Maine Bills Seek Improvement in Carry Laws

Maine Bills Seek Improvement in Carry Laws
Maine Bills Seek Improvement in Carry Laws

Under current law, average Mainers who want to carry a gun hidden from view must apply for a concealed-firearms permit and even then are prohibited from bringing a gun into schools, courthouses, the Maine State House and other locations.

One proposal under consideration by the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, LD 1347, would allow permit holders to carry concealed firearms into state parks, establishments where alcohol is served, at labor strikes and the State House.

Another bill, LD 658, essentially would flip Maine’s policy regarding concealed firearms. The measure, sponsored by Republican Rep. Dale Crafts of Lisbon, would allow Maine residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit.

Permits still would be required, however, for anyone wanting to pack heat in six specific places, including schools, polling places on Election Day, hydroelectric or nuclear power plants or restaurants that serve alcohol but are posted to prohibit guns.

Source: Bangor Daily News