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Unless something really weird happens, Maine will soon become the seventh state to allow concealed carry without a permit. Predictably, there has been much yowling and screeching by the gun haters, who assume that Bangor will become Dodge City, circa 1870, and Augusta will morph into Chicago (which has extremely tough gun laws and a murder rate that’s over the moon) overnight. Right now, Maine is the second-safest state in the Union, just behind Vermont, which also has a no-concealed-permit law, proving that sap-tappers and failed stockbrokers are not particularly dangerous.
The most sensible piece on the issue ran in The Portland Press Herald, which said, in effect, that no permits will make no difference either way. Bad guys will continue to carry guns in defiance of the law, and good guys won’t want spend $900 on a handgun and then carry the thing all the time. (Plus, you can get a serious snowblower for that kind of money, and in Maine, if you have to choose, you get the snowblower.)
Passage of the law was aided by the fact that a good percentage of Maine’s police departments, including the State Police, supports no permits and that the present law, which requires a permit, is a total mess. Some permits are processed locally. But, because many of Maine’s small police departments are not equipped to handle this work, the rest of it—11,000 permits in 2013—is done by the State Police, who’d prefer to catch speeders or do something else useful with their time. The whole system is screwed up, and no one has any idea how to fix it, so it’ll be done away with.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg partially financed an ad campaign for Everytown for Gun Safety (meaning no guns anywhere) and the Maine chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety in America (That’s a mouthful. They need something catchier. How about: “Moms Want You to Put Down that Gun Right Now or They Will Beat Your Ass.”) The campaign didn’t have much effect. Mainers resented out-of-state interference, especially from the non-charming Mr. Bloomberg.