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2015 Legislative Priority: Constitutional Carry
Governor Paul LePage signed Senator Eric Brakey's LD 652, Maine's Constitutional Carry bill, into law in a private signing ceremony in the Cabinet Room in the State House on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Representing Gun Owners of Maine at the ceremony were Shane Belanger, Todd Tolhurst, and Jeff Zimba.
Constitutional Carry, which is already the law in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Wyoming and our New England neighbor Vermont, eliminates the need to obtain a Concealed Handgun Permit. Mainers could already openly carry handguns without the need for a government-issued permit, but to wear a shirt or a coat covering the gun requires training, background checks and fees.
The new law will take effect October 15, 2015. The Maine State Police have a summary of how the new law affects you here.
Passing Constitutional Carry bill is the culmination of a highly successful legislative session for Gun Owners of Maine, which also included:
- Limits on out-of-state organizations placing measures on Maine's ballot (LD 176)
- Repeal of the 1950s-era ban on automatic knives (LD 264)
- Suppressor hunting is now legal (LD 942)
- Chief Law Enforcement Officers may not refuse to sign NFA certifications (LD 942)
- Increased recognition of Maine's Concealed Handgun Permit (LD 868)
- Defeat of a backdoor universal background check bill (LD 415)
2015 Defensive Priority:
Ban on Private Gun Transfers
In November 2014, the citizens of the State of Washington voted to approve a referendum backed by the Michael Bloomberg-funded anti-gun organization Everytown for Gun Safety. This initiative, called I-594, effectively bans the private transfer of a firearm, from private sales to gifts to family members, to temporary transfers, such as allowing a friend to try your gun, or even allowing someone to hold your gun for a moment. Instead, you would be required to go to a licensed dealer and pay him to conduct a background check and record the transfer.
The Bloomberg campaign has vowed to bring the same law to Maine, using our Citizen Initiative mechanism, bypassing the Legislature. On Monday, Augusta 24, 2015, they filed an application with the Secretary of State to do just that. They intend to use millions of dollars from out-of-state billionaires to buy a place on our ballot for this law (PDF).
This is no idle threat. The Washington initiative passed due, in large part, to misinformation and lies by the anti-gun forces, and ignorance on the part of the general public. And Everytown for Gun Safety has staff based right here in Maine to run their campaign and duplicate their success in Washington.
In short, we must defeat this attack, and we must defeat it before if gets on the ballot. If it succeeds, it will be the most sweeping infringement on gun rights in Maine history. And worse, the only way that this law can be enforced is through the creation of a firearm registry, which will be the next step.
Gun Owners of Maine considers this the most pressing threat to our gun rights in the upcoming year, and we are absolutely committed to stopping it. But we will need the help of every gun owner to do so. We urge you to join our Facebook group or our web forums to keep informed on the progress of this extremely dangerous initiative. And please consider becoming a supporting member of Gun Owners of Maine. Your commitment, demonstrated with a paying membership, will go a long way in helping fend off this looming threat.
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We believe that gun rights are fundamental to a free people, and it is our mission to preserve and extend them. The threats to our rights from anti-gun politicians and activists are constant; every year, new bills are introduced in the Legislature and the Congress which would hack away at our rights. Gun Owners of Maine opposes these threats through grassroots action, providing information, analysis and action plans to gun owners, to make their political might felt in Augusta and in Washington.
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