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.”
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.
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.