This Friday was “Gun Day” at the Legislature’s Criminal
Justice and Public Safety Committee. On this day, the committee held public
hearings on 11 firearm-related bills. Ten of the bills sought to restrict
Second Amendment rights while one bill would expand them.
Hi, I’m Senator Paul Davis. I represent District Four which
includes all of Piscataquis County, part of Penobscot County and part of
As a retired State Trooper, I have tremendous respect for
what a special place Maine is to live and raise a family. Here we enjoy a great
amount of freedom, especially when it comes to the Second Amendment, and we are
regularly ranked one of the safest places, if not the safest place, in the
Just last month, the Maine Economic Growth Council, which is
a non-partisan group that meets annually to compile statistics dealing with our
economy, community and environment to gauge the overall quality of life,
released their 2019 report. The report highlights safety as a strong point,
citing our crime rate which was just 16.3 per 1,000 residents in 2017. This
rate was 40 percent lower than the national rate of 27.5.
In addition to being among the safest places in the country,
Mainers also share a long tradition of responsible gun ownership for the
purposes of hunting and self-protection.
While many of the more dangerous places around the country,
like Chicago, New York City and Baltimore, have adopted restrictive gun control
measures in an effort to curb violent crime, it is clear that, while disarming
law-abiding citizens, these restrictