Bill to end concealed carry permits fails by one vote

Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in News

Bill to end concealed carry permits fails by one vote

AUGUSTA -- A bill that would have overturned a requirement that people obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Maine failed to win support in the Maine House, losing by a single vote.

L.D. 660, a priority of the National Rifle Association, faced an initial vote where it was defeated, 74-73, but the House will get a second chance to vote.  The Senate hasn't yet taken up the bill.

Law enforcement was nearly uniformly opposed to the bill, but supporters claimed that requiring people to carry a permit for concealed weapons was an infringement on the Second Amendment.

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