WT: Maine to allow carrying of concealed guns without a permit

Alanna Durkin for the Associated Press reports:

Republican Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill on Wednesday that will make Maine one of a handful of states where residents are free to carry a hidden firearm without a permit.

The bill’s success is a huge victory for gun-rights advocates who have long fought to get rid of the concealed handgun permit requirement, which they say doesn’t do anything to make the public safer.

“It really is a historic day in the state of Maine that this common-sense measure is finally signed into law,” said Sen. Eric Brakey, the Republican who sponsored it.

But it’s unlikely to end a contentious debate over the issue in in the state, where opponents argue that erasing the permit requirement will put the public and law enforcement in danger.

Read the full story at The Washington Times.