AUGUSTA – A far-reaching effort to impose what Maine gun rights advocates called a ‘gun control tsunami’ has been defeated with the end of the Maine Legislature’s 2019 legislative session.
AUGUSTA, Maine — In a late Legislature session that went into the early hours Thursday, June 20, Governor Mills signed into law 78 bills and one that will tighten gun control in Maine.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers worked through the night and into the early hours Thursday morning as they tried to get some final high-stakes bills passed before the end of the legislative session.
The Legislature rejected a bill (LD 379) that would make it a Class E crime, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, to keep unlocked firearms in a house where a minor is present and the minor gains access to the gun and uses it. Rep. Vicki Doudera (D-Camden), the sponsor of the bill, noted that guns have killed 14,000 American youths in the last decade with more than a third of the deaths classified as suicides and 6 percent as accidents. She pointed to the death last year of an 8-year-old Oakland boy who died handling his father’s shotgun and the 2017 death of a 5-year-old Belfast girl who got ahold of her father’s handgun.
About 50 students gathered outside Deering High School on Friday to rally in support of stricter gun control regulations.
AUGUSTA — A legislative committee endorsed a bill Tuesday to require background checks on all private firearm sales in Maine, whether they are made at a gun show or in response to a classified ad.
Firearms are the second leading cause of death in children in the United States. In the last decade, more than 14,000 American youth were killed by guns, with more than a third of those deaths classified as suicides and approximately 6 percent as accidents, many of which happen to children in their own homes.
How can we prevent gun deaths in Maine? More than 170 Mainers were killed by guns in 2017–and nearly 90% of those deaths were suicides. Maine’s gun death rate per capita is more than three times that of New York or Massachusetts, according to the CDC.
Hundreds showed up at the State House in Augusta on Monday to weigh in on legislation that supporters say is crafted to curb gun violence in Maine.
I am writing in support of LD 1312, the “red flag” bill, or extreme risk protection order bill, introduced by Sen. Rebecca Millett. This bill will be discussed at a Judiciary Committee hearing on April 22. I have asked my state senator, Lisa Keim, to support the legislation.
The well-being of our children ought to be our top priority. As a parent and a lawmaker, I know these policies are highly personal, but they’re also critically important. It’s heartbreaking to read about the high rate of suicide in our state – especially youth suicide – when I know we can do more to prevent this tragedy. A common-sense “red flag” bill that balances the safety of our communities and the rights of responsible gun owners will save lives.
Crossposted with permission from StopGunMadness.org
An Act To Enhance Personal and Public Safety by Requiring Evaluations of and Judicial Hearings for Persons in Protective Custody Regarding Risk of Harm and Restricting Access to Dangerous Weapons