Portland Officials Propose Banning Guns In Public Places
Proposal Set To Be Voted On In November
PORTLAND, Maine -- Portland city officials have thrown their support behind a proposal to ban guns in public buildings in Maine.
The city's Public Safety Committee heard arguments both for and against the idea at a public hearing Tuesday night.
City councilors are considering drafting a resolution that asks the state to amend current laws to prohibit guns in places where crowds gather. In Portland, that would include venues like Fitzpatrick Stadium, the Expo and City Hall.
Forest Brown with the Maine Open Carry Association said that proposal steps on his rights as a U.S. citizen.
"I have effectively been taxed to exercise my Second Amendment rights and I will reject any legislation which seeks to broaden such encroachment," Brown said.
William Harwood with Citizens Against Handgun Violence also spoke Tuesday night, saying that he hopes to take the proposal to a vote.
"We appreciate and support the efforts you are making here. We are very hopeful that you will ask the delegation to take this to Augusta so that it can be considered in January by the new legislature," Harwood said.
The resolution would include special provisions for people like police officers, WMTW News 8 reported.
The full council will vote next month. If the proposal passes, it will then go to state lawmakers in Augusta who have to decide whether to amend current gun laws.