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