Wednesday, April 10, 2013

L.D. 265: Maine Lawmakers Attacking Law Abiding Gun Owners

For a couple of weeks now I have sat back and watched as politicians across the nation, both at the state as well as the federal level play Russian roulette with our Second Amendment rights. Yesterday I found out that L.D. 265, sponsored by Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, would repeal a 2011 law in the state of Maine that prohibited employers from barring employees with concealed-handgun permits from leaving concealed handguns in their cars at workplaces.

The 2011 law was common sense. Citizens who have been screened and deemed worthy of having a concealed weapon permit through the state police or other law enforcement entity should not be required to leave their firearms at home. Even if they never have to remove their firearm from their vehicle and use it at work what about the ride to and from? What about the stop at the grocery store? If this bill passes, it in effect castrates concealed permit holders and leaves them unarmed by irresponsible legislation.

According to Gerzofsky, who is also the co-chairman of the Legislature's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, "We are fixing a problem last year that didn't exist."

This is nothing more than a sad attempt by a democrat to once again scratch at the surface of violating state and federal constitutional rights. We aren't talking about criminals. We are talking about trained and permitted law abiding citizens. Gerzofsky and his supporters need to take this bill and burn it, before they start striking matches dangerously close to U.S. Constitution.

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