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Maine Concealed Handgun Permits Now Valid in Florida

27 Jan 2016 10:38 PM | Todd
Maine residents holding a Maine Concealed Handgun Permit will now also be able to carry a handgun in the State of Florida, as a result of legislation passed in 2015 with the support of Gun Owners of Maine.

LD 868, sponsored by Maine Sen. Paul Davis, overwhelmingly passed in the House of Representatives with a vote of 98-43, and unanimously passed the Senate.  The bill established a simple and fair rule for Maine’s recognition of other state’s concealed weapons permits: If another state recognizes Maine’s permit, Maine will recognize theirs.  This replaced the old system in which the Chief of the State Police was able to enter into formal reciprocity agreements with other states, provided those states met or exceeded Maine’s permit requirements.

Gun Owners of Maine strongly supported this common-sense legislation in order to remove impediments to recognition of Maine’s gun permits throughout the nation.  Maine’s new law will encourage other states to recognize Maine’s permit, and gain Maine’s recognition in return, enhancing the gun rights of both the citizens of those states as well as Mainers.


  • 29 Jan 2016 7:42 PM | Norman Fickett
    Totally agree with this and I thank you. I have had a permit for years
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  • 30 Jan 2016 1:09 PM | SMITTY
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  • 03 Feb 2016 12:40 AM | Brian Hendrix
    So I'm on my way up to Maine for 3 weeks this Friday. Since Tennessee accepts Maine's permit, are you saying my carry permit is accepted in Maine?
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  • 29 Jan 2017 5:50 PM | Norman Fickett
    It's time has come and makes things a lot safer. I'm a older motorcycle rider and riding around at night makes me feal a lot safer.
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