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Maine: House Vote Delayed on “Constitutional Carry” Reform

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Contact your state Representative and urge him or her to support the permitless carry amendment

Due to inclement weather, no action was taken this week by the Maine House of Representatives to amend permitless carry (“constitutional carry”) into Legislative Document 222, a bill which addresses the issuance of concealed carry permits in Maine.  Similar to last year’s narrowly defeated Legislative Document 660, the NRA-supported amendment would create a permitless carry provision to allow a resident of Maine who is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing a firearm to carry concealed without obtaining a Concealed Handgun Permit ("CHP").

Current law allows any resident who can legally own or possess a firearm to carry it openly, either loaded or unloaded, anywhere in Maine where lawfully permitted.  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.

The state legislature will return in session next week to consider this much-needed Right-to-Carry reform legislation.  However, our opponents are working hard to defeat this amendment.  Therefore, it’s critical that you contact your state Representative and politely urge him or her to support a permitless carry (“constitutional carry”) amendment to LD 222 when it comes to the House floor.

Click here for help identifying your state Representative to e-mail or call them in their district.  Make sure you also contact your state Representative in Augusta at (207) 287-1400 or by using the in-state toll-free number at (800) 423-2900.

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