Sunday, June 14, 2015

Maine Expands Concealed Carry Reciprocity

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
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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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There is no authority for any state to deny the right of eminent domain. Any American citizen can go anywhere in this country at will and by choice and their constitutional rights, all of them, go with the citizens where ever that citizen pleases to go. They are federally guaranteed rights not state permission rights.