Changes Proposed to Concealed Carry Permit System (LD 222)

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Dedimus
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Changes Proposed to Concealed Carry Permit System (LD 222)

LD 222, from last session, is back again, and this time it's being amended to make a number of changes to Maine's Concealed Handgun Permit system. Gun Owners of Maine interviewed the bill's sponsor, Rep. Tim Marks of Pittston, and he discussed his plans to change the permit system with us.

The interview is available at http://www.gunownersofmaine.org/ld222-201401 .

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I'm all in favor of statewide

I'm all in favor of statewide consistency and eliminating any opportunity for poor decisions or bias on the part of local issuing authorities. However, the way to achieve that is by eliminating the requirement for a permit altogether.

The permit is an antiquated relic of the days when Andy and Barney had to dig through their filing cabinets to figure out who might be a prohibited person. If the Feds can figure out legal status of firearms purchasers in minutes via the NICS, then any police officer in contact with a firearm carrier could also determine in minutes whether the subject person is a prohibited person.

Why would they want to create and maintain a new list of the legal people instead of just using the existing databases of the prohibited people? ... I think the answer is obvious.

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I also favor a law that says

I also favor a law that says one does not need a permit to carry. Short of that, then a one time permit with a lifetime benefit, once issued. Like a driver's license, such a lifetime permit could be revoked upon conviction of a felony or for legally proven mental health deficiencies (via a court). Per my basic understanding of the Second Amendment and of our Maine constitution, my right to carry concealed is infringed via a permit system in the first place.

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I have a lifetime hunting and

I have a lifetime hunting and fishing license, but the public pretty much acknowledges the state's right to regulate hunting and fishing. The state does not have the right to regulate basic human rights such as the absolute right to defend ones self. The founders wrote down explanations of what they intended.

"Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress shall have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American . The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or the state governments, but where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the People." Tench Coxe, 1788

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There is no need for this law

There is no need for this law. Did you read what happened to a gun owner from Florida traveling through Maryland? Scary.

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