AUGUSTA – 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.
representative suggested the law would lead to violent criminals with recent
arrests and convictions legally carrying handguns.
rights of Mainers ahead of the objections of opponents, Governor Paul LePage
signed the bill sponsored by Senator Eric Brakey of Auburn after it won
bipartisan approval in the Maine House and Senate.
the top safest state for violent crime and fourth for property crime, Maine
edges out another New England state, Vermont, for the top spot. Of note, Vermont
also is a “Constitutional Carry” state. New Hampshire ranks third in the national
rankings, giving New England all three of the top spots in the nation.
Maine was edged out by Vermont in the same “safest states” ranking, but
declared the best state overall in the broader “Crime and Corrections”
using a different methodology, Maine was ranked second among the fifty states in
the “Crime and Corrections” category and also second in the categories used to
rank the “safest states.”
News and World Report “Best States” rankings are built in partnership with
McKinsey & Company, a firm that works closely with state leaders around the