AUGUSTA – Gun control groups are urging Maine residents to help defeat a bill that would allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit.

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and the Maine chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released TV, radio and digital ads Thursday that say the proposal would put Maine people at risk.

The TV ad says the bill would allow people with no training, “even violent criminals,” to carry concealed weapons in public.

A spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association said in email that the groups are spreading lies. She says that violent criminals are currently banned from possessing firearms and that wouldn’t change under this bill.

A committee plans to hold a work session on the bill Friday.