AUGUSTA – Rep. Victoria Morales (D – South Portland) is proposing a bill to ban so-called “assault style weapons” in the Maine Legislature’s second legislative session. The bill, titled, “An Act To Prevent Mass Shootings in Maine by Banning Assault-style Weapons has been assigned the Legislative Request number LR 2953 and listed by the office of the Maine Revisor of Statutes for the 2020 legislative session.
There is no bill text as of the writing of this article, but the phrase “assault style weapons” has been adopted recently by anti-gun activists as they seek to expand the scope of firearms they propose to ban. Rep. Morales famously made news in May of 2019 when she told the Maine Legislature’s Judiciary Committee that gun control laws were justified because seeing a man with his hand in his pocket scared her.
Morales has been
on the record for several anti-gun proposals during her time in the Maine
Legislature, even cosponsoring another bill that sought to ban other guns in
A similar example
of the use of the description of firearms Morales is employing the title of her
bill came recently when former Vice President and Presidential candidate Joe
at a campaign stop in Iowa, “The idea
that we don’t have elimination of assault type weapons, magazines that can hold
multiple bullets in them is absolutely mindless,” said Biden. “It is no
violation of the Second Amendment. It’s uh, it’s just a bow to the special
interests of the gun manufacturers and the NRA. It’s got to stop.”
The changing terminology
gives lawmakers who seek to ban firearms wiggle room to propose bans on
firearms with certain accessories, magazine styles or capacities or other
features. Sometimes a black plastic accessory added to a traditional hunting
rifle is all that is needed for gun control advocates to declare a firearm an “assault
style weapon” that should be banned.
Constitution is stronger than the Second Amendment of the United States
Constitution on gun rights, a restriction that anti-gun lawmakers often fail to