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Significant Changes to Concealed Handgun Permits Being Considered

| December 11, 2013

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine lawmakers are considering significant changes to the state’s concealed handgun permitting system. ┬áThe changes are aimed at ensuring that all applicants are getting proper background checks. A subcommittee that’s been examining an overhaul to the permitting process on Wednesday made its initial recommendations, which will now be considered by the Democratic-controlled Legislature when it returns. Among them is that only municipalities with full-time law enforcement agencies would be able to issue permits. Now, selectmen and other municipal officials issue permits. State Police Lt. Scott Ireland said only 44 percent of roughly 50 municipalities surveyed by state police conduct mental health checks for concealed weapon applicants. Lawmakers also want to create a repository of all permit documents so state police can see who’s been granted or denied a permit.

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