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    Maine for Constitutional Carry?

    Maine may be gearing up to pass constitutional carry. A young state Senator has introduced a bill to restore the ability to carry concealed weapons without a permit. He has gathered 96 sponsors for the bill, which is short and easy to understand. From wmtv.com:

    Under the present law, it is illegal for gun owners to wear a jacket over their weapon unless they have a special permit.

    Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn has submitted a bill that he said he would restore Second Amendment rights.

    The bill has bipartisan support in the state legislator, with 96 sponsors.

    Here is the complete Text of LD 652:

    An Act To Authorize the Carrying of Concealed Handguns without a Permit
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
    Sec. 1. 12 MRSA 11212, sub-1, B, as amended by PL 2005, c. 477, 9, is further amended to read:
    B. A person may not, while in or on a motor vehicle or in or on a trailer or other type of vehicle being hauled by a motor vehicle, have a cocked and armed crossbow or a firearm with a cartridge or shell in the chamber or in an attached magazine, clip or cylinder or a muzzle-loading firearm charged with powder, lead and a primed ignition device or mechanism, except that a person who has a valid Maine permit to carry a concealed weapon is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm may have in or on a motor vehicle or trailer or other type of vehicle a loaded pistol or revolver covered by that permit.
    Sec. 2. 25 MRSA 2001-A, sub-2, A-1 is enacted to read:
    A-1. A handgun carried by a person who is not otherwise prohibited from carrying a firearm;
    Summary
    This bill authorizes a person who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. This bill also authorizes a person to possess a loaded pistol or revolver while in a motor vehicle or a trailer or other vehicle being hauled by a motor vehicle.


    Senator Brakey has gathered an impressive number of sponsors. The makeup of the Maine legislature is as follows;

    From ballotpedia: Maine Senate, 15 Democrats, 20 Republicans

    From ballotpedia: Maine House, 80 Democrats, 69 Republicans, and 2 Independents.

    Sponsors: 15 Senators, 2 are Democrats; 81 Representatives, 6 are identified as Democrats


    Here is a YouTube video of Governor LePage talking about second amendment rights. He is very supportive.

    Link to video of Paul LePage on guns:

    During his 2010 campaign, he ran on this issue. From ontheissues.org:

    Paul supports the 2nd amendment--no exceptions. While Paul is Governor, he will:

    Protect Mainers' Gun Rights. Paul will veto any legislation that restricts Mainers' constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.

    The stumbling block could be the Maine House. It is controlled by Democrats, and if the Democrat leadership does not want to hear a bill, it is likely that it will not be heard, even if a majority of he legislators have sponsored it. It remains to be seen what the Democrat leadership in the Maine House of representatives will do on this issue.

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    Link to Gun Watch

    http://gunwatch.blogspot.com/2015/03...nal-carry.html

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    "Every member is permitted to introduce as many bills as he or she wants, and virtually every bill gets a committee hearing, a work session and a vote by the House and Senate. Eves has little leverage to use on the members who dont show discipline, so it will be up to their colleagues to hold all members accountable."

    That was a snippet from a Pressherald article. Hopefully it's accurate, and from the number of sponsors it looks like it'll go through as long as it can get out of committee and/or avoid the old "desk-drawer-veto".

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    Go Maine go!

    Time to get behind this bill and push, pull and prod.
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    Looks like it's DOA from the number of Demonrats in the House. It may be different that far North, but I suspect with so many co sponsors it's probably just posturing.
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    I don't "need" to openly carry a handgun or own an "assault weapon" any more than Rosa Parks needed a seat on the bus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 77zach View Post
    Looks like it's DOA from the number of Demonrats in the House. It may be different that far North, but I suspect with so many co sponsors it's probably just posturing.
    Just depends on the committee, although it's usually set up to send pro-gun bills to a committee headed by a rabid anti who's in a safe seat and won't get any grief for killing the bill. The chair will also protect any Dems in conservative districts who don't want to take a tough vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 77zach View Post
    Looks like it's DOA from the number of Demonrats in the House. It may be different that far North, but I suspect with so many co sponsors it's probably just posturing.
    Well it has now 79 co sponsors in the house, 76 is the number of voted needed to pass on the floor
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    According to the State Police, the permit system is a joke. They have no idea how many permits are issued. They only know of those that are issued from the State.

    http://www.mainelegislature.org/legi...c.asp?id=27249

    Here's the list testimonies from the 8 April 2015 work session. Another session scheduled 24 April.
    List of all testimonies:

    http://www.mainelegislature.org/legi...&snum=127&sec3

    At the same time LD 832 is on the table to change the Permit law so that only the State Police have issuing authority.

    http://www.mainelegislature.org/legi...c.asp?id=27289
    Last edited by USNVet; 04-18-2015 at 11:07 AM.

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