Drunk driving arrest nets gun

BAR HARBOR — Maine recently may have passed a law allowing the carrying of concealed firearms almost anywhere. But if you’re packing and are stopped by police, the law requires you disclose that you are armed.

A Sorrento man allegedly carrying a loaded .40-caliber handgun in his pants pocket was cited last week for failing to inform police that he was carrying the gun.

Under a new state law, anyone legally allowed to own a firearm can conceal it on their person or in a vehicle without the need of a permit. Permits are still required to carry concealed weapons in some areas, including Acadia National Park.

However, anyone carrying a concealed handgun without a permit to do so must immediately inform law enforcement of the weapon during any arrest, detainment or traffic stop.

Bryan Campbell, 35, was driving on Route 3 late Christmas Eve when officers Judson Cake and Larry Fickett conducted a traffic stop. Campbell was subsequently arrested on a charge of operating while under the influence.

When patting Campbell down in the process of taking him into custody, Chief Jim Willis said Tuesday, officers discovered the gun, which police kept as evidence.

Officers were especially concerned about the presence of the firearm given that they believed Campbell was intoxicated, Willis said.

Police here are not encountering concealed guns in their dealings with people very often, he said. “People are free to make their choice [whether to carry],” he said. “The only way we’d know is if people tell us, or we find it.”

It’s helpful if anyone carrying a concealed weapon lets police know about the presence of the weapon, Lt. David Kerns said, though such disclosure is not required by law for permit holders.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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