G. Colby: Privacy and the Second Amendment

I am very disappointed that state Sen. John Cleveland voted against my right to privacy in the exercise of my Second Amendment rights.

Late last month, Cleveland was one of only eight Maine senators to vote against LD 345, "An Act To Ensure the Confidentiality of Concealed Weapons Permit Holder Information." That was a bi-partisan bill that protects the privacy rights of gun owners. The need for such a bill was highlighted when the Bangor Daily News recently requested the names of every Maine citizen with a concealed-carry permit.

Should the government have given my personal concealed-carry permit information over to the Bangor Daily News so it could publish it in that newspaper? Apparently Cleveland thinks the answer is “yes.”

With 24 senators from both parties voting in support of that common-sense bill to protect gun privacy, only the most severely anti-gun senators voted against it. Cleveland stood with gun-grabbers such as Justin Alfond (who sponsored legislation to ban certain gun magazines) and Margaret Craven (who sponsored legislation to ban certain semi-automatic rifles).

When Cleveland votes his anti-gun agenda, he should remember the rural communities that he represents, where many people value their right to bear arms.

I will never vote for anyone to represent me in Augusta who will not protect my Second Amendment rights.

November 2014 cannot come soon enough.

George Colby, New Gloucester

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Jason Theriault's picture


This argument reminds me of a quote from star wars:
"So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause. "

Or maybe you would prefer Ben Franklin:
"Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither."

You just gave up a check on the government gleefully, singing songs about "Well armed militias" and protecting our liberties. I hate to break it to you, but this is how the government takes away your liberties.

Not that I care on this issue really. I'm not a big fan of concealed weapons.

But this is how you start to get rid of them. Now you may say "The Government is going to release statistics." Sure, and I bet they will be 100% accurate, just like everything else in Government. I mean, they wouldn't make a miscalculation*cough* *cough*Mainecare*cough* *cough* or ever intentionally target the opposition *cough**cough*IRS*cough**cough*

Yup, everything should work out fine.

RONALD RIML's picture

Poor George......

You wanna be a 'Gun Nut?' Fine....

But we 'Sane People' have a right to know who the hell you nuts packin' concealed are.

So deal with it.......

Noel Foss's picture

Sanity's a matter of perspective

Some people probably think it's crazy to worry about who's got a permit to carry, rather than worrying about the people who don't but carry anyhow.

RONALD RIML's picture

I'm concerned about ALL who carry.......

I've seen too damn many folks with too damn many bullet holes in them.

Noel Foss's picture

"Too many" being "one or more" eh?

Be that as it may, it doesn't mean that everyone who has a CCW permit is a "nut"
But we've been down this road before, I don't see the point in another passage to deepen the ruts.
I'm curious about your take on this story, though. I don't know any lawyers to ask, but when you were a cop did you ever see this happen?


RONALD RIML's picture

Quite common for witnesses to get cold feet......

for one reason or another.

You've got to bear in mind that many of these folks get involved in crap with each other with neither being 'pure as the driven snow.' Then when it gets down to testifying - someone gets cold feet - though there are ways of compelling testimony. 'Except' - when that person would end up admitting to be complicit to committing crime themselves - hence - the 5th Amendment exception. Now the District Attorney could grant immunity from prosecution - in which case there no longer is any legal jeopardy - but evidently all involved in this case thought he should keep his mouth shut.

This is a fairly uncommon exception in my experience.

Noel Foss's picture


Ha! I didn't really expect anybody who got themselves stabbed with a barbecue fork by a "friend" to be as clean as fresh precipitation, but I do appreciate the insight.

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The bill that passed was a good compromise,

but its obvious from some of these comments too few Mainers know what their 2nd Amendment or 1st Amendment for that matter rights really are.
Anyone who gets a license or permit from any governmental agency at any level is a public act not a private one. There is some expectation of privacy, but a very limited one. Remember these are the same people complaining about corruption in government and sweetheart deals; they want complete transparency of any governmental action except ones that affect themselves.

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...the good senator was defending First Amendment rights.


How so? The First Amendment gives you the right to access private information about how people exercise their Second Amendment rights? I've read the First Amendment, and I fail to see that anywhere.

Your argument does not pass the straight face test.

The Constitution is our permit

George is right. This is not the government's information to share. This is private information they shouldn't even necessarily have in the first place.

We shouldn't need a concealed carry permit to exercise our Constitutionally-protected rights. The Constitution is our permit.

RONALD RIML's picture

You keep thinking the 'Constitution is your Permit'

When you're spread-eagle'd up against the wall and the cops are friskin' your dumb butt.......

BTDT, locked idiots up for 'Unlawful Use of a Weapon' and confiscated their Firearms.....

PAUL MATTSON's picture

Outstanding editorial!

Outstanding editorial!

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"I don't want anyone to know I have a gun."
"Hey everybody, I have a gun!"

You Miss the Point

Its one thing for someone to volunteer private information about themselves. It is another thing for the government to make that decision for us.

RONALD RIML's picture

"Crickets" - Mr. Brakey.....

Did you sign that check that Uncle Sam could cash with your life??

Yes or No??

No response

Ronald, your comments are simultaneously incoherent, disparaging, gratuitous, and rude. I will not engage in debate with people who simply want to roll around in the mud.

RONALD RIML's picture

'Defense of Liberty' just so there is no sacrifice.

I know your type, Eric

RONALD RIML's picture

So you want to play with guns but not risk your life

for your country.

Figures........ Leave it to others.

RONALD RIML's picture

Didn't you get enough 'Carrying a Firearm' in the Military?

or did you miss that experience in life.........


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