WERU News Report 4/22/15

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Engineer: John Greenman

This month the Maine legislature’s Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee is considering at least 9 different pieces of proposed legislation dealing with guns. The one generating the most controversy is the concealed carry bill – which supporters call “constitutional carry” – that would eliminate the required permit for carrying a concealed gun. We review some of the pending legislation and discuss the question “what does sensible gun policy mean to you?” with guests Mary Anne Royal, Coordinator, Northern Maine Chapter, Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence; Beth Allen, State Coordinator for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense; and Joe Porada, local gun owner and long time WERU volunteer. Hillary Lister of Maine Matters, a Research, Consulting, and Government Relations business joins us by phone to talk about the impact some of the legislation may have on medical marijuana patients, and we open the phone lines for listener calls.