Firearm Policies, Procedures & Guidelines (Office of the Attorney General - Maine)

Caroline Curtis filed this request with the Office of the Attorney General - Maine of Maine.
Due July 1, 2016
Est. Completion None
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From: Caroline Curtis

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Maine Freedom of Access Act ("FOAA"), I hereby request the following records:

Any and all policies, procedures, directives, memorandums, and any other guiding materials regarding matters pertaining to firearm acquisition, licensure, use, and transfer, including, but not limited to, the following:
• policies and procedures on the issuance of firearms permits and licenses. (Please note that this point is not a request for the identities of individual permit or license holders, but, rather, is a request for governmental policies and parameters regarding the process and regulations by which one may obtain either a permit or a license. If separate strictures exist for each, provision of both would be greatly appreciated.)
• policies and procedures on the revocation of firearms permits and licenses.
• any and all available policies and procedures regarding local firearms policies. Please provide all such materials that alter or supplement departmental procedures.
• policies and procedures regarding the sale and purchase of firearms. Please include all materials regarding the appropriate qualifications for the sale or purchase of firearms. Please include materials for particular venues, if available, including but not limited to the sale and purchase of firearms at gun shows.
• policies and procedures regarding the transfer, either out-of-state or between individuals, of firearms.
Please include all available segregable data.
Please also provide all available data, statistics, or reports regarding matters pertaining to gun acquisition, licensure, use, and transfer, including, but not limited to, the following:
• the issuance of firearms permits and licenses.
• the revocation of firearms permits and licenses.
• incidents involving the use of a firearm.
• the sale and purchase of firearms.
• the transfer, either out-of-state or between individuals, of firearms.
If various policies or reports exist dependent on the type of firearm, provision of all applicable materials would be greatly appreciated. Should they be voluminous, provision of materials on rolling basis would be greatly appreciated.
Should your agency believe that any additional policies, procedures, reports or other analysis pertaining to firearm acquisition, licensure, use, transfer, deaths, incidents, or any related issues may reside with another agency or agencies, indication of such agencies would be greatly appreciated.
Please notify us if further clarification is necessary.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by 1 M.R.S.A. § 408(6). The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Caroline Curtis

From: Kielty, Brenda

Ms. Curtis,

Please consider this email an acknowledgment that the Office of the Attorney General has received your FOAA request dated June 17, 2016. I have forwarded your request to Phyllis Gardiner, the Public Access Officer for this office.

Thank you,
Brenda

Brenda L. Kielty
Assistant Attorney General
Public Access Ombudsman
6 State House Station | Augusta, ME 04333

From: Gardiner, Phyllis

Dear Ms. Curtis,

Attached is a set of rules that are responsive to part of your request.

I am in the process of trying to determine what other public records we may have that are responsive to your request and whether there are other agencies in state government (e.g., the Maine State Police) that may have what you are seeking. I am working with other staff in our office on this, since the topic areas are outside my areas of law practice. And we may need clarification of some aspects of your request before we can fully respond.

I will be in contact with you regarding these matters next week.

Sincerely,

Phyllis Gardiner
Assistant Attorney General
6 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0006
(207) 626-8830
phyllis.gardiner@maine.gov<mailto:phyllis.gardiner@maine.gov>

From: Caroline Curtis

Hello Ms. Gardiner,

Thanks so much for this! We're looking forward to hearing from you again.

Best wishes,
Beryl, MuckRock

From: Gardiner, Phyllis

Dear Beryl,

Due to conflicting work schedules, I have been unable to connect with the right colleagues this week in order to answer some questions about what else our office or other agencies may have that is responsive to your request. And I will be out of the office all day tomorrow through next Tuesday, July 5.

I will get back in touch with you as soon as possible after I return to the office. Thanks for your patience.

Sincerely,

Phyllis Gardiner
Assistant Attorney General
6 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0006
(207) 626-8830
phyllis.gardiner@maine.gov<mailto:phyllis.gardiner@maine.gov>

From: Gardiner, Phyllis

I will get back to you early next week. On a deadline right now…

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