Current Legislation

LD 1370        Campus Carry      


MGSC OPPOSES LD 1370. Read our testimony
Work session on May 11, 2PM, education committee

The gun lobby wants to take away the ability of public universities in Maine to decide whether or not to allow guns on campus. This bill will allow anyone over 21 to carry a concealed weapon to school — no permit, no background check, no training required. 18-year-olds with a permit will also be allowed to carry a concealed weapon to class. 

Research shows that guns on college campuses will lead to increased gun violence - including accidents, suicides, domestic violence, and sexual assault. We believe it should be left up to each individual college community in Maine to decide what is best for the safety and security of its students, staff, and faculty. A firearms policy that works for Orono may not work for Portland or Presque Isle, but the gun lobby in Augusta shouldn't get to dictate policies that threaten critical debate & the free exchange of ideas.

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Click here to learn more about campus carry.

Presented by Rep. Cebra of Naples. Cosponsored by Sen. Brakey of Androscoggin, Rep. Espling of New Gloucester, Rep. Harrington of Sanford, Rep. Kinney of Knox, Rep. Lockman of Amherst, Rep. O'Connor of Berwick, Rep. Sanderson of Chelsea, Rep. Timberlake of Turner, Sen. Davis of Piscataquis. 


LD 1175  Extreme Risk Protection Order

Criminal justice committee issued divided reports on April 28

MGSC SUPPORTS LD 1175. Read our testimony. 
The bill authorizes judges to temporarily suspend access to firearms by a person in emotional crisis by issuing an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO).

An ERPO empowers families and law enforcement to prevent tragedies and save lives. This tool allows family members and law enforcement to ask a judge to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms if there is documented evidence that an individual poses a serious threat of violence to themselves or others. Family members and law enforcement are often in the best position to recognize the warning signs of violence and creating an ERPO will provide a tool to prevent a tragedy before it’s too late.

More people die in Maine from suicide than homicide, with someone dying from suicide every 39 hours. In Maine, suicide is the second leading cause of death for individuals ages 15-34. Most individuals who commit suicide and mass shootings exhibit signs of their intentions, but current laws prevent families who are the first to notice warning signs from taking life-saving action. Extreme Risk Protection Orders provide an opportunity to intervene before it is too late. 

Click here to learn more about Extreme Risk Protection Orders.

Presented by Sen. Dion of Cumberland. Cosponsored by Rep. Warren of Hallowell, Sen. Chipman of Cumberland, Sen. Hill of York, Rep. Reckitt of South Portland, Rep. Sanborn of Portland, Rep. Spear of South Thomaston.


LD 44     Permitless Teenage Concealed Carry

MGSC OPPOSES LD 44. READ OUR TESTIMONY.

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Accepted Majority ONTP Report, 4/25/17

This bill will allow teenagers to carry a concealed handgun without a permit, training or a background check. In 2015, the Maine legislature eliminated the requirement to obtain a permit to carry concealed firearms. Currently, individuals must be 21 years of age to carry a concealed handgun. LD 44 will lower this age to 18.

Compared to individuals in their mid-twenties, 18 year olds are more impulsive, thrill-seeking, and vulnerable to negative influences such as peer pressure. During these pivotal years, adolescents also typically begin experimenting with alcohol and drugs – both important risk factors for gun violence.

It has only been 18 months since Maine’s permitless concealed carry experiment went into effect, yet the gun lobby is planning to once again weaken our concealed carry laws. Both the Maine Chiefs of Police Association and the Maine Sheriffs Association opposed removing the permit requirement for adults, citing concerns that it would put the public and police at risk. Before the legislature once again changes our concealed carry laws, they should study the public safety impacts of the 2015 reforms.

Presented by Sen. Brakey of Androscoggin. Cosponsored by Rep. Cebra of Naples, Rep. O'Connor of Berwick, Rep. Sanderson of Chelsea.


LD 351   Allows Municipalities to Prohibit Weapons at Municipal Public Proceedings and Voting Places

MGSC SUPPORTS LD 351.

OUTCOME: OUGHT TO PASS IN COMMITTEE. Awaiting floor vote
Criminal Justice reported out OTP-AM on 4/26/17

This bill preserves local control by allowing each community to decide whether they want to allow or prohibit guns at the polls and municipal public proceedings. Public safety laws should be left to each community to decide, rather than by lawmakers sitting in a State House surrounded by metal detectors.

Click here to tell your representatives to honor Maine's long tradition of municipal home rule. 


Click here to learn more about LD 351.

Presented by Rep. Spear of South Thomaston. Cosponsored by Senator Millett of Cumberland, Sen. Miramant of Knox, Rep. Fecteau of Biddeford, Rep. Babbidge of Kennebunk, Rep. Blume of York, Rep. Beebe-Center of Rockland, Rep. Kumiega of Deer Isle, Rep. Rykerson of Kittery


LD 1469 Punishing Businesses and Homeowners that Choose to Prohibit Firearms

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Unanimous ONTP by criminal justice committee on May 8

MGSC OPPOSES LD 1469. Read our testimony.

LD 1469 is an extreme bill that threatens the right of businesses and homeowners to decide if they want to allow or restrict the carrying of firearms by customers and guests. If a business or homeowner chooses to prohibit guns on their property, they can be sued if anything bad happens on their property such as a wild animal attack, or "artificial and natural hazards." The language is written so broadly that it doesn't matter if there is no proof that a gun could have made a difference.

We should respect the rights of property owners who sincerely believe that their families are safer without guns in the home. Encouraging expensive and contentious litigation between friends and neighbors is a poor way to  promote public safety.  

If our Senators and Representatives were truly concerned for public safety, they would flip the bill and make businesses liable if they did allow guns and a shooting happened. The best academic evidence shows that more people carrying concealed weapons leads to increased rates of aggravated assaults and murder. Businesses and homeowners should be free to decide how best to protect their customers and employees from gun violence.

Presented by Rep. Kinney of Knox. Cosponsored by Rep. Ward of Dedham, Sen. Brakey of Androscoggin, Rep. Cebra of Naples, Rep. O'Connor of Berwick, Rep. Skolfield of Weld, Rep. Stetkis of Canaan, Rep. Sutton of Warren, Rep. Wood of Greene, Sen. Davis of Piscataquis.


LD 1332   Prohibit Possession of Black Powder and Muzzle-loading Firearms by Certain Persons

Voted Ought to Pass as Amended by criminal justice committee on May 3
MGSC SUPPORTS LD 1132.

Under current law, the Commissioner of Public Safety can grant a felon prohibited from possessing firearms a permit to own a black powder gun. According to the bill summary, LD 1332 "repeals the provisions in law allowing a person convicted of certain crimes that involve the use of a firearm against a person or any other dangerous person to obtain a permit to carry a nonconcealed firearm 5 years after the discharge of the person's sentence 21 through an application process with the commissioner."

Read sponsor Rep. Herrick's testimony.

Presented by Rep. Herrick of Paris. Cosponsored by Sen. Cyrway of Kennebec, Rep. Corey of Windham, Rep. Dillingham of Oxford, Rep. Gerrish of Lebanon, Rep. Longstaff of Waterville, Rep. Marean of Hollis, Rep. Reckitt of South Portland, Rep. Warren of Hallowell, Sen. Diamond of Cumberland.


LD 988   Guns in School Parking Lots

MGSC OPPOSES LD 998
Work session on May 11, 2PM, education committee

This bill will allow guns in parking lots of all public schools and some private schools in Maine. The Maine Gun Safety Coalition does not believe guns belong in schools - even their parking lots. Every month, we see dozens of stories about gun violence in school parking lots, including in Maine.

The Maine School Boards Association and Maine School Superintendents Association oppose this bill. The Maine School Management Association testified, "We also believe that an absolute prohibition of guns on schools grounds except for the few exceptions already in law make a tragedy a little less likely to happen. And, it maintains that bright line to discourage future encroachments on a law, which is not a panacea, but one step in protecting our children from what is no longer the unimaginable."

The State of Maine Department of Education raised several concerns about LD 988 at the public hearing, "This bill raises complex and interrelated questions that include: Does this bill conflict with the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act? How would police enforce the law? Is there potential for the Department to loose federal funds? The Department of Education testifies that we oppose loss of federal funds for Maine schools. The Department strongly encourages and supports seeking a legal opinion on L.D. 988."

Presented by Rep. Herrick of Paris. Cosponsored by Sen. Cyrway of Kennebec, Rep. Corey of Windham, Rep. Dillingham of Oxford, Rep. Gerrish of Lebanon, Rep. Longstaff of Waterville, Rep. Marean of Hollis, Rep. Reckitt of South Portland, Rep. Warren of Hallowell, Sen. Diamond of Cumberland.


LD  1401    An Act To Allow Nonviolent Felons To Own Firearms at the Court's Discretion

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Criminal justice committee voted ONTP on May 8

Ready MGSC's testimony neither in support nor opposition
An individual is prohibited from possessing a firearm if they have been convicted of a Maine or federal law that is punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year. LD 1401 will allow a court to let nonviolent felons to buy and possess guns at a judge's discretion. More information about Maine's laws concerning prohibited purchasers is available at The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 

Presented by Senate Democratic Leader Troy D. Jackson of Aroostook. Cosponsored by Rep. Martin of Eagle Lake, Sen. Diamond of Cumberland, Sen. Mason of Androscoggin, Rep. Grohman of Biddeford, and Hanington of Lincoln.


LD  11    Constitutional Amendment to Establish a Right to Hunt

Tabled on May 4 by IF&W committee

LD 11 proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to state that the right to hunt may not be infringed. It provides exceptions for reasonable laws and rules that promote wildlife conservation, maintaining natural resources, and rules necessary for preserving the future of hunting. It does not mention an exception allowing reasonable laws and rules that protect public safety.

Read the testimony of Maine Municipal Association and the testimony of Department of IF&W

Presented by Rep. Wood of Greene. Cosponsored by Rep. Ward of Dedham, Sen. Jackson of Aroostook, Rep. Dunphy of Old Town, Rep. Farrin of Norridgewock, Rep. Grohman of Biddeford, Rep. Harvell of Farmington, Rep. Martin of Sinclair, Rep. O'Connor of Berwick, Rep. Pierce of Dresden, Rep. Simmons of Waldoboro. 


LD 1154    Voluntary Method of Determining Whether a Purchaser of a Firearm Is Prohibited from Possessing a Firearm without a Background Check

DEAD: Withdrawn by Sponsor on April 26
MGSC DOES NOT SUPPORT OR OPPOSE LD 1154

LD 1154 will allow individuals to ask the Secretary of State to verify they are not disqualified from possessing a firearm when applying for a driver's license. If the applicant is not disqualified, the license will have a special mark. The bill's sponsor hopes this voluntary method will aid in private gun sales. 

Presented by Rep. Casas of Rockport. Co-sponsored by Sen. Miramant of Knox, Rep. Hanington of Lincoln, Rep. of Bar Harbor, Sen. Carpenter of Aroostook, Sen. Gratwick of Penobscot.


LD 9       Prohibits the Creation of a Firearms Owner Registry

OUTCOME: OUGHT TO PASS after amended to address our public safety concerns. Read our testimony.
Criminal Justice committee voted on 3/24/17

This bill prohibits a Maine government agency from creating lists of gun owners or privately owned firearms. At the national level, there is no comprehensive national system of gun registration. In fact, federal law prohibits using the background check system to create any system of registration of firearms or firearm owners.

Maine Gun Safety Coalition is not advocating for the creation of a registry of law-abiding firearm owners, but we cannot support this bill because it will have dangerous, unintended consequences. The broad language in this bill will make it difficult for law enforcement to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers who are prohibited under state and federal law from possessing firearms. It will also make it more difficult for law enforcement to track stolen guns, comply with court orders, and accept the voluntary surrender of a firearm by its owner. 

We recommend that the bill language be redrafted to focus exclusively on the issue the sponsors are trying to address, rather than unnecessarily tying the hands of our brave public servants who share our desire to create a safer Maine.

Presented by Rep. Corey of Windham. Cosponsored by Sen. Diamond of Cumberland, Sen. Collins of York, Sen. Cushing of Penobscot, Rep. Martin of Sinclair, Rep. Herrick of Paris, Rep. Stanley of Medway, Rep. Alley of Beals, Rep. Espling of New Gloucester, Rep. Pierce of Dresden


LD 574   Eliminates Duty to Inform Law Enforcement of the Presence of a Concealed Handgun if Detained

MGSC OPPOSED LD 574 AND TESTIFIED AGAINST IT.

OUTCOME: UNANIMOUS OUGHT NOT TO PASS
Criminal Justice committee voted on 3/24/17

This bill eliminates the requirement that a person in possession of a concealed handgun without a permit to inform the law enforcement officer of the presence of the weapon during an arrest, routine traffic stop or other detainment.

Presented by Sen. Brakey of Androscoggin. Cosponsored by Rep. Martin of Eagle Lake, Rep. Cebra of Naples, Rep. Farrin of Norridgewock, Rep. Marean of Hollis, Rep. Stetkis of Canaan


LD 350   Repeals Requirement that Gun Dealers Show Law Enforcement Firearms Transaction Record

OUTCOME: OUGHT TO PASS after amended to remove our concerns
Criminal Justice committee voted on 3/24/17

This bill repeals the law that requires a firearms dealer who sells, lets or loans a firearm to make a copy of the form the dealer must keep pursuant to federal law and to show that copy to a law enforcement officer or prosecuting attorney.

Presented by Rep. Harvell of Farmington


LD 343   Prohibits Firearm Discharge Near State-owned Boat Launching Ramps

OUTCOME: OUGHT NOT TO PASS
Criminal Justice committee voted on 3/24/17

This bill makes discharging a firearm within 300 feet of a state-owned boat launching ramp a Class E crime.

Presented by Sen. Davis of Piscataquis. Cosponsored by Rep. Martin of Sinclair, Sen. Dow of Lincoln, Sen. Saviello of Franklin, Rep, Black of Wilton


LD 352   Gun Locks with New Firearm Sales

OUTCOME: REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON TAXATION
Criminal Justice committee voted on 3/24/17

This bill requires a firearm dealer to sell a gun lock with every new firearm the retail dealer sells.  Trigger locks are an inexpensive safety device that enclose the trigger guards of most guns so that the trigger cannot be pulled. Trigger locks prevent accidental discharge by children, theft, and fatal suicides. Learn more about Maine Gun Safety Coalition’s Free Trigger Locks Program.  

Presented by Rep. Rykerson of Kittery. Cosponsored by Reps. Ackley of Monmouth, Alley of Beals, Cooper of Yarmouth, Hymanson of York, Schneck of Bangor, Spear of South Thomaston, Sen. Chipman of Cumberland, Sen. Dion of Cumberland


LD 501   An Act to Increase Firearm Safety

OUTCOME: DEAD
Maine Senate 4/4/17

Under current law, an individual can purchase and carry a concealed handgun without any gun safety training or test of basic firearm safety knowledge. LD 501 requires a person attempting to purchase a firearm to show proof of having successfully completed an approved firearm safety course.

Presented by Sen. Miramant of Knox. Cosponsored by Rep. Rykerson of Kittery, Rep. Beebe-Center, of Rockland, Rep. Blume of York, Rep. Devin of Newcastle, Rep. Cooper of Yarmouth, Rep. Warren of Hallowell, Rep. Grant of Gardiner.


LD 443   Allows Municipally Funded Hospitals to Prohibit Firearms

OUTCOME: WITHDRAWN BY SPONSOR 

This bill allows a municipally funded hospital to restrict the possession or use of firearms and firearms-related items on property used by the municipally funded hospital.

Presented by Sen. Davis of Piscataquis. Cosponsored by Rep. Higgins of Dover-Foxcroft, Sen. Jackson of Aroostook, Rep. McElwee of Caribou


LD 574   Eliminates Duty to Inform Law Enforcement of the Presence of a Concealed Handgun if Detained

MGSC OPPOSED LD 574 AND TESTIFIED AGAINST IT.

OUTCOME: UNANIMOUS OUGHT NOT TO PASS
Criminal Justice committee voted on 3/24/17

This bill eliminates the requirement that a person in possession of a concealed handgun without a permit to inform the law enforcement officer of the presence of the weapon during an arrest, routine traffic stop or other detainment.

Presented by Sen. Brakey of Androscoggin. Cosponsored by Rep. Martin of Eagle Lake, Rep. Cebra of Naples, Rep. Farrin of Norridgewock, Rep. Marean of Hollis, Rep. Stetkis of Canaan


LD 598  Eliminates Duty to Inform Law Enforcement of the Presence of a Concealed Handgun if Detained

MGSC OPPOSED LD 574. BILL WITHDRAWN BEFORE ABLE TO TESTIFY.

OUTCOME: UNANIMOUS OUGHT NOT TO PASS
Criminal Justice committee voted on 3/24/17

This bill is almost identical to LD 574, except a person in possession of a concealed handgun without a permit must still inform law enforcement of the presence of the weapon during an arrest, but not a traffic stop or other detainment.

Presented by Rep. Cebra of Naples. Cosponsored by Sen. Brakey of Androscoggin, Rep. O’Connor of Berwick, Rep. Timberlake of Turner.


LD 595   Prohibits a Law Enforcement Officer from Confiscating a Firearm under Certain Conditions

OUTCOME: OUGHT NOT TO PASS
Criminal Justice committee voted on 3/24/17

This bill prohibits a law enforcement officer from ordering a subordinate officer to seize or confiscate a firearm or firearm accessory or ammunition in the possession of a resident of Maine.  

Presented by Rep. Guerin of Glenburn. Cosponsored by Rep. Bradstreet of Vassalboro, Rep. Cebra of Naples, Rep. Johansen of Monticello, Rep. Marean of Hollis, Rep. Reed of Carmel, Rep. Sutton of Warren, Sen. Rosen of Hancock.