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  • 25 Jan 2015 2:14 PM | Todd (Administrator)

    You can now follow Gun Owners of Maine on Twitter at @GunOwnersME. We'll posts news items, announcements and action alerts on our feed. It's a convenient way to keep current on important happenings regarding your gun rights.  Follow us today!

  • 23 Jan 2015 6:13 PM | Todd (Administrator)
    We will be tracking the progress of bills of interest to gun owners in the 127th Maine Legislature, and providing action alerts to support good bills and oppose bad bills.  You can keep up to date by checking this page periodically.  Sign up here for our alert list to be notified when action is needed.
  • 22 Jan 2015 12:00 PM | Todd (Administrator)
    We have new stickers in stock! Suitable for your vehicle, window or anything else you'd like to declare your support for the right to keep and bear arms. 
  • 19 Jan 2015 1:00 PM | Todd (Administrator)

    The Windham Weaponry MPC-RF fundraising raffle sold out at the Augusta Gun Show this past weekend, and the drawing for the winner was held on Monday, 1/19/2015.  The winning ticket, drawn from the 250 tickets sold, belonged to Lance Michaud of Ashland.

    Congratulations to Lance, and we know he'll enjoy this fine rifle from a great Maine manufacturer.

  • 27 Sep 2014 9:21 AM | Todd (Administrator)

    LePage, Poliquin, Misiuk awarded top grades

    Gun Owners of Maine is pleased to present its candidate grades for the 2014 Maine Gubernatorial and Congressional candidates.  Read the press release here.


  • 30 Mar 2014 11:00 PM | Todd (Administrator)
    LD 222, now entitled "An Act Regarding the Issuance of a Permit To Carry a Concealed Handgun", will be coming to final enactment votes in the House and the Senate soon.  A summary of the current form of the bill is below.

    The links to the adopted amendments are:
    http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_126th/billtexts/HP018303.asp
    http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_126th/billtexts/HP018305.asp

    1. It amends the definition of "issuing authority" to remove the authority of municipal officers and councilors and assessors of plantations to issue concealed handgun permits and makes the municipality's full-time chief of police the sole issuing authority for that municipality. If the municipality does not have a full-time chief of police, the Chief of the State Police is the issuing authority unless the municipality has an agreement with the county sheriff in the county in which the municipality is located to serve as that municipality's issuing authority;

    2. It provides that a nonresident must have a valid concealed handgun permit in that person's state of residence before that person is eligible for a Maine concealed handgun permit unless that person's state of residence does not require a permit to carry a concealed handgun;

    3. It provides that the State Police must conduct record checks on an applicant for a concealed handgun permit and provide that information to the issuing authority for consideration when processing the application. It expressly provides that unless the State Police is the issuing authority, the State Police does not have the power to issue or prevent the issuance of a concealed handgun permit. Only the issuing authority can make that determination;

    4. It requires the State Police to establish a confidential database containing information about concealed handgun permit holders and applicants for concealed handgun permits. It provides that the database must be accessible by law enforcement agencies or law enforcement officers at any time and that information about a permit holder or an applicant must be purged from the database within 5 years after the permit expires or after the period for an appeal on a denial or a revocation of a permit has run;

    5. It authorizes the Attorney General to modify or reword the statutory application questions for a concealed handgun permit to improve readability and clarity as long as the subject matter of those questions is retained. It also requires the Attorney General to provide the proposed changes to the wording of the questions to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over criminal justice and public safety matters for review;

    6. It increases the application fee for a concealed handgun permit for a resident from $35 to $52.50 and for a renewal from $20 to $52.50 and for a nonresident from $60 to $120. It also extends the period a permit is valid from 4 years to 6 years;

    7. It allows applicants to provide signatures on concealed handgun permit applications by an electronic means approved by the State Police;

    8. It allows the holder of a valid resident concealed handgun permit issued before January 1, 2016 to replace that permit with the new standard concealed handgun permit developed by the State Police on or before January 1, 2016 for a fee of $15;

    9. It provides that, by January 1, 2016, the State Police must develop and make available a uniform concealed handgun permit form, which must be used by all issuing authorities;

    10. It provides that concealed handgun permit fees paid over to the Treasurer of State must be deposited in a special revenue account for the sole purpose of reimbursing the issuing authority for expenditures related to the development and the issuance of concealed handgun permits;

    11. It provides that the legislation does not apply to a valid concealed handgun permit issued before the effective date of the legislation. An application for a concealed handgun permit or for renewal of a valid existing concealed handgun permit submitted on or after the effective date of the legislation is subject to the provisions of the legislation;

    12. It makes the changes to the current types of concealed handgun model forms the Attorney General must develop effective January 1, 2016 to coincide with the date the State Police must produce a uniform concealed handgun permit;

    13. It expands the issuing authority's access to records pertaining to patient committals to include all state mental health institutes and nonstate mental health institutions; and

    14. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.

