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Emergency Powers Legislation Signed into Law in Maine

Saturday, April 14, 2012

On Thursday, April 12, Governor Paul LePage signed another pro-gun bill into law: Legislative Document 1859.  This legislation, “An Act to Protect Firearm Ownership during Times of Emergency,” clarifies that, during any declared state of disaster or emergency, lawfully possessed, used, carried, transferred, transported, stored or displayed firearm or ammunition cannot be seized from law-abiding citizens.

Introduced by state Representative Michael Shaw (D-102), this important legislation will protect law-abiding citizens of Maine from experiencing the violation of their constitutional rights such as occurred in New Orleans, Louisiana and Greensburg, Kansas where law-abiding citizens were stripped of their firearms by overzealous government officials.


Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.