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Maine: “Constitutional Carry” Introduced in the Pinetree State

Friday, February 27, 2015

Maine: “Constitutional Carry” Introduced in the Pinetree State

Today, Senator Eric Brakey (R-Androscoggin) introduced LD 652, “constitutional carry” legislation that would create a permitless carry exemption 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).  LD 652 would also leave the current carry permitting system intact for those who wish to participate in reciprocal concealed carry permit agreements when traveling to other states.  This measure has received the support of 17 co-sponsors in the Senate as well as 79 co-sponsors in the House.

In Maine, current law allows any law-abiding citizen who can legally own/possess a firearm to carry it openly, either loaded or unloaded, anywhere in the state. The difference between a firearm carried openly and a firearm carried concealed can be as insignificant as the donning of a coat.  The current permitting system in Maine requires a law-abiding citizen to pay a fee, endure an extensive bureaucratic process, be subjected to fingerprinting, obtain the government’s permission and be added to a government-maintained list of firearm owners simply so they can wear a coat. 

Again, it makes no sense to allow people to carry “openly” anywhere in the state without restriction then subject them to bureaucratic requirements in order to wear outer clothing.  Training requirements in the states that issue concealed weapon permits range from no training at all to extreme amounts of time in a classroom or on the range.  The empirical evidence from every such state, however, regardless of the level of qualification or training standards, is the same: law-abiding citizens who carry firearms are exercising their constitutional right to bear arms and their natural right to defend themselves with the utmost responsibility and without causing problems.

CHP’s are only obtained by those who wish to follow the law.  Allowing these citizens to carry concealed without the permit will not change the fact they are law-abiding.  Criminals, on the other hand, are already carrying concealed firearms without permits.  Those with existing criminal records who are prohibited from owning or possessing firearms can be prosecuted for mere possession.  Those with no prior record, but who commit a crime in conjunction with concealed carry, can be charged with the other, likely more serious, offense.   

Please begin contacting your Senators and Representatives and urge them to support LD 652. Not sure who represents you?  Click for help locating your Senator and Representative.

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Louisiana: Senate Passes Constitutional Carry - Take Action Now!

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Louisiana: Senate Passes Constitutional Carry - Take Action Now!

Today, the Senate passed Senate Bill 1, NRA backed constitutional carry legislation, on a 28-10 vote. The bill will next be considered in the House. Please contact your state representative and ask them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 1.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

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Minnesota: "Assault Weapons" Ban Referred to the Committee on Public Safety Finance and Policy

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

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Colorado: Semi-Auto Ban Introduced in General Assembly

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Colorado: Semi-Auto Ban Introduced in General Assembly

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South Carolina: Permitless Carry Passes the Senate, Waiting on Concurrence by the House

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

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Last week, South Carolina moved one step closer to becoming the 28th state to enact Permitless/Constitutional Carry! This effort has been years in the making, clearing a major hurdle by passing the Senate, which has been ...

Louisiana: House Committee to Hear Constitutional Carry Monday - Take Action Now!

Friday, February 23, 2024

Louisiana: House Committee to Hear Constitutional Carry Monday - Take Action Now!

Monday, February 26, at 10:00 AM, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee will hear Senate Bill 1, the NRA-backed constitutional carry legislation. SB 1 was passed by the Senate earlier this week with overwhelming support. Please contact committee members ...

Virginia: Mandatory Waiting Period and Other Anti-Gun Bills Headed to the Governor's Desk

Friday, February 23, 2024

Virginia: Mandatory Waiting Period and Other Anti-Gun Bills Headed to the Governor's Desk

Contact Governor Youngkin today and urge his veto!  Anti-gun extremists in the Virginia General Assembly have made diminishing your Second Amendment Rights a top priority this legislative session. This week a slew of gun control ...

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Friday, February 23, 2024

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

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