In the near future, the Legislative Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety will be releasing a divided “Ought to Pass” report on Legislative Document 351, sponsored by state Representative John Spear (D-92). This proposal would allow municipalities to prohibit firearm owners from carrying during municipal public proceedings and in polling places. Currently, individuals can lawfully carry a firearm into a polling place and other public buildings where it is not prohibited under state or federal law. Legislative Document 351 seeks to remove one constitutional right while an individual is exercising another by prohibiting the carry of a firearm for self-defense while voting.
This is not only an attack on the right to self-defense for Maine citizens and gun owners but an attack on the current law governing the preemption of firearms and ammunition. The Maine Legislature preempted the regulation of firearms and ammunition to ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout the state. Without “preemption” there would be a myriad of local firearm laws making compliance impossible for law-abiding gun owners. In fact, gun owners would have difficulty even knowing about laws, much less understanding them.
Legislative Document 351 could be voted on by the House of Representatives as early as next week. Please contact your state Representative and your state Senator and urge them to OPPOSE LD 351! Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state legislators!