AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage has signed an emergency measure to temporarily keep confidential the names of Maine residents with permits to carry concealed guns.
The governor signed the measure soon after final House and Senate votes Tuesday. The bill was submitted by LePage, a Republican, and sponsored by Democratic Senate Assistant Majority Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash and Democratic House Assistant Majority Leader Jeff McCabe of Skowhegan.
It comes up days after a Bangor newspaper issued a request for the names last week. The Bangor Daily News later dropped its request.
The emergency measure would only last until April 30, allowing lawmakers more time to consider releases of permit data in more depth.
Lawmakers said their action shows they can work in a bipartisan fashion.
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