This past summer on July 8 Governor Paul LePage signed senator Eric Brakey’s Maine’s Constitutional Carry bill. They signed the law in a private signing ceremony in the cabinet room in the state room. Constitutional Carry is already a law in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas and Wyoming. Mainer’s could already openly carry handguns without the need for a government-issued permit but you have to wear a shirt or something that covers the gun and it requires training, background checks and fees. This will make Maine the fifth state for the law to be passed. This new law would eliminate the permit requirement for anyone over 21 who is not prohibited from owning a firearm. And active members of the military and veterans over 18 the same thing would happen to them also. The law also allows a person to posses a loaded pistol or a revolver while in a vehicle. Some information from Reuters.com
Is this new law a good or a bad thing? In a interview for the Bangor Daily News Skip Small from Rock-port said “It’s nice to be able to have a gun for protection,” Small said while he shopped for a holster for his new firearm. “I think it’s a good thing, to some degree. You’re not going to stop someone from getting a gun in the United States.” Sources from bangordailnews.com say on the other hand Dust Rhodes from Winterport (a retired police officer) seems a little nervous about it “My concern is some young fellow will accidentally shoot himself or will grab a gun, instead of a knife, and shoot someone else without really knowing what he is doing,” the former police officer said. “It’s just going to cause more problems. I hope I’m wrong. Only time will tell.”
Marc Poulin says of course guns are still banned at schools, parks, courthouses and federal buildings. Anyone that carries a concealed handgun is required to tell the law enforcement quickly and if your stopped or question you’ll have to pay a fine of 100$ unless you have the concealed handgun permit. Pros for the right to carry a concealed handgun might be: Concealed handguns can help people in bad situations like murders, rape and robberies. The Second Amendment guarantees the right to carry a concealed handgun. “A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed”. “Must be interpreted to include a right to have a concealed gun in public, to have it ready for use, and to have it for self-defense.” “Permit some form of concealed carry for self-defense outside the home.” Cons for the right to carry a concealed handgun might be: Concealed handguns could increase crime in states. “Concealed Carry” requires background checks do not prevent dangerous people from acquiring weapons.
How do you feel about the new gun law? “It puts guns in good hands, maybe fewer people would be less likely to go on rampages like school shootings and mall shootings; if they know everyone is carrying a weapon.” -Marc Poulin (my dad)