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  • 15 Sep 2016 3:23 PM | Todd (Administrator)

    The Maine Chiefs of Police Association today announced its support for Question 3, continuing its record as a reliable rubber stamp for all gun control proposals, regardless of merit. South Portland Chief Googins claimed that the background checks which Question 3 requires would keep guns out of the hands of criminals, ignoring the fact that background-checked sales are already the #1 source of crime guns, according to Federal statistics. Question 3 will do nothing to stop criminals from obtaining guns, because criminals don't mind breaking gun laws on their way to breaking much more serious laws.

    What Question 3 will do is criminalize traditional activities by ordinary law-abiding Mainers, like loaning a rifle to a friend today to take hunting tomorrow. The so-called "hunting exception" is far, far narrower and more complicated than the proponents of Question 3 admit, and will result in Mainers unwittingly committing crimes. It will also strip young adults, 18 to 20 years of age, of their Constitutional right to own a handgun, among other problems.

    Neither Chief Googins nor Portland Chief Sauschuck have any business weighing in on this issue using their official titles. Both suffer from a hopeless conflict of interest, as both are Board Members of a Maine gun control group. And both seem to have trouble obeying gun law themselves, having breached the confidentiality of Concealed Handgun Permit application data in 2015, in an attempt to defeat last year's Constitutional Carry bill.

    Background checks are a New York solution to a problem that Maine doesn't have. We are one of the safest states in the union, with a low homicide rate which is the envy of most of the country. Our gun laws work. New York could learn from Maine; Maine has nothing to learn from New York.


  • 27 Jan 2016 11:06 PM | Todd (Administrator)

    Maine Concealed Handgun Permits Now Valid in Georgia


    Maine residents holding a Maine Concealed Handgun Permit will now also be able to carry a handgun in the State of Georgia, as a result of legislation passed in 2015 with the support of Gun Owners of Maine.


    LD 868, sponsored by Maine Sen. Paul Davis, overwhelmingly passed in the House of Representatives with a vote of 98-43, and unanimously passed the Senate.  The bill established a simple and fair rule for Maine’s recognition of other state’s concealed weapons permits: If another state recognizes Maine’s permit, Maine will recognize theirs.  This replaced the old system in which the Chief of the State Police was able to enter into formal reciprocity agreements with other states, provided those states met or exceeded Maine’s permit requirements.


    Gun Owners of Maine strongly supported this common-sense legislation in order to remove impediments to recognition of Maine’s gun permits throughout the nation.  Maine’s new law will encourage other states to recognize Maine’s permit, and gain Maine’s recognition in return, enhancing the gun rights of both the citizens of those states as well as Mainers.



  • 27 Jan 2016 10:38 PM | Todd (Administrator)

    Maine Concealed Handgun Permits Now Valid in Florida


    Maine residents holding a Maine Concealed Handgun Permit will now also be able to carry a handgun in the State of Florida, as a result of legislation passed in 2015 with the support of Gun Owners of Maine.


    LD 868, sponsored by Maine Sen. Paul Davis, overwhelmingly passed in the House of Representatives with a vote of 98-43, and unanimously passed the Senate.  The bill established a simple and fair rule for Maine’s recognition of other state’s concealed weapons permits: If another state recognizes Maine’s permit, Maine will recognize theirs.  This replaced the old system in which the Chief of the State Police was able to enter into formal reciprocity agreements with other states, provided those states met or exceeded Maine’s permit requirements.


    Gun Owners of Maine strongly supported this common-sense legislation in order to remove impediments to recognition of Maine’s gun permits throughout the nation.  Maine’s new law will encourage other states to recognize Maine’s permit, and gain Maine’s recognition in return, enhancing the gun rights of both the citizens of those states as well as Mainers.



  • 03 Jan 2016 8:41 PM | Todd (Administrator)

    Maine Concealed Handgun Permits Now Valid in New Hampshire


    Maine residents holding a Maine Concealed Handgun Permit will now also be able to carry a handgun in the State of New Hampshire, as a result of legislation passed in 2015 with the support of Gun Owners of Maine.


    LD 868, sponsored by Maine Sen. Paul Davis, overwhelmingly passed in the House of Representatives with a vote of 98-43, and unanimously passed the Senate.  The bill established a simple and fair rule for Maine’s recognition of other state’s concealed weapons permits: If another state recognizes Maine’s permit, Maine will recognize theirs.  This replaced the old system in which the Chief of the State Police was able to enter into formal reciprocity agreements with other states, provided those states met or exceeded Maine’s permit requirements.


