An Act To Remove Limitations on Reciprocity for Concealed Handguns Permits
Sec. 1. 25 MRSA §2001-A, sub-§2, ¶F, as repealed and replaced by PL 2011, c. 691, Pt. A, §24, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
Sec. 2. 25 MRSA §2003, sub-§11, as amended by PL 2011, c. 298, §7, is further amended to read:
Current law authorizes the Chief of the State Police to grant reciprocity to a permit to carry a concealed handgun issued from another state if the other state has substantially equivalent or stricter requirements for the issuance of a permit and the other state observes the same rules of reciprocity regarding a person issued a permit under Maine law.
This bill removes the authority of the Chief of the State Police to enter into reciprocity agreements and eliminates the required equivalency provisions and simply recognizes a concealed handgun permit issued to a person by that person's state of residence if that person's state of residence honors a permit to carry a concealed handgun issued under Maine law.