LD 191
Session - 126th Maine Legislature
LR 699
Item 1
Bill Tracking, Additional Documents Chamber Status

An Act To Authorize the Suspension of a Concealed Handgun Permit

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 25 MRSA §2005-B  is enacted to read:

§ 2005-B Suspension of permit for reasonable cause

1 Suspension.   The issuing authority may immediately suspend a permit to carry a concealed handgun if the issuing authority has reasonable cause to believe the permit holder may be subject to the revocation of that permit holder's permit pursuant to section 2005, subsection 1.
2 Surrender permit.   Upon notification of a suspension, a permit holder shall immediately surrender the permit to the issuing authority.
3 Request for hearing.   A permit holder may make a written request to the issuing authority for a hearing to review the suspension determination of the issuing authority. The request must be made within 10 days from the effective date of the suspension.
4 Issuance of decision.   Within 30 days of receipt of a written request for hearing under subsection 3, the issuing authority shall conduct a hearing and issue a decision. The issuing authority's decision under this subsection constitutes final agency action and may not be appealed.
5 Delayed requests.   If a request for hearing under subsection 3 is made after the 10-day period and the issuing authority finds that the permit holder was unable to make a timely request due to lack of actual notice of the suspension or due to physical incapacity, the issuing authority shall waive the period of limitation and grant the hearing request, except that a stay may not be granted.
6 Suspensions pending decision.   If a permit holder requests a hearing under subsection 3, the suspension remains in effect pending the issuing authority's decision on the hearing.
7 Suspension terminated.   Upon termination of the suspension, the issuing authority must return the permit within 5 days from the effective date of the termination if the permit holder is otherwise eligible to possess a permit.


This bill allows the issuing authority of a concealed handgun permit to suspend that permit if the issuing authority has reasonable cause to believe the permit holder's permit may be subject to revocation. It also provides the permit holder an opportunity for a hearing on the issuing authority's decision to suspend the permit.

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