Maine: Pro-Gun Lawmakers Block Waiting Period Bill

Gun Rights

This week, the Maine Senate and Maine House held floor votes on LD 60, legislation to impose a 72-hour waiting period on all gun sales in Maine. Thanks to the strong response of NRA members and Second Amendment supporters, the bill was defeated. NRA-ILA would like to thank all lawmakers who defended the Second Amendment for law-abiding citizens in the Pine Tree State.

LD 60 would have delayed Second Amendment rights by imposing a three-day waiting period before an individual may receive a firearm that they lawfully purchased, with limited exemptions. There is no evidence that waiting periods reduce violent crime. Instead, they simply deny someone the ability to buy a firearm for urgent self-defense.

In addition to killing LD 60 on the Senate floor, the Maine Senate also killed the majority report for LD 22, which would have jeopardized the sale of muzzleloader and antique firearms in the State of Maine. LD 22 will receive more votes in the Maine House in the coming days.

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