Concealed Weapons Bill Fails by One Vote 

A bill that would allow Maine residents to carry a concealed firearm without a permit has been defeated in the state House of Representatives by one vote. The Kennebec Journal, reports the bill failed 74-73 on Tuesday. Under current law, Maine residents are allowed to carry a gun without a permit as long as it remains visible. To carry a hidden weapon requires a permit from the state. Supporters say current requirements are an infringement of Second Amendment rights and removing the permit requirement would have no effect on public safety. Opponents say allowing people to carry concealed guns without passing a background check or getting gun safety training would create fear and make it difficult for police to do their jobs. The measure now goes to the state Senate.