Governor Paul Le Page of Maine has signed LD868/SP313 into law. The bill reforms and streamlines the reciprocity process for Maine, removing discretion from the hands of the Chief of the State Police. The good news: Maine will now recognize permits from all states that recognize the Maine permit . . .
As the bill lays out, The Pine Tree State is Okay with:
F. A handgun carried by a person to whom a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun has been issued by that person’s state of residence if that person’s state of residence honors a permit to carry a concealed handgun issued under this chapter;
As constitutional carry is also expected to be enacted in the land of lobstah any day now, the, uh, main effect of this reform is to shield people with permits from other states from the requirement to inform local law officers that they are carrying a concealed weapon if the permit holder is stopped.
Not a big deal if all goes as expected, but the constitutional carry bill has yet to be passed. Many a slip between the cup and the lip, as the saying goes. About 17 other states’ permits will be accepted by Maine with the passage of the reciprocity law.
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