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    Differing information on non-resident carry permit reciprocity.

    I'm trying to find out whether Maine recognizes non-resident permits ffrom states it has reciprocity with, such as Utah and North Dakota. Different sources say different things:

    http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/N...entPermits.pdf

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    http://www.usacarry.com/concealed_ca...city_maps.html

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    Furthermore, here is what Maine's CCW pamphlet has to say (bolded the relevant passage):

    http://www.maine.gov/dps/msp/license...%20Booklet.pdf

    25 M.R.S.A. 2001-A. Threatening display of or carrying concealed weapon

    1. Display or carrying prohibited. A person may not, unless excepted by a
    provision of law:

    A. Display in a threatening manner a firearm, slungshot, knuckles, bowie knife,
    dirk, stiletto or other dangerous or deadly weapon usually employed in the attack on
    or defense of a person; or

    B. Wear under the person's clothes or conceal about the person's person a
    firearm, slungshot, knuckles, bowie knife, dirk, stiletto or other dangerous or deadly
    weapon usually employed in the attack on or defense of a person.


    2. Exceptions. The provisions of this section concerning the carrying of concealed
    weapons do not apply to:

    A. Firearms carried by a person to whom a valid permit to carry a
    concealed firearm has been issued as provided in this chapter;

    B. Disabling chemicals as described in Title 17-A, section 1002;

    C. Knives used to hunt, fish or trap as defined in Title 12, section 10001;

    D. Law enforcement officers and corrections officers as permitted in writing by
    their employer;

    E. Firearms carried by a person engaged in conduct for which a state-issued
    hunting or trapping license is required and possessing the required license, or
    firearms carried by a resident person engaged in conduct expressly authorized by
    Title 12, section 11108 and section 12202, subsection 1.1
    This paragraph does not
    authorize or permit the carrying of a concealed or loaded firearm in a motor vehicle;
    and

    F. A firearm carried by a person to whom a valid permit to carry a concealed
    firearm has been issued by another state if a permit to carry a concealed firearm
    issued from that state has been granted reciprocity. The Chief of the State Police may
    enter into reciprocity agreements with 2 other states. Reciprocity may be granted to a
    permit to carry a concealed firearm issued from another state if:

    (1) The other state that issued the permit to carry a concealed firearm has
    substantially equivalent or stricter requirements for the issuance of a permit to
    carry a concealed firearm; and

    (2) The other state that issued the permit to carry a concealed firearm observes the same rules of reciprocity in regards to a person issued a permit to
    carry a concealed firearm under this chapter.
    There is nothing in this language to make it seem as if non-resident permits with reciprocity from other states would be invalid. Granted, it may not be about the language of the law so much as court precedent, but I haven't been able to find any court precedent about the subject. I realize these forums are mostly concerned with open rather than concealed carry but I'd like to get your impressions on this issue.

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    My understanding is that Maine does not afford CC reciprocity for holders of non-resident PA licenses.

    Looks like OC is the only bet for visitors to Maine who do not hold the listed licenses. Right?

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    It is possible to get a non resident Maine ccw but it will a while (60+days)

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    Perhaps a records request to the chief of police asking for any agreements that his agency signed off on for the last twenty years...

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