Legislative Document 778, introduced by State Senator Karl Turner (R-11) now has a scheduled hearing in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee for Monday, April 2, 2007 at 1:00pm in the State House, Room 436. This measure would require all new applicants and renewing holders of a Right-to-Carry permit show documentation they have completed a firearms safety course that includes at least 6 hours of course work! This bill also removes exemptions to current handgun safety course requirements for an applicant or holder of a Right-to-Carry permit who can personally demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter of the course requirements and also a person who received basic firearms training as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States!
The following bills are also being heard:
LD 146 - Introduced by State Representative Richard Cebra (R-101) - An Act To Enhance Self-Defense.
LD 148 - Sponsored by State Representative Cebra - An Act To Provide Fairness in Concealed Weapon Reciprocity Agreements.
LD 1000 - Introduced by State Senator Margaret Rotundo (D-16) - An Act To Increase Firearm Safety on College Campuses.
LD 1111 -- Sponsored by State Senator Ethan Strimling (D-8) - An Act To Protect Children by Requiring Trigger Locks on Handguns.
We encourage you to attend the hearing on April 2 at 1:00 pm in the State House, Room 436! If you are unable to attend please contact the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee members and your State Senator and Representative to urge him or her to oppose LD778. Legislators can be reached at the following toll-free numbers: Maine House of Representatives 1-800-423-2900 and the Maine Senate 1-800-423-6900.
Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee Members: