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Second Amendment Victory Celebration
March 4, 3:00p - 6:00p, SAM Headquarters, Augusta

Come celebrate the defeat of Question 3 and the victory for gun rights with your fellow Gun Owners of Maine and Sportsman's Alliance of Maine members and volunteer.  Share stories, an informal meal, and prepare for the challenges in the 128th Legislature.

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128th Maine Legislature in Session

New Legislature Brings New Opportunities, New Threats

Legislators have submitted their bill requests for the 128th Maine Legislature, and both pro- and anti-gun bills are represented.  Here are some of the gun-related bill titles, known at this time:

  • An Act To Prohibit the Discharge of Firearms near Childcare Facilities Licensed by the State
  • An Act To Amend Maine's Concealed Weapons Laws
  • An Act To Enhance Safety on College and University Campuses by Allowing Firearms To Be Carried on the Campuses of Public Colleges and Universities
  • An Act To Lower the Age Requirement To Carry a Concealed Handgun
  • An Act To Create the Maine Firearm Ban Enforcement Act
  • An Act To Provide a Source of Funding for Drug Abuse Resistance Education
  • An Act To Prohibit the Creation of a Firearms Owner Registry
  • An Act To Strengthen Maine Citizens' Right to Self Defense
  • An Act To Allow Nonviolent Felons To Have Their Right To Bear Firearms Restored
  • An Act To Require Gun Locks with New Firearm Sales
  • An Act To Prohibit Possession of Black Powder and Muzzle-loading Firearms by Certain Persons
  • An Act To Repeal the Provision of Law Requiring Disclosure of the Possession of a Firearm under Certain Circumstances
  • An Act To Improve Public Safety
  • An Act To Increase Firearm Safety
  • An Act To Require Background Checks on All Private Sales of Firearms
  • An Act To Repeal Certain Restrictions on the Sale or Purchase of Firearms
  • An Act To Require Background Checks for Sales of Firearms
  • An Act To Allow Municipalities To Prohibit Weapons at Municipal Public Proceedings and Polling Places

2016 Defensive Priority:
Maine Voters Reject NYC-Billionaire-Backed Private Firearm Sale Ban

On Election Day, Maine voters stood up against the multi-million dollar campaign by billionaire and former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg to impose New York-style gun controls on the people of Maine.  Thanks to the Herculean efforts of volunteers all across the state from Gun Owners of Maine and our partner, the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, and with help from the National Rifle Association, we were able to expose the lies and ulterior motives of the out-of-state forces that sought to impose their will on our state.

Gun Owners of Maine extends a heartfelt "Thank you" to all the volunteers who worked to get the word out to the family, friends, and neighbors, and preserve our right to keep and bear arms.



Maine Sheriffs Announce Formal Opposition to Question 3
Ballot Initiative Will Not Stop Criminals from Acquiring Guns

Today the undersigned Sheriffs in the state of Maine announce our formal opposition to Question 3, a ballot initiative expanding firearm background checks that will appear on the ballot this fall.

We strongly believe the people of Maine should know that the Chief Law Enforcement Officer from twelve of the sixteen counties who are elected to protect your families and homes do not support the Question 3. [More...]



Maine Warden Service Warns Question 3 is Bad for Mainers

The Maine Warden Service, the law enforcement bureau of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, is concerned that Question 3, if approved by the voters, will have negative impacts on some individuals who hunt and trap in Maine. Most importantly, this ballot question is written in such a way that it will be difficult—if not impossible—for Wardens to enforce. [More...]



Bucky Owen Owes V. Paul Reynolds an Apology
Former DIFW Commissioner wrote attack piece over Question 3

On July 24, 2016, Bucky Owen, former commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife under Governor Angus King wrote a column in the Lewiston Sun Journal titled, “Get the facts about question 3”. In this article Owen arrogantly attacked the integrity and intelligence of outdoor writer V. Paul Reynolds who had written an earlier column in the Lewiston paper opposing Question 3. [Read more]



Summerhaven Range News!

IF&W is seeking volunteers to help reopen and operate the Summerhaven Range in north Augusta, which was shut down temporarily some months ago.  More information.

Maine Concealed Handgun Permits 
now recognized in Florida

Maine residents holding a Maine Concealed Handgun Permit will now also be able to carry a handgun in the State of Florida, as a result of legislation passed in 2015 with the support of Gun Owners of Maine.  



Maine Concealed Handgun Permits now recognized in Georgia

Maine residents holding a Maine Concealed Handgun Permit will now also be able to carry a handgun in the State of Georgia, as a result of legislation passed in 2015 with the support of Gun Owners of Maine.  






 
Maine Concealed Handgun Permits now Recognized in New Hampshire

Maine residents holding a Maine Concealed Handgun Permit will now also be able to carry a handgun in the State of New Hampshire, as a result of legislation passed in 2015 with the support of Gun Owners of Maine.  For more information, read the press release here.



SAFER Maine is online!

SAFER Maine, the Statewide Access to Firearms Education and Resources project, is now online.SAFER is a free online resource which provides a Basic Handgun Safety and Introduction to Concealed Carry distance learning course, perfect for those who want to take advantage of Maine's new Constitutional Carry law, which goes into effect October 15, 2015.

 


Constitutional Carry is Now the Law in Maine

Constitutional Carry became the law in Maine on October 15, 2015; if you are 21 years of age or more (18+ if active duty or honorably discharged US military) and are not otherwise prohibited from possessing or carrying a firearm, you can now exercise your right to bear arms without obtaining a permit.


To learn all what you need to know to carry a gun lawfully and safely, sign up for our 100% free online SAFER Basic Handgun Safety and Introduction to Concealed Carry course.


          

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  Join us and add your voice to ours. Our voice grows stronger with every new member! As a community we can ensure that our rights shall not be infringed! 

Gun Owners of Maine, On The Air!

Watch our 10/15/2015 interview with Jon James on Moose 92, the day Constitutional Carry became law, and get the facts. If you want to take advantage of the new law, sign up for our absolutely free online SAFER Basic Handgun Safety and Introduction to Concealed Carry course.



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