“If this passes, I’m certain a tragedy will occur,” said Larry Gilbert, a former Lewiston mayor and police chief, at a news conference at the Portland Police Department.
Several police chiefs in Maine spoke out against a bill to eliminate the permitting process for concealed carry in their state. Of 159 permits given in 2013, 23 were denied for reasons like having a history of domestic violence, drug abuse, or severe mental illness.
Since background checks are not required for private or online sales in Maine, the concealed carry permit application is sometimes the only way to catch buyers who should not have access to firearms and without it, police would be unaware of these situations. You can hear more of the police chiefs' concerns from the news conference at this link.