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Maine Bill Would Undo Weapons Permit Rule
04/12/2013 10:31 AM ET  

Maine lawmakers are considering a bill that would do away with the state law requiring permits to carry concealed weapons.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine lawmakers are considering a bill that would do away with the state law requiring permits to carry concealed weapons.

Rep. Aaron Libby's bill drew a large crowd to Thursday's hearing before the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. Many of those attending were gun rights activists.

Libby, a Waterboro Republican, says his bill is about allowing law-abiding citizens to protect themselves. Libby also says it would enable police, who issue concealed weapons permits, to focus their resources on more pressing matters.

Dozens of people spoke in favor of the bill, and none testified against it.

The bill comes up as lawmakers consider a separate bill to block public release of identifying data on concealed weapons permit holders. A moratorium to do that ends April 30.


 

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