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Repost- Four years after allowing universal ‘concealed carry’ law, Maine rated the safest state in the nation for crime

September 12, 2019

“Since 2015, residents of the state of Maine have been allowed to carry a concealed firearm without any special permit, and now the results are in: crime has fallen to the point where the state is now rated the safest in the nation from the threat of crime.

“The Maine Examiner reports: When Maine passed a “Constitutional Carry” law allowing Maine residents to carry a concealed firearm without any special permit in 2015, opponents of the law forecast a dangerous future for the state. They said the new law would hurt public safety and put Maine kids at risk.

“One state representative who opposed the bill went so far as to say it would give Mainers a reason to be afraid every time they went out in public or to work.

“Another state representative suggested the law would lead to violent criminals with recent arrests and convictions legally carrying handguns.

“They were wrong, as wrong as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors labeling the NRA a “terrorist organization.” And for the same reason, the notion that a physical object, not human beings, causes evil.  The US News &World Report rankings of the safest states has named Maine as the safest state in the nation.”

Source: Four years after allowing universal ‘concealed carry’ law, Maine rated the safest state in the nation for crime

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  1. September 12, 2019 9:05 am

    While on the surface this makes for some good news for gun-supporters.. I am not one who tends to not accept such things on the surface…
    1. Does Maine’s tiny population of 1.3 million make a difference in all this?
    2. I have no knowledge on the crime stats in Maine before the CCW lifting to compare. Makes me question that in a population of only 1.3 million folks what made the state legislature feel the need to pass such a bill?
    3. Any stats, like polls, that try to gauge how many people decided to carry routinely after after the restrictions were lifted?
    4. Is the apparent reduction in crime directly related to “crime-doers” changing their minds thinking everyone is walking around with a concealed firearm? More to the point… are there any stats on an armed CCW Maine citizen using their concealed weapon to foil a crime?
    5. If crime in Maine has traditionally included “bad” people coming from out-of-state how is Maine communicating.. if at all.. to visitors that they better not commit crimes because the state has given CCW permission to its citizens?

    Sorry.. I know you must be pro-gun in making your point… and I own guns and am an NRA member… but there’s more to the story than just the sensationalism of the moment.

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