07-10-2015, 03:35 PM
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Havelock, NC
Concealed Carry State of Maine!
I am proud of my birth State of Maine will finally allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons without a permit, a practice called "constitutional carry" by Second Amendment advocates, under a bill signed into law on Wednesday by Republican Governor Paul LePage.
The measure will make Maine the fifth state to pass a law legalizing the carrying of a handgun, either openly or concealed, without the requirement of a government permit.
Maine joins Alaska, Arizona, Wyoming and Kansas in voting to allow the practice, according to National Rifle Association spokesman Lars Dalseide. Vermont has never required a permit. Arkansas and Montana also allow more limited forms of constitutional carry.
More than a dozen other states have considered similar legislation.
The Maine law will take effect 90 days after the state’s legislature adjourns, which is expected in mid-July.
The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects the right of individuals to own and bear firearms, has limited efforts to pass gun control legislation around the country and has served as the basis for expanding gun rights in many states.
Maine law currently allows gun owners to openly carry a handgun without a permit, but concealed carry requires a background check, a licensing fee, a judgment of “good moral character” and evidence the applicant can handle a gun safely.
Sportsmen’s groups and gun advocates argued the process was too onerous, deterring law-abiding citizens from applying.
Opponents, including Maine Chiefs of Police Association, said rigorous background checks kept weapons out of the hands of felons. As a retired LEO from Maine, I disagree with the Maine Chiefs of Police Association, any felon or nut case that wants a weapon needs only to pick up a copy of "Uncle Henry's". Uncle Henry's is a weekly magazine that you can list items for sale, including a gun section. Take the cash go to someone's home and purchase a firearm. I once had a young lady commit suicide using a newly purchased Smith & Wesson 357. On a Saturday morning she purchased the hand gun from a seller that had it listed in Uncle Henry's. Several hours later I received report of a suspicious vehicle parked in a wooded area, was the young lady. The Uncle Henry's magazine still in the front passenger seat.
The new law, which passed with broad bipartisan support, would eliminate the permit requirement for any resident over 21 years old who is not already prohibited from owning a firearm.
Active members of the military, and veterans over 18 years of age, would be granted the same privilege
Way to go Maine!