Augusta, Maine –
After a hard-fought battle between Conservatives and Progressives in the Maine State Legislature, Constitutional Carry emerged victorious having been passed with BI-PARTISAN support.
The Bill LD652, has over come a number of obstacles along its way to the Blaine House – opposition from Michael Bloomberg’s “Mom’s Demand Action For Gun Sense In America”, other groups like The Maine Gun Owners Association, and finally an initial veto-threat from Maine’s Governor Paul LePage.
LePage had initially threatened to veto the bill because of an amendment that was added in the House Of Representatives which forced all adults between the ages of 18 and 21 to obtain a permit before carrying a concealed firearm. LePage, with the support of Gun Rights Activists, took issue with this amendment unfairly targeted an age group that could join the military and sacrifice their life for their country. Although the amendment will stand, it was changed to exempt active duty Military and Veterans.
The Maine Chiefs of Police Association has voiced its opposition to the Bill, while the Maine State Police (the organization responsible for issuing concealed carry permits) is in SUPPORT of the new law.
The Second Amendment Advocacy Group “Cold Dead Hands” issued the following statement:
Today is a victory for Maine, for America and for We The People. This fight was not easy; we faced propaganda from leftist News Organizations, such as WCSH6 and The Bangor Daily News with their vocal opposition to Constitutional Carry and AstroTurf Anti-Gun Groups such as Moms Demand Action and Every-town [both group funded by former-NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg].
We applaud Governor Paul LePage for the action he took to ensure that America’s Military, both active duty and former, would be able to exercise their Right To Carry. However, we are disappointed that the Bill will restrict other adults under 21 from exercising their right to carry a handgun concealed.
The Bill will go into effect on October 8th, or 90 days after the Bill is signed into law.