In big news the Maine Senate has passed legislation for Constitutional Carry by a vote of 21-14.
In a surprising twist, the vote did not fall completely on party lines, as three Democrats voted in favor of liberty while 2 Republicans turned their back on the Constitution and on the rights of the people.
The bill now heads to the state Legislature which is expected to pass it when it is taken up within the next couple of days.
The bill, L.D. 652, will Maine the seventh state that allow individuals to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. It has 96 co-sponsors, more than half the members of the Legislature, and the blessing of some members of the Republican and Democratic leadership.
It will also be the first New England state that passes constitutional carry. Vermont doesn’t count because the Green Mountain State has ALWAYS respected the rights of its citizens to keep and bear arms.
But for a New England State to actively pass legislation unequivocally returning the rights to keep and bear arms without needing permission from the government is huge.
It also sets up the sandwich effect with the New Hampshire. How long would the “Live Free or Die” state avoid Constitutional Carry when it is quite literally wedged between Vermont and Maine?