• June 11, 2012
    By Deirdre Fulton

    A local YouTube user who goes by "boyscout399" has posted two videos of himself being detained by law enforcement officials because he is openly carrying a gun (which is legal in Maine).

    In the recordings (the Biddeford one is just audio), boyscout399 proves well-versed in legalese and Supreme Court cases. He's obviously just trying to make a point, but it is one that may surprise many Mainers: if you see someone walking down Congress Street with a gun strapped to his or her belt, that's totally kosher, legally speaking.

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  • March 22, 2010
    By Deirdre Fulton
    Mysterious announcement on the West End News' Web site about "Portland's First Ever Female-Bodied and Allied Topless Adventure," about which I am struggling to find out more (this thread over at As Maine Goes is entertaining but not particularly helpful). In the meantime, here is some info about the legality of going around sans shirt, including the precedent set by a 1998 Maine case.
  • September 15, 2009
    By Jeff Inglis

    Amid all the 9/11 memorials and healthcare debates, you might not have heard about a new law that actually will affect your daily life. Specifically, Maine has outlawed "distracted driving," which includes txting while driving, but goes far beyond that, to anything a police officer thinks is distracting you.

    They can't just pull you over for being distracted, but if you do something for which they can pull you over - say, swerving across lane lines or running a red light - you can get a ticket not only for that infraction but also for being distracted.

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