Gun Bills signed by Governor June 21. Thanks for all the help.
A few pro-gun bills are moving in the Maine Legislature and will be heard in the House in the next week or so.
•Legislative Document 35 is employee protection legislation.
Introduced by state Representative Richard Cebra (R-Naples), Legislative Document 35 would prohibit an employer from banning an employee with a valid concealed firearms permit from keeping a firearm in the employee's vehicle as long as the vehicle is locked and the firearm is not visible. This legislation would protect your right to keep a firearm in your car for self-defense, hunting, or target shooting before or after work.
For anyone "on the fence about this bill, let me explain something. If an employer does not allow you to have your legally owned firearm locked safely in your vehicle at work, it means you are unable to protect yourself from the time you leave home to the time you get back home. To make it clear, if my wife was working a late shift and had a 50 mile drive, I would hate for her to break down at 2:00am with no chance to defend herself. This is what this bill is all about. NO law or policy stops bad people from having and doing whatever they want, whenever they want, and forcing only the law abiding people to disarm accomplishes nothing positive. This should be a "no brainer" and needs to pass. No one deserves to be unprotected if they desire to be, due to the simple fact their car is in a parking lot while they are making their living.
•Legislative Document 1347 would expand the right-to-carry.
Legislative Document 1347, also introduced by Representative Cebra, would eliminate the prohibition on concealed carry permit holders carrying a concealed firearm in state parks and historic sites, premises licensed for the consumption of alcohol, and state property under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Safety and the Legislative Council.
This situation is just like the one above. The only people who have firearms in any of these places are those breaking the law. They already do it and no little sign in the lawn or on the wall will stop them. If they decide that they want to take someone's life it will have no positive effect (quite the opposite really) if NO LAW ABIDING PEOPLE can defend themself. Before any of the liberal anti-gun whiners come up with their Handgun Control Talking Points, please think about this. Every mass murder that has happened in recent memory has been in a place where "No Guns are Allowed". The Long Island Railroad where Colin Fergisun shot people until HE decided it was over. Luby's Cafeteria in Texas where the gunman killed numerous people until HE decided it was over. Columbine School where 2 madmen whacko students killed several people until THEY decided it was over. The Virginia Tech Shooting where a single armed man shot and killes several people until HE decided it was over. The Fort Hood shooting where 31 people were shot with over a dozen dead because no one could defend themself. These are real and they happen. Fortunately they don't happen too often and that is the excuse we hear by the irrational anti-gunners. I can assure you that at all these places of mass murder, where it was their first time too, by the way, a good guy with the ability to save several lives would have been welcomed. Bad guys don't follow signs that ask them not to break the law.
Legislators are being inundated with phone calls from opposition; therefore, our legislators need to hear from us ASAP! Please contact your state Representative TODAY and urge him or her to support LD 35, and LD 1347 and post this all over the place. Ask everyone you know to help these common sense bills (that came out of committee "Ought to Pass") become law.
Thanks for your help.