Governor Paul Le Page of Maine has signed LD868/SP313 into law. The bill reforms and streamlines the reciprocity process for Maine, removing discretion from the hands of the Chief of the State Police. Maine will now recognize permits from all states that recognize the Maine permit. From mainelegislature.org:
F. A handgun carried by a person to whom a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun has been issued by that person's state of residence if that person's state of residence honors a permit to carry a concealed handgun issued under this chapter;As constitutional carry is expected to be signed or pass into law any day now, the main effect of this reform is to shield people with permits from other states from the requirement to inform law officers that they are carrying a concealed weapon if the permit holder is stopped.
This does not seem like a large effect, but the constitutional carry bill has yet to be signed by Governor Le Page, or pass into law. If he does not sign it and does not veto it, it becomes law after 10 days. It is widely expected to become law shortly.
About 17 other states' permits will be accepted by Maine with the passage of the reciprocity law.
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