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Maine LD 1579 Public Hearing

Friday, April 29, 2005

LD 1579, legislation which proposes to ban the possession of so-called "assault weapons" and .50 caliber rifles in Maine is being heard next week by the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety. This legislation seeks to ban certain semi-automatic firearms and .50 caliber rifles commonly used for competitive shooting and other sporting purposes. The proposal also declares certain firearms and ammunition as contraband thereby allowing law enforcement to confiscate and seize your firearms without compensation.   Without a doubt this proposal is by far more insidious than the bans in California and New York City. 

Please attend a public hearing on Monday, May 2 at 10:00 AM in room 208 of the Cross Building. In addition, please contact your legislator and respectfully urge him or her to oppose LD 1579! You can reach the Maine legislature at 207-287-1400. You can find contact information for your legislators by using the "Write Your Representatives" tool at www.NRAILA.org. Members of the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety can be reached at 207-287-1122 and include:

Senator Bill Diamond

Senator John M. Nutting

Senator Dean F. Clukey

Representative Patricia A. Blanchette

Representative Stan Gerzofsky   

Representative Carol A. Grose 

Representative Rosaire Paradis, Jr. 

Representative Stephen P. Hanley 

Representative Richard M. Sykes

Representative John W. Churchill 

Representative Christian D. Greeley

Representative Kimberly J. Davis

Representative Gary E. Plummer

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