The Maine House of Representatives could vote on Legislative Document 1572 as early as tomorrow, March 29. The Senate accepted the majority “ought to pass as amended” report for LD 1572 last week. LD 1572 is legislation to help ensure nondiscrimination against gun owners who reside in public housing. Please contact your state Representative and urge them to support LD 1572 by voting to accept the majority “ought to pass as amended” committee report. Please click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state Representative!
LD 1572, sponsored by Senator Andre Cushing (R-Penobscot), would prevent public housing authorities from adding provisions in rental agreements to ban the lawful ownership, use, possession, bearing or transportation of firearms by tenants.
LD 1572 was introduced after Harvey Lembo, a Maine resident who lives in an affordable housing community, filed a lawsuit against his landlord who threatened to evict him for lawfully possessing and using his firearm for self-defense purposes. Since moving to his apartment in 2009, Lembo’s home had been burglarized five times. On August 31, 2015, Lembo decided to purchase a firearm for protection, and less than 24 hours later, he used that firearm to defend himself during a home invasion. Following this incident, Lembo’s landlord forced him to decide what was more important: affordable housing or his right to self-defense.