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AUGUSTA, Maine (Reuters) – Maine will allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons without a permit, a practice called “constitutional carry” by Second Amendment advocates, under a bill signed into law on Wednesday by Republican Governor Paul LePage.
Maine law currently allows gun owners to openly carry a handgun without a permit, but concealed carry requires a background check, a licensing fee, a judgment of “good moral character” and evidence the applicant can handle a gun safely.
Opponents, including Maine Chiefs of Police Association, said rigorous background checks kept weapons out of the hands of felons.
originally posted by: eisegesis
Are all felons bad people? Do all felons share an intent to harm someone? I don’t think so and the term “felon” is slightly overbearing when deciding if someone is of “good moral character”.
originally posted by: projectvxn
a reply to: eisegesis
6th state. Kansas was the 5th and it went into effect July 1st.
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Wyoming and Vermont don’t require a permit at all for concealed carry in public. Vermont has never had such a requirement; Alaska went permit-free in 2003; Arizona in 2010; Wyoming in 2011 (limited to residents); and Arkansas in 2013.