On Monday, April 3rd, the Maine Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety will be holding a public hearing on several anti-gun bills. The NRA urges all members to attend the hearing to show your support for the Second Amendment. Hearing information is below:
Committee On Criminal Justice and Public Safety
111 Sewall Street
State House, Room 436
Public Hearing: 1:00PM
In addition to the Public Hearing, gun rights activists from all over Maine will be holding a rally from 11:30AM-12:30PM at the Maine State Capitol. For those looking to participate in that event, please RSVP with organizers by clicking HERE.
This hearing will include several dangerous anti-gun bills, including:
LD 22 is an overly broad bill that puts Maine out of alignment with federal law regarding the sale of antique firearms. This bill classifies these firearms in the same class as all other firearms, resulting in a conflict with how these sales are processed. This would put sellers who follow federal law in violation of state law.
LD 60 delays Second Amendment rights by imposing a three-day waiting period before an individual may receive a firearm that they lawfully purchase, with limited exemptions. There is no evidence that waiting periods reduce violent crime. Instead, this simply denies someone the ability to buy a firearm for urgent self-defense.
LD 168 requires background checks for all private sales of firearms, including those at gun shows or resulting from advertising, with very limited exceptions. It applies to a private sale between two parties – including friends, neighbors, and coworkers, regardless of where the sale takes place. All such transfers – even if the seller knows the recipient is not a prohibited person – would have to be conducted through a federal firearm licensed dealer (FFL), with extensive federal paperwork, payment of an undetermined fee, and approval from the U.S. government.
Those who are unable to attend the hearing in person are strongly urged to submit testimony against these bills by clicking HERE.
For those who would like to send an email to all Committee Members urging them to vote against this legislation, please click the link below.
Thank you to all NRA members who will make their voices heard and will protect the Second Amendment in the Pine Tree State.