Sunday, June 07, 2015

ME: Practical reasons for eliminating the need for a concealed weapon permit

Up until a couple months ago, I wouldn’t have hesitated to say I support requiring permits to carry concealed weapons. I am a firm supporter of Second Amendment rights, but I didn’t think concealed weapons permit was a big deal. Then, an acquaintance of mine told me why he supports eliminating the permit requirement as drafted in the amended version of LD 652.

It was like he turned a light on — suddenly there was no outside money, no propaganda, just the voice of a born and bred Mainer. It got me thinking about how big money has such a stronghold on our political discourse that we lose sight of the fact that pending legislation is about real people. This law isn’t about knee-jerk reactions for or against the National Rifle Association. This law is about each of us and our neighbors.

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