June 18, 2018
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Legislative committee likely to start voting on gun bills Monday

By Scott Thistle, Sun Journal

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill that requires a criminal background check before the sale of a firearm at a gun show in Maine, along with several other bills aimed at gun control and gun-owner rights, go before the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Monday.

The committee is expected to vote on several bills.

LD 267, sponsored by the committee’s Senate chairman, Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D–Brunswick, would tighten Maine’s gun show sales. Another bill before the committee, LD 1054, seeks to prohibit the enforcement of any federal restrictions on firearms or ammunition.

Another controversial bill, LD 997, authored by state Senate President Sen. Justin Alfond, D-Portland, would place restrictions on ammunition feeding devices. The measure places limits on clip capacity and also prohibits machine gun-style feeding devices.

Also on the docket is a bill that would promote the safe use and sale of firearms, offered by Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland, the committee’s House chairman.

The bill, LD 1240, includes a firearm safety training requirement, a new prohibition from possession for those who have been admitted to a psychiatric hospital on an emergency basis, and an increase in the fine for those using a fictitious name to purchase a firearm, boosting it from $50 to $1,000.

The bill also increases the minimum age for a concealed handgun permit, moving it from 18 to 21. It also requires background checks for gun show and private firearm sales.

The committee is expected to vote on the bills at 1 p.m. Monday. You can listen to the work session live on the Legislature’s audio feed.

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