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Maine Media Wants to Hear from NRA Members

Monday, June 12, 2023

Maine Media Wants to Hear from NRA Members

Over the next few weeks, the Maine Legislature will be holding votes on several dangerous anti-gun bills. The Maine media wants to know what gun-owners think of these bills. We need YOU to make your voice heard to balance their news coverage.

Making your voice heard is simple and can be done from the comfort of your own home. Below are links and numbers you can use to contact key media outlets in Maine and tell them what you think.

CALL OR TEXT

Howie Carr Show:                             TEXT: 63566                          CALL: 1-800-966-1039

Ray Richardson Show:                       TEXT: 207-409-6172             CALL:  207-775-1310

Matt Gagnon Morning Show:             TEXT: 43414                          CALL:  207-879-9426

Maine Public Radio                            CALL: 1-800-884-1717

SUBMIT LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Bangor Daily News

Portland Press Herald

Lewiston Sun Journal

Kennebec Journal

In addition to contacting the Maine media to weigh in on this important issue, please contact lawmakers by clicking TAKE ACTION below to tell them to oppose any and all anti-gun legislation!

Below is a list of key bills that impact your Second Amendment rights in Maine. Tell the Maine media that law-abiding Mainers do NOT support legislation that will infringe your rights!

LD 22 is an overly broad bill that purports to ban straw purchases, which are already illegal under federal law. The MAJORITY report puts Maine out of alignment with federal law regarding the sale of antique firearms. This bill potentially entraps retailers and firearm dealers when they sell these antique firearms. For a state with a muzzleloading hunting season, this is of significant concern for sportsmen and sports women across Maine. To avoid this issue, it is critical to vote AGAINST THE MAJORITY REPORT to avoid conflicting state and federal laws.

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. Why would we impose waiting periods on individuals who already lawfully own a firearm?

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. Mainers have rejected similar legislation at the polls already.

LD 1000 directs the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife to establish a working group to review firearm range safety and access to firearm safety information in the State. This legislation is the first step towards rolling back important shooting range protection laws in Maine. Shooting ranges provide a safe environment for law-abiding individuals to learn, practice, and train. They should not be regulated out of existence.

LD 1011 requires law abiding gun owners who are victims of theft, to report the stolen firearm within 72 hours of when the owner knew or “should have known” it was lost or stolen. Rather than deter fraudulent gun sales, this bill would turn victims of gun theft into criminals and make people whose guns have been lost or stolen hesitant to assist police for fear of prosecution.

LD 1340 bans legal “rapid-fire modification devices” that are already commonly owned and in use by Mainers. These devices include but are not limited to bump stocks and binary triggers that are used in a wide array of legal activities, including competitive and recreational shooting. Possession of such devices would be a Class D crime.

LD 1696 creates a “course of action” against firearm manufacturers and retailers whose firearms are used in criminal activity. This law attempts to evade the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (“PLCAA”). The PLCAA protects members of the firearm industry from being held responsible for the third-party misuse of products they manufacture or sell. Implementing such a system would be an unfair and egregious overstep by the State and would shut down firearm commerce in Maine overnight.

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