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.
When Maine amended our Constitution in 1987, the primary sponsor of the legislation was a Democrat.
Eves’ message to the NRA in the Press Herald op-ed include the following:
“KEEP THE NRA OUT OF MAINE There is one thing we don’t need here in Maine: the NRA. Stay out of our state. We don’t want you here. You’ve done enough. And we’ve had enough.”
You can read the full op-ed by clicking here.