    15. It removes the requirement that a course that includes handgun safety taken by an applicant for a permit to carry a concealed handgun must have been taken by the applicant within 5 years prior to the date of application.
  • 12 Mar 2014 11:30 AM | Todd (Administrator)
    Gun Owners of Maine has obtained the draft majority and minority reports for LD 222 of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.  

    Minority Report

    This amendment is the minority report and allows a person who is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a handgun to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. It also allows a person to obtain a concealed handgun permit for purposes of reciprocity with another state. This amendment requires a nonresident must have a valid concealed handgun permit in that person’s state of residence before that person is eligible for a Maine concealed handgun permit unless that person’s state of jurisdiction does not require a permit to carry a concealed handgun


    Majority Report


    Summary
    This amendment is the majority report and replaces the bill and does the following:

    1. It removes the authority of municipal officers and counselors and assessors of plantations to issue concealed handgun permits and makes the municipality’s full-time chief of police the sole issuing authority for that municipality. If the municipality does not have a full-time chief of police, the Chief of the State Police is the issuing authority unless the municipality has an agreement with the county sheriff in which the municipality is located to serve as that municipality’s issuing authority;

    2. It provides that a nonresident must have a valid concealed handgun permit in that person’s state of residence before that person is eligible for a Maine concealed handgun permit unless that person’s state of jurisdiction does not require a permit to carry a concealed handgun;

    3. It provides that the State Police must conduct record checks on an applicant for a concealed handgun permit and provide that information to the issuing authority for consideration when processing the application. It expressly provides that unless the State Police is the issuing authority, it does not have the power to issue or prevent the issuance of a concealed handgun permit. Only the issuing authority can make that determination;

    4. It requires the State Police to establish a confidential data base containing information about concealed handgun permit holders and applicants for concealed handgun permits. It provides that the data base must be accessible by law enforcement agencies or law enforcement officers at any time and that information about a permit
    holder or an applicant must be purged from the data base within 5 years after the permit expires or after the period for an appeal on a denial or a revocation of a permit has run;

    5. It authorizes the Attorney General to modify or reword the statutory application questions for a concealed handgun permit to improve readability and clarity as long as the subject matter of those questions is retained. It also requires the Attorney General to provide the proposed changes to the wording of the questions to the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety for review;

    6. It increases the application fee for a concealed handgun permit for a resident from $35 to $52.50 and for a renew from $20 to $52.50 and for a nonresident from $60 to $120. It also extends the period a permit is valid from 4 years to 6 years;

    7. It allows applicants to provide signatures on concealed handgun permit applications by an electron means approved by the State Police;

    8. It allows the holder of a valid resident concealed handgun permit issued before January 1, 2016 to replace that permit with the new standard concealed handgun permit developed by the State Police on or after January 1, 2016 for a fee of $15;

    9. It provides that by January 1, 2016, the State Police must develop and make available a uniform concealed handgun permit form, which must be used by all issuing authorities;

    10. It provides that concealed handgun permit fees paid over to the Treasurer of State must be deposited in a special revenue account for the sole purpose of reimbursing the issuing authority for expenditures related to the development and the issuance of concealed handgun permits;

    11. It provides that the Act does not apply to a valid concealed handgun permit issued before the effective date of this Act. An application for a concealed handgun permit or for renewal of a valid existing concealed handgun permit submitted on or after the effective date of this Act is subject to the provisions of this Act; and

    12. It makes the changes in the amendment to the current types of concealed handgun model forms the Attorney General must develop effective on January 1, 2016 to coincide with the date the State Police must produce a uniform concealed handgun permit.
  • 31 Jan 2014 9:04 AM | Todd (Administrator)
    Read our interview with Rep. Tim Marks, the sponsor of LD 222, a bill which would make major changes to Maine's Concealed Handgun Permit issuance process. 
  • 23 Jan 2014 9:57 AM | Todd (Administrator)
    The Sportsman's Alliance of Maine is holding a fundraising banquet on May 10, 2014 to support their work in defending your gun rights. There will be raffles, silent auctions and live auctions, as well as information on SAM's work to defend Mainer's Second Amendment rights.

    Please consider attending and supporting this important event by our valued partner in gun rights, the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine.

    More information is available at http://sportsmansallianceofmaine.org .
  • 23 Jan 2014 8:36 AM | Todd (Administrator)
    A bill from last year's legislative session, LD 222, which would have designated the Chief of the Maine State Police as the sole issuing authority for Concealed Handgun Permits is still alive, having been carried over to this session.  While we can expect that the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will take this bill up soon, it remains to be seen exactly what form this bill will take, as it will likely be amended into something rather different.

    Gun Owners of Maine will keep you informed as this bill moves along.
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