Saturday, May 30, 2015

Maine's Chances for Constitutional Carry have Improved

Yesterday, 28 May, 2015, the Maine Senate voted to restore Mainers second amendment rights.   The legislation would remove the requirement to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm.  The earliest ban on concealed carry in Maine that I could find, was passed in 1967.   It has never been illegal for Mainers to carry handguns openly.    The Maine Senate has a majority of Republicans, but the vote was expected to be closer.  The bill passed 21-14.  From the
The decisive vote led advocates to predict passage in the House of Representatives, which could take up the proposal in the coming days. And it prompted a leading opposition group to urge members to call their state representatives and persuade them to vote “No.”

“I was under the impression it was going to be a lot closer than that,” said South Portland Police Chief Edward Googins, an opponent of the measure.
Michael Bloomberg's lobby groups have been buying ads in an attempt to convince Mainers to pressure their representatives to vote against the bill.  Main has legislation that requires reporting of advocacy efforts, but only if the advocates have direct contact with lawmakers.

 Here is the complete Text of LD 652:

An Act To Authorize the Carrying of Concealed Handguns without a Permit
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §11212, sub-§1, ¶B,  as amended by PL 2005, c. 477, §9, is further amended to read:
B. A person may not, while in or on a motor vehicle or in or on a trailer or other type of vehicle being hauled by a motor vehicle, have a cocked and armed crossbow or a firearm with a cartridge or shell in the chamber or in an attached magazine, clip or cylinder or a muzzle-loading firearm charged with powder, lead and a primed ignition device or mechanism, except that a person who has a valid Maine permit to carry a concealed weapon is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm may have in or on a motor vehicle or trailer or other type of vehicle a loaded pistol or revolver covered by that permit.
Sec. 2. 25 MRSA §2001-A, sub-§2, ¶A-1  is enacted to read:
A-1 A handgun carried by a person who is not otherwise prohibited from carrying a firearm;
This bill authorizes a person who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. This bill also authorizes a person to possess a loaded pistol or revolver while in a motor vehicle or a trailer or other vehicle being hauled by a motor vehicle.

Maine came within one vote of passing constitutional carry in 2013.   Majorities of both houses are signed on as sponsors of the bill this year, as L.D. 652.   The bill has had strong grassroots support.   Governor  Paul LePage has a record as a second amendment supporter.   It is very likely that he would sign the bill.

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Anonymous said...

The problem now is trying to get to Maine with all of the other states to cross just to exercise your federal constitutional right. This Hodge podge of different state laws is going to get someone killed. I can not see the benefit of traveling cross country un armed. In Arizona there is no permit required and I am not about to be forced to get a permit just to cross a state line. I am a natural born united states citizen and my constitutional rights travel with me, where ever I go. they had better have the drop on me because frankly I am to fast and to good of a shot to allow some idiot cop to jack me around for exercising my guaranteed federal constitutional right to keep and bear.The second amendment is superior to any state law.

Anonymous said...

Another point to mention is that many year ago the US supreme court ruled that a bonified traveler is permitted to carry his fire arms any where he is traveling as long as the vehicle has all of the comforts of being at home as in a travel trailer or motor home. That ruling should nullify all of these crossing state line regulations. That ruling got me out of Texas with my guns. I had three pistols displayed in my truck, Texas does not allow or did not allow them to be displayed but Arizona required it. My vehicle was licensed in Arizona and they didn't like it but they could not take my guns. They did get a little concerned when my full grown German Shepard dog raised up out of the truck, teeth showing.

jonjayray said...

Bonified -- I like that

Try Bona fide

It's Latin

Wireless.Phil said...

I doubt our Ohio Governor will go for it, he recently made it harder for vets to get a license, and he's a Republican, but he's also about to put his hat in the 2016 Presidential bid.

He won't be getting my vote.