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Maine: Right-to-Carry Reform Legislation to be Considered Next Week

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Contact your state Representative TODAY in Support of LD 660 

LD 660, important permitless carry legislation, will likely be considered by the Maine House of Representatives on Monday, June 10.

Sponsored by state Representative Aaron Libby (R-139), this Right-to-Carry reform legislation allows a person who is a resident of Maine, and is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing a firearm, to carry concealed without first obtaining a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP).  However, HB 660 would not eliminate the current CHP issuance system, which will still be required for those who wish to participate in reciprocal concealed carry permit agreements when traveling to other states.

In Maine, existing law allows any resident who can legally own/possess a firearm to carry it openly, either loaded or unloaded, anywhere in the state.  Since law-abiding citizens are allowed to carry a firearm openly without a permit, they should not become criminals just because they put on a jacket or place their firearm in their purse or briefcase.

LD 660 was reported by the Maine Joint Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee with an Ought Not To Pass recommendation.  However, this important Right-to-Carry reform legislation can still advance in the legislative process.  Therefore, it is critical you contact your state Representative and urge him or her to SUPPORT LD 660 on the House floor.  Contact information or help identifying your state Representative can be found here.

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