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Ban hunting rifles? Brakey releases emails showing Maine lawmakers calling for gun ban

Rep. Margaret Craven, writing in response to an inquiry as to whether she would support a ban on most hunting rifles in Maine, along with other gun control proposals. Picture courtesy Free Maine Project.

AUGUSTA – Former State Senator Eric Brakey, one of Maine’s strongest gun rights advocates, has released emails showing powerful Maine lawmakers from the Democratic Party calling to ban a slew of guns in the state, including hunting rifles.

The emails, released by Brakey through his “Free Maine Project” organization, show Rep. Margaret Craven (D – Lewiston), Rep. Janice Cooper (D – Yarmouth) and Rep. Lois Galgay Reckitt (D – South Portland) all responding to an email thread that was sent to every member of the Maine Legislature, and voicing support for a list of gun control initiatives, including a “ban on semi-automatic rifles.”

Rep. Janice Cooper, in her response, suggested that lawmakers would not even amend Maine’s Constitution to ban semi-automatic rifles. Maine’s Constitution was amended in 1987 to read, “Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.”

Rep. Lois Galgay Reckitt (D – South Portland), writing in response to an inquiry as to whether she would support a ban on most hunting rifles in Maine, along with other gun control proposals. Picture courtesy Free Maine Project.

As Brakey points out, Representatives Reckitt and Cooper are not only members of the Maine Legislature, but also members of the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. This means they hold two of the ten House votes in the Maine House of Representatives on the nomination of Michael Sauschuck to head Maine’s Public Safety Department.

Concerns have been raised by gun rights activists that Sauschuck’s anti-gun activism makes him a poor choice to lead the state’s largest law enforcement organizations. Critics cite Sauschuck’s time serving within organizations with ties to anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg and several statements Sauschuck has made about gun ownership and the rights of ordinary Mainers to carry firearms.

For his part, Brakey questioned whether any of the three Representatives who were willing to go on the record in support of banning hunting rifles had any real knowledge of firearms, and if not, he questioned why House Speaker Sara Gideon appointed two of the three to serve on the Legislative Committee that oversees firearms legislation.

Read the full story on the Maine Democratic Representatives supporting a Maine gun ban from the Free Maine Project by clicking here.

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