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Maine Committee Endorses Expanded Gun Checks
05/03/2013 10:37 AM ET  

A Maine legislative committee has supported expanding mandatory background checks on gun show purchases and rejected a proposal to allow residents to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Both votes Thursday by the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee were 7-6, with Republicans and one Democrat on the losing sides.

Licensed dealers are already required to run background checks on buyers at Maine gun shows, but private citizens selling at shows are not required to request background checks.

David Trahan, executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, says there are five to 10 gun shows per year in Maine.

Trahan tells The Portland Press Herald the alliance is opposed to the bill because some gun show organizers are doing background checks anyway, and requiring checks adds to bureaucracy.



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