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Maine: Bill to Shut Down Shooting Ranges Defeated

Monday, February 25, 2019

Maine: Bill to Shut Down Shooting Ranges Defeated

This morning, the Maine State and Local Government Committee held a public hearing on Legislative Document 489, which would have allowed noise ordinances to be used to shut down local shooting ranges.  At the sponsor's request and after hearing input from citizens, the committee opted to protect Maine's sport shooting ranges and voted unanimously "ought not to pass" in committee, effectively killing the bill.

Currently, noise ordinances do not apply to shooting sport ranges under Maine Law.  This legislation would have endangered shooting sport ranges, even if they operate safely and are otherwise in full compliance with the law.  Municipalities could have used these ordinances to effectively shut down the ranges with costly renovations, unreasonable court fees, hiatus, or even closure of operations.  These ranges allow law-abiding individuals to practice their shooting skills in a safe and responsible environment and should not be regulated out of existence.

Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on issues affecting our Second Amendment rights in Maine.

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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.