More Maine towns consider becoming 2nd Amendment sanctuaries, even as how it would be enforced remains unclear

More Maine towns consider becoming 2nd Amendment sanctuaries, even as how it would be enforced remains unclear

Credit: Natalie Williams / BDN Red flag laws, invasive gun registration initiatives and a growing fear of proposed legislative firearms restrictions have spawned a burgeoning Second Amendment sanctuary movement intent on preserving the “right to keep and bear arms.” And while there are only two such designated towns in Maine — Fort Fairfield and Paris — more local governments are considering passing gun sanctuary resolutions. “Brownfield just called me about it,” said Rusty Brackett, chairman of Paris Maine’s select board. And Fort Fairfield town leaders said several towns have asked to see their resolution after the council declared Fort Fairfield a Second Amendment sanctuary in January. So, what is a Second Amendment sanctuary? While the pronouncements vary, these gun safe havens — declared by towns, cities, counties, states and sheriffs around the nation — are basically created through local resolutions, ordinances and, in some cases, state laws, aimed at pushing back against state and federal gun control measures passed or proposed. Still, as this movement takes root in Maine, it remains unclear how such measures will affect local law enforcement, the sale of guns and ammunition, mental health situations involving guns and the commission of criminal acts. Additionally, a fear-based rush to pass such resolutions without public discussion and discourse could lead to future unintended consequences for municipalities. In Fort Fairfield, Bob Kilcollins, the town councilor who drafted the town’s recently approved resolution, is confident in the town council’s decision as he points to pending federal legislation, H.R. 127, […]

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