Portland council calls for stricter Maine gun laws

Posted Nov. 16, 2010, at 9:51 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland city councilors are calling on the Legislature to prohibit guns in public facilities where large gatherings are held.

The City Council voted 6-1 Monday night in favor of the resolution.

During the public hearing prior to the vote, gun advocates — including several wearing handguns in holsters — argued that allowing people to carry weapons makes for a safer community because they can prevent crime.

But Councilor Dan Skolnik, who proposed the resolution, said guns create fear and anxiety and that there’s no good reason to carry a firearm into events at places like the Cumberland County Civic Center or Merrill Auditorium.

The Portland Press Herald says state law now prohibits guns in courthouses and jails, on school property and in the state Capitol area of Augusta.

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