Caribou narrowly becomes Aroostook’s third Second Amendment sanctuary city

Caribou narrowly becomes Aroostook’s third Second Amendment sanctuary city

The city of Caribou’s caribou statue. (Chris Bouchard | Aroostook Republican) CARIBOU, Maine — Caribou City Council narrowly voted in favor of becoming a Second Amendment sanctuary city on March 22. The resolution sends the message that the city is opposed to any unconstitutional restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms for its residents. Caribou is now the third municipality in Aroostook County and the fourth in Maine to become a Second Amendment sanctuary city. Fort Fairfield was the first in The County , making the declaration on Jan. 20, and Van Buren did the same on March 2 . Paris passed its resolution in 2019. And while the other two Aroostook towns passed the resolution unanimously, Caribou’s city council was split on the matter. The topic was first brought to the council on March 8 . Mayor Jody Smith said Deputy Mayor Thomas Ayer suggested putting the item on the agenda for council’s consideration, and that he supported the resolution. Four of the seven councilors expressed support for the resolution during the first read. Ayer and councilor Doug Morrell in particular explained their position during this meeting. “What we’re saying is, when it comes to the grand scheme of things, coming in and taking our firearms, any sort of magazine restriction — we’re saying you can’t do it,” Ayer said in early March. Morrell, during this meeting, said he was “150 percent” behind the resolution, adding that stopping gun crimes is just as futile as the […]

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