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    So i have a freind in the state police and i go riding with him a lot, and i braught up open carrying to see what he would say the law was, andIguess im a little confused. I was told it was legal, from this siteand others,but he said if im carrying it better be concealed if im planning on carrying it intoany type of store, or just around town. His words were to me that if i were to carry it somewhere and a cop saw meorsomeone called 911,Iwould be taken down atgun point and possibly taken to jail??? can anyone help meget this straight?I was just at the point where i could carry anywhere and not feel weird... lol

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    nick wrote:
    So i have a freind in the state police and i go riding with him a lot, and i braught up open carrying to see what he would say the law was, andIguess im a little confused. I was told it was legal, from this siteand others,but he said if im carrying it better be concealed if im planning on carrying it intoany type of store, or just around town. His words were to me that if i were to carry it somewhere and a cop saw meorsomeone called 911,Iwould be taken down atgun point and possibly taken to jail??? can anyone help meget this straight?I was just at the point where i could carry anywhere and not feel weird... lol

    Okay, you have a friend in the State Police... But he isnt an attorney and asking cops whether or not something is legal is kinda like asking the hall monitor permission to pee. Some would let you stand there doing the 'potty dance' before giving you their opinion, because thery certainly arent going to give you 'permission' or facts that would satisfactorily sate your curiosity.

    If you arent 100% sure, take the time to consult an attorney and ask them what the law says- then carry a copy of the citations indicating the lawfulness of your conduct everywhere you go.

    I have asked police and those who serve law enforcement about open carry and have been misled or intimidated by surly civil servants who dont know what the "Eff" they are talking about. So take what your policeman 'friend' has said with a grain of salt- and seek a qualified opinion.

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    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 [2003, c. 452, Pt. N, §2 (new); Pt. X, §2 (aff).] 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. [2003, c. 452, Pt. N, §2 (new); Pt. X, §2 (aff).] [2003, c. 452, Pt. N, §2 (new); Pt. X, §2 (aff).] 2. Exceptions. The provisions of this section concerning the carrying of concealed weapons do not apply to:
    http://janus.state.me.us/legis/statu...sec2001-A.html

    I open carry . At no time do I "display in a threatening manner" . I carry the same way any LEO does . I have yet to be harrassed for OCing . The problem though with the statute is the vagueness in terminlogy . Who decides if it is a "threatening manner" and can it be considered such if a non gunnie gets spooked from seeing your gun? For me , it has been a non issue . At the worst , I have had someone say that they didn't think it was right to be able to carry , but they didn't throw a fit or call the cops. Most of the time I get the " hey, what you packin' ? " comments .

    I do agree . Consult an attorney .Better to ask before than to fight it out later and find you don't have a leg to stand on . For me , I'm covered anyway since I have my concealed permit . Otherwise , I would be consulting an attorney myself.

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    I lived in Maine for 41 years and know many LEO's and I have never seen many folks OC [except during hunting season] I know when I hunted deer I used a shotgun but carried a handgun with me as well [mainly for dispatching it if needed]

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