PORTLAND – A candidate Governor of the state of Maine has declared that he wants to keep the National Rifle Association “out of Maine.”
In an op-ed published in the Portland Press Herald, former Speaker of the Maine House Mark Eves takes a far more extreme approach against the NRA than most candidates in the past.
Along with wanting the NRA out of Maine, a statement that suggests he is unconcerned about the rights of gun owners to free speech or association, Eves also calls for bans on “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazine clips” along with some other restrictions.
While the NRA has at the very least tens of thousands of individual members in Maine, they also sponsor firearms safety courses and other events promoting the safe use of firearms across Maine each year. Maine is a traditionally pro-Second Amendment state with one of the lowest violent crime rates in the nation, has long elected pro-gun politicians of both parties.
Former Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives Mark Eves.