Maine lawmakers to debate several new gun bills

Maine lawmakers to debate several new gun bills

In Maine, there are several firearm bills up for debate from both Democrats and Republicans. (WGME) PORTLAND (WGME) — After two mass shootings in two weeks, there is renewed attention to gun laws in the U.S. In Maine, there are several firearm bills up for debate from both Democrats and Republicans. There are several gun safety measures up for debate, including a bill to ban bump stocks. The Trump administration changed an ATF rule to make them illegal. "That bill would remain in effect in Maine even if the ATF changed the regulation later," Maine Dun Safety Coalition Executive Director Geoff Bickford said. Another bill would close a background check loophole. "If you bought a gun at a gun show or do an advertised sale, you’d have to go to a federally licensed firearm dealer to get a background check," Bickford said. There’s also a bill to require guns to be locked up or secured so a child couldn’t get to them. "We had an unintentional shooting in Waterville recently where from what we understand from the news reports, another child gained access to a firearm and shot his sibling," Moms Demand Action Maine Legislative Lead Lynn Ellis said. Many of these issues have come up before, but supporters are feeling hopeful with the state’s first gun safety caucus. "Most have submitted bills that will move this along as well," Ellis said. “The Maine Constitution states that you have a right to keep and bear arms and that right […]

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