An Act To Upgrade the Concealed Handgun Permit Law
Sec. 1. 25 MRSA §2002, sub-§9, as amended by PL 2011, c. 366, §5, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
Sec. 2. 25 MRSA §2002-A, as amended by PL 1993, c. 524, §4, is repealed.
Sec. 3. 25 MRSA §2003, sub-§1, ¶E, as amended by PL 2011, c. 298, §7, is further amended to read:
(1) At the request of the issuing authority, takes whatever action is required by law to allow the issuing authority to obtain from the Department of Health and Human Services, limited to records of patient committals to Riverview Psychiatric Center and Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center, the courts, law enforcement agencies and the military information relevant to the following:
(a) The ascertainment of whether the information supplied on the application or any documents made a part of the application is true and correct;
(b) The ascertainment of whether each of the additional requirements of this section has been met; and
(c) Section 2005;
(2) If a photograph is an integral part of the permit to carry concealed handguns adopted by an the issuing authority, submits to being photographed for that purpose;
(3) If it becomes necessary to resolve any questions as to identity, submits to having fingerprints taken by the issuing authority;
(4) Submits an application fee along with the written application to the proper issuing authority pursuant to the following schedule:
(a) Resident of a municipality or unorganized territory, $35 for an original application and $20 for a renewal, except that a person who paid $60 for a concealed firearms permit or renewal during 1991 or 1992 is entitled to a credit toward renewal fees in an amount equal to $30 for a person who paid $60 for an original application and $45 for a person who paid $60 for a permit renewal. The credit is valid until fully utilized; and
(b) Nonresident, $60 for an original or renewal application; and
(5) Demonstrates to the issuing authority a knowledge of handgun safety. The applicant may fully satisfy this requirement by submitting to the issuing authority, through documentation in accordance with this subparagraph, proof that the applicant has within 5 years prior to the date of application completed a course that included handgun safety offered by or under the supervision of a federal, state, county or municipal law enforcement agency or a firearms instructor certified by a private firearms association recognized as knowledgeable in matters of handgun safety by the issuing authority or by the state in which the course was taken. A course completion certificate or other document, or a photocopy, is sufficient if it recites or otherwise demonstrates that the course meets all of the requirements of this subparagraph.
As an alternative way of fully satisfying this requirement, an applicant may personally demonstrate knowledge of handgun safety to an the issuing authority, if the issuing authority is willing to evaluate an applicant's personal demonstration of such knowledge. The issuing authority is not required to offer this 2nd option.
The demonstration of knowledge of handgun safety to the issuing authority may not be required of any applicant who holds a valid state permit to carry a concealed firearm as of April 15, 1990 or of any applicant who was or is in any of the Armed Forces of the United States and has received at least basic firearms training.
Sec. 4. 25 MRSA §2003, sub-§§3-A and 8, as amended by PL 2011, c. 298, §7, are further amended to read:
Each The issuing authority shall utilize only the model forms.
Sec. 5. 25 MRSA §2003, sub-§13, as enacted by PL 1991, c. 865, §4, is amended to read:
Sec. 6. 25 MRSA §2003, sub-§15, as enacted by PL 1993, c. 524, §12, is repealed.
Sec. 7. 25 MRSA §2003, sub-§17, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 298, §7, is amended to read:
Sec. 8. 25 MRSA §2005, sub-§2, as amended by PL 2011, c. 298, §9, is further amended to read:
This bill amends the laws concerning permits to carry concealed handguns by:
1. Making the Chief of the State Police the sole issuing authority for a permit to carry concealed handguns;
2. Extending the term of a permit to carry concealed handguns from 4 years to 10 years; and
3. Removing the requirement that a course that includes handgun safety taken by an applicant for a permit to carry concealed handguns must have been taken by the applicant within 5 years prior to the date of application.