    Gun Owners of Maine strongly supported this common-sense legislation in order to remove impediments to recognition of Maine’s gun permits throughout the nation.  Maine’s new law will encourage other states to recognize Maine’s permit, and gain Maine’s recognition in return, enhancing the gun rights of both the citizens of those states as well as Mainers.



  • 24 Aug 2015 12:00 PM | Todd (Administrator)
    On Monday, Augusta 24, 2015, famously anti-gun New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg's front organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, filed an application with the Secretary of State to place a question on Maine's November 2016 ballot which would ban private sales of firearms and usher in universal gun registration. Bloomberg succeeded in passing a similar measure in Washington State by referendum last year, and intends to use his money to first buy a place on our ballot, and then buy the votes to pass it with a massive media misinformation campaign.
    Gun rights in Maine are under attack. Your help is urgently needed to defend against this very serious assault on our liberties by those who would turn us into another New York or Chicago. Don't allow it.
  • 08 Jul 2015 2:00 PM | Todd (Administrator)

    Governor Paul LePage signed LD 652, Maine Constitutional Carry bill, into law today in a private signing ceremony in the Cabinet Room of the State House. Present for the signing were Gun Owner of Maine Founder Shane Belanger, President Todd Tolhurst, and Firearms Policy Analyst Jeff Zimba.

    The law will become effective 90 days after the Legislature adjourns.

    LD 652 Signing, 07/08/2015

  • 28 Apr 2015 3:30 PM | Todd (Administrator)

    Firearms instructors across Maine support LD 652, Constitutional Carry.  Read the full press release.

  • 13 Apr 2015 5:02 PM | Todd (Administrator)

    Senator Stan Gerzofsky said on television that he has a list of Concealed Handgun Permits which were denied. 

    But permit information is confidential by law.  

    Has the Senator admitted to committing a crime?  That's the question Gun Owners of Maine is asking of the Joint Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety and the President of the Senate.

    Read more here.



  • 13 Apr 2015 4:43 PM | Todd (Administrator)

    URGENT! CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY UPDATE

    Ok, folks, here's the current situation. We did a great job of showing support for LD 652, the Consititional Carry bill, at last Wednesday's public hearing. But, of course, it's not going to be nearly that easy to win. Our opponents are SHOVELLING out-of-state money into Maine to defeat us, and vastly outnumbering us with calls to legislators.

    We have not come this far to be defeated by billionaire-bought astroturf. We need everyone to call your legislators now -- *right now*, as you read this message -- to urge them to support LD 652 and Constitutional Carry.

    You can look up your legislators using the link below -- call BOTH your Senator and your Representative. Be polite, but be firm: You want them to support LD 652.

    Do *not* leave this to someone else to do. We need every single voice behind us on this to counter the manufactured opposition. Call right now.

    http://legislature.maine.gov/house/jt_list_alpha.htm

    You can also leave a message for your representatives at the following numbers:

    House Democrats: (207) 287-1430
    House Republicans: 207-287-1440
    Senate Democrats: (207) 287-1515
    Senate Republicans: (207) 287-1505


  • 27 Feb 2015 4:08 PM | Todd (Administrator)

    Senator Eric Brakey Submits Constitutional Carry Bill; Has Nearly 100 Co-Sponsors

    Augusta – Senator Eric Brakey (R-Androscoggin) today submitted his legislationkn own as LD 652, to allow Mainers to carry a concealed handgun without a permit, if they are already legally eligible to own a handgun. The legislation, commonly known as “Constitutional Carry” or “Vermont Carry,” has garnered wide bipartisan support from both legislative chambers.

    A total of 96 legislators---representing well over 50% of all Maine’s law makers, including a majority of members in the Democrat-controlled House---signed on as bill sponsors. Members of both Republican and Democrat legislative leadership have signed on to support the legislation.

    “I am glad to have strong bipartisan support from both chambers for this bill,” said Senator Brakey. “This is a moderate proposal. It allows law-abiding citizens, who are already legally eligible to carry a visible handgun, to also carry a concealed handgun. Under current Maine law, the simple action of putting on a jacket turns a law-abiding gun owner into a law breaker, unless they undergo a lengthy permitting process. This legislation changes that, and in doing so restores our Second Amendment Rights.”

    Though eligible citizens would no longer be required to seek a permit to carry a concealed handgun within Maine’s borders, the legislation preserves Maine’s permitting system so that citizens can enjoy reciprocity with other states.

    Constitutional Carry is currently the law in the states of Vermont, Arizona, Alaska, Arkansas, Wyoming and Oklahoma.

    A public hearing has not yet been scheduled for the legislation.


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