There was a debate last night in Portland over a bill that would let people carry concealed weapons without going through a permitting process.”Point blank: this is a bad piece of legislation and one that I don’t support,” said Chief Michael Sauschuck, Portland Police Department. Flanked by police chiefs from surrounding communities, Portland chief Michael Sauschuck explains his opposition to a bill that would let Mainers carry concealed weapons without going through a permitting process. “To eliminate that process in general is a disservice to the citizens of the state of Maine and, certainly, to the safety of our law enforcement officers that are out there on the street,” said Chief Michael Sauschuck, Portland Police Department. These chiefs say the permitting process lets them connect with and educate people who want to carry concealed weapons.South Portland chief Ed Googins says it’s not uncommon for his department to deny people permits. “It’s a very thorough process and to just throw that out the door just does not make sense,” said Chief Ed Goggins, South Portland Police Department. Representative Aaron Libby is the bill’s sponsor. “It’s not stopping any criminals because the criminal’s not going to get the concealed weapon permit. They’re not going to go through the process,” said Representative Aaron Libby (R) Waterboro.Both Libby and David Trahan of the Sportman’s Alliance of Maine say resources departments use for the permitting process would be better spent elsewhere. “When I hear the state police say to me that it’s cumbersome. ‘We don’t know if we see any value in it.’ …and they’re quite supportive of repealing the concealed carry requirement, that’s who I listen to,” said David Trahan, Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.