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Maine: Gun Show/Private Sale Ban Legislation to be Considered on Monday!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Please Contact the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee!

The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee has scheduled a work session for Monday, April 13 where it will consider two bills taking aim at dismantling gun shows as well as private firearm sales in Maine.

LD814, sponsored by State Representative Anna Blodgett (D-56), requires that a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check be performed by a federally licensed gun dealer prior to the sale or transfer of a firearm at a gun show. If passed, gun show promoters would be responsible for any failure to perform the required background check and would be subject to a fine of up to $10,000 for each occurrence. LD814 also requires gun show operators to post signs notifying attendees of the background check requirement.  Gun owners selling an occasional firearm must be provided access to licensed dealers to perform the required background checks.

LD985, introduced by State Senator Nancy Sullivan (D-4) would require that a federally licensed firearms dealer facilitate all sales, transfers, and loans of firearms.  This would mean that you would have to pass a background check before borrowing a gun to go hunting or target shooting.  Dealers could subject these transactions to a fee that
cannot exceed $10.  

In fact, a federally licensed collector would be restricted from selling or transferring firearms at a gun show or by private sale under these proposals.


Please contact the members of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to oppose LD814 and LD985.  Contact information can be found below.

State
Senator Stan Gerzofsky (D-10), Chair
(
207) 287-1515
Click Here to Send Email


State Senator John M. Nutting (D-17)
(
207) 287-1515
Click Here to Send Email

State Senator Gerald M. Davis (R-11)
(207) 797-5309
gmdavis@maine.rr.com

State Representative Anne M. Haskell (D-117), Chair
(800) 423-2900
RepAnne.Haskell@legislature.maine.gov

State Representative Stephen P. Hanley (D-59)
(800) 423-2900
RepStephen.Hanley@legislature.maine.gov

State Representative Walter A. Wheeler, Sr. (D-151)
(800) 423-2900
RepWalter.Wheeler@legislature.maine.gov

State Representative James M. Schatz (D-37)
(800) 423-2900
RepJim.Schatz@legislature.maine.gov

State Representative Michel A. Lajoie (D-71)
(800) 423-2900
Rep.Michel.Lajoie@legislature.maine.gov

State Representative Veronica Magnan (D-41)
(800) 423-2900
RepVeronica.Magnan@legislature.maine.gov

State Representative Richard M. Sykes (R-98)
(800) 423-2900
RepRichard.Sykes@legislature.maine.gov

State Representative Christian D. Greeley (R-22)
(800) 423-2900
cgtc@aol.com

State Representative Gary E. Plummer (R-111)
(800) 423-2900
RepG.Plummer@legislature.maine.gov

State Representative David C. Burns (R-32)
(800) 423-2900
RepDavid.Burns@legislature.maine.gov

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