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The End Of Open-Carrying In Maine?

MainelyGlock

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Keep in mind this was written and posted by the Press Herald, so take it with a grain of salt.


A group of Maine police chiefs plans to ask the Legislature to tighten the law allowing people to openly carry guns in Maine.

The chiefs scheduled a meeting for later this month on the issue after a man openly carried an assault rifle over his shoulder through Portland's Bayside and East End neighborhoods on Christmas Eve. The sight of the man and his gun just days after a similar gun was used to kill 20 students in Newtown, Conn., prompted dozens of calls to Portland's police department from concerned residents.

Police responded to the calls and talked to the man, who eventually went home without incident. But, officers did not have the legal authority to determine whether or not the gun was loaded, or even whether the man carrying it was legally allowed to have it, said Police Chief Michael Sauschuck.

"We can ask anything, but it's purely voluntary. The individual doesn't have to say anything to us. They could literally just keep walking," Sauschuck said.

Sauschuck said residents in the area have expressed disbelief that the police could not ask questions or assess whether the person posed a threat. The incident led chiefs around the state to arrange a meeting specifically to talk about the open carry law. It is too soon to know what changes the chiefs may ask for, according to Sauschuck.

The Newtown shootings have begun lots of conversations about gun control, and Maine's police chiefs may weigh in on other proposals, too.

But, Sauschuck said, "the one that screams in my mind for immediate attention is the open carry issue, specifically with that incident in mind."
 

boyscout399

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I read the whole article. He expects 3 police chiefs to show up to his meeting. Doesn't sound super concerning. This is not a new topic. Portland has repeatedly asked to repeal Maine's pre-emption law, and has repeatedly been denied. We still must be vigilant in our opposition though. Find out when the meetings will take place in Augusta and show up in opposition.
 

Flashlight

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So Chief Sauschuck is complaining about open carry despite the fact that his department tales over 100 days to issue a permit to carry concealed firearms when 25 MRSA requires that they be issued or denied within 30 days for a resident of five or more years and 60 days for a resident of less than five years.Auburn is taking 6 weeks for residents, Lewiston up to 12 weeks. Sanford PD and the State Police advertise on their websites that they have no intention of following the law. The same police that have loaded long guns in their vehicles despite the state law against it. The disarmed people that attend this will be at the mercy of the people that seem to care the least about certain gun laws.The biggest firearms law violators in the state are the police.
 

MainelyGlock

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I read the whole article. He expects 3 police chiefs to show up to his meeting. Doesn't sound super concerning. This is not a new topic. Portland has repeatedly asked to repeal Maine's pre-emption law, and has repeatedly been denied. We still must be vigilant in our opposition though. Find out when the meetings will take place in Augusta and show up in opposition.
Weren't the pre-emption laws created because of Portland? I'll see if I can find the meetings.
 
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