Winter Harbor Changes Procedure for Gun Permits

WINTER HARBOR — The Board of Selectmen Monday night voted to change the procedure for obtaining a concealed weapons permit by turning the background investigation over to state police.


Currently, local police screen applicants and state police conduct a more cursory background check.

Diana Young, chairman of the board, and Selectman Ben Newman voted in favor of the new procedure. Selectman Terry Bickford abstained.

The selectmen had discussed the change at their meeting July 20, but tabled the issue pending receipt of more information, such as whether the town would be notified about who was seeking a gun permit if the state police took over the background investigation.

Newman said selectmen would automatically be notified by state police whenever anyone applied for a concealed weapons permit.


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