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Maine: Anti-Gun Bill Threatens Equal Protection of Right-to-Carry

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Maine: Anti-Gun Bill Threatens Equal Protection of Right-to-Carry

On April 22nd, the Maine State and Local Government Committee will hold a hearing on Legislative Document 1470.  LD 1470 would weaken Maine’s preemption laws to allow local municipalities to create a patchwork of laws, including prohibitions on where law abiding citizens may carry.  Please contact members of the committee and urge them to OPPOSE LD 1470.  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact committee members.

State preemption prevents local governments from enacting their own gun control ordinances and creating a confusing set of laws.  Law-abiding citizens of Maine should enjoy the same rights, regardless of where they reside.  Legislative Document 1470, sponsored by Senator Catherine Breen (D-25), would allow political subdivisions and municipalities to create arbitrary boundaries at public proceedings and polling places where law-abiding citizens are left defenseless against the criminals who ignore such restrictions.  The bill fails to define "public proceedings" and could be interpreted to include festivals, concerts, or voter forums that would take place on property that is neither owned nor controlled by the subdivision.  

Again, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact committee members and urge them to OPPOSE LD 1470.

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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.