This is a discussion on Maine Non-resident within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; If they allowed reciprocity with other states I'm sure they wouldn't be flooded with non-res permit applications... That is exactly what I told the congressional ...
That is exactly what I told the congressional subcommite as they were discussing reciprocity legislation last year. Spoke to one of the chairman privately and said charge $100, reciprocate with a dozen states with similar laws, and you could issue 100x the permits. Explained that FL was doing a similar thing.If they allowed reciprocity with other states I'm sure they wouldn't be flooded with non-res permit applications...
"Why do we need to help non-residents" well knucklehead, as a resident, I'd rather pay y'all for a multi state permit instead of staying current with 4 other non res permits
The AG up here is vehemently anti gun, and he hasn't approved any reciprocity. He is claiming that no other state has equivalent laws (as required for ME to reciprocate). He is truly focused on EQUIVALENT, word for word, and of course no state has the same wording throughout their handgun laws.
This state is incredibly short sighted.
We had an NRA lawyer present - wish I could remeber his name - but he prepared a list of 50 states and what the permit requirements were.I would agree that the permit application process was far more difficult then in PA.
ME requires a background check, both criminal and mental (from the two ME assylums), requires the applicant to be 'of good moral charachter', and to have a basic pistol class. Some residents need to re-cert their class every 5 years. Other residents & non residents need to only have one class ever.
This is pretty standard licensing that is probably typical of 30 other states, but not 100% standard. ME does not require your pic on a liscense. ME doesn't require fingerprints either. Of course, ME doesn't require you to write an essay (like MA) or plead before a handgun board (IL?) or require you to be a Beautiful Person (NYC).
Long story short, ME honors no out of state permits. No states that maintain reciprocity lists honor ME permits. The only states that do honor ME permits are states that have blanket statements honoring any out of state permit (like AZ, UT, OK)
Nobody up here can see the forest through the trees.... The good side is the senate subcomitte (Pub Safety) is pretty smart and 85% believe in your rights to own and carry guns.
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Actually, open carry is legal in maine - but may draw some attraction.
I just got it in the mail today, 83 days after I sent the application in. Funny thing is the issue date is today. Very good guess on their part on mail time.It looks like there's a run on Maine NR permits, I sent mine in April 1. I'll report back on how long it takes to get.
The letter that accompanied the license stated that mine is the new style, and that I should sign the back on receipt.
Rob - The Erstwhile Vermont Fat Ba*d
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Correct. Part of the application is a release that allows them to check with the Maine mental institutions to see if you have a record there.Requirements sound similiar to WV. The mental health check? I'm assuming that means they can find out through records that you're a loon,not that you have to go to a shrink and be certified "not a loon"?
Rob - The Erstwhile Vermont Fat Ba*d