Down East towns declare themselves 2nd Amendment sanctuaries

Down East towns declare themselves 2nd Amendment sanctuaries

In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, semi-automatic rifles fill a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash. Mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado in March 2021, that left several people dead, have reignited calls from gun control advocates for tighter restrictions on buying firearms and ammunition. A few more Maine towns this month have declared themselves to be Second Amendment sanctuaries, following a trend in which pro-gun advocates are hoping to fend off possible gun control measures from Congress and the state Legislature. In the past month, boards of selectmen in Harrington and Princeton have signed similarly worded resolutions expressing support for their constitutional rights to bear firearms and opposition to any laws that they say would infringe upon those rights. On March 16, residents of Columbia Falls passed a resolution by voice vote at their annual town meeting to declare their town a Second Amendment sanctuary. An official with the Maine Gun Safety Coalition said Tuesday that the resolutions are a continuation of an effort that began a few years ago in which state, county or municipal governments publicly declare their support for the Second Amendment. The resolutions have no legal standing, he said, and often are coupled with a declared opposition to any additional gun control measures that resolution proponents say would be “unconstitutional.” “Our general stance is that these are symbolic measures that have no force of effect,” Geoff Bickford, executive director of the coalition, said Tuesday. “They’re just pieces of paper as far […]

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