Maine lawmakers listen to testimony on 6 new gun bills

Maine lawmakers listen to testimony on 6 new gun bills

Lawmakers listened to testimony on a total of six different firearm-related bills Monday in Augusta. (WGME) PORTLAND (WGME) — Lawmakers listened to testimony on a total of six different firearm-related bills Monday in Augusta. Some of the bills cover familiar topics like background checks and banning bump stocks. Gun rights activists are hoping most of the bills will fail. Gun rights activists say they’re unhappy with some of the bills up for discussion Monday. One measure would change the definition of "machine guns" to include bump stocks, a device that allows a gun to rapidly fire. The bill would make owning them a Class D crime. "Bump stocks essentially make it possible to slaughter human beings," Rep. Sam Zager (D-Portland) said. Opponents say it’s not the device that’s dangerous. "I can take it and shoot a semi-automatic and just pull the trigger just as fast if not faster than a bump stock," Rep. Richard Pickett (R-Dixfield) said. Another bill would ban "ghost guns," or guns that are made of undetectable materials such as plastic. The measure would prevent them from being made or owned without a registration. While supporters call it a no brainer, opponents question how relevant it is to Maine. "There isn’t a lot in the news about people perpetrating crimes with these types of firearms, so for us it’s kind of a non-issue," Laura B. Parker of Gun Owners of Maine said. There is also a split over a bill that would require background checks to […]

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