Maine lawmakers are moving ahead with a bill which would potentially allow for unlicensed conceal carry within the state. Chris Eger for Guns.com reports that:
The legislation, advocating what is termed constitutional carry, would allow residents who are not prohibited from possessing firearms to carry a concealed pistol or revolver while preserving the current licensing scheme to grant those who travel out of the state reciprocal rights.
Introduced in March with broad support, the bill has been tied up for weeks in review and debate in the Legislature’s Criminal Justice Committee, who voted last Friday 7-3 against its passage….
….Retired Police Chief Bob Schwartz, who serves as executive director of the chiefs association, has appeared in radio ads paid for by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety organization.
“We know our right to bear arms also means keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people,” Schwartz said.” People with no safety training at all – even violent criminals – could carry hidden, loaded guns in public…So tell your legislator – vote ‘NO’ on LD 652. Keep permits for concealed handguns.”
Read the rest of the story on this controversial bill at Guns.com.