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Maine: Standish Town Attempts to Ban Recreational Shooting on Private Property

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Maine: Standish Town Attempts to Ban Recreational Shooting on Private Property

The town of Standish will hold a Town Meeting tonight, January 13, at 7:00 P.M. in the Standish Council Chambers to consider a proposed ordinance that could prohibit recreational shooting, firearms training and ALL firearms use between official hunting seasons on another person’s property. 

Not only would this misguided ordinance violate the state range protection law, it simply goes beyond what is acceptable or reasonable for public safety.  This ordinance could potentially shut down any firearms discharge within a half-mile of an occupied dwelling and require authorization from the town before any range can be constructed.

Some additional proposed changes include:

  • Licensing for shooting ranges
  • A $3 million minimum requirement for liability insurance policies
  • Prohibition on noise levels above 65 decibels (normal conversation level)

These proposed changes are unreasonable and questionable under Maine law at best, and would prohibit you from exercising your Second Amendment rights anywhere beyond your own property line.  To learn more about the proposed changes, click here.

Please spread the word about tonight’s meeting and attend to express your opposition to these proposed changes.  If you cannot attend tonight’s meeting, please call members of the Standish Town Council using the contact information provided below:

Standish Town Council
John Sargent (Area 4)
(207) 776-9687

Michael Blanck (Area 2)
(207) 228-5766

Wayne Newbegin (At Large)
(207) 650-7322

Steve Nesbitt (At Large)
(207) 332-9782

Lynn Olson (Area 3)
(207) 642-1082

Margaret Spencer (At Large)
(207) 892-6388

Philip Pomerleau (Area 1)
(207) 642-2333

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