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Maine Bill Would Allow Concealed Handguns Without Permits

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine Republican senator wants to allow residents to carry concealed handguns without getting a permit.

Sen. Eric Brakey of Auburn says that nearly 100 lawmakers, including members of both parties, have signed onto his proposal. Officials have not yet scheduled a date for a public hearing on the bill.

The measure would make it legal to carry a gun without a permit if a person is already eligible to own a gun. Brakey says that similar laws are in place in several states, including Vermont and Oklahoma.

Brakey says it's a “moderate proposal” that would restore the rights provided by the Second Amendment.

A similar effort failed in the Democrat-controlled Senate last year. Republicans now hold the majority in the chamber, but Democrats remain in power in the House.