Wilson’s legislation in more detail.
Cebra finished by looking to the future, “Republicans in the Maine House of Representatives & Senate stand ready to support Representative Wilson’s bill.” He added, “I am encouraged to witness the ground swell of grassroots support for Maine people who exercise their Second Amendment Rights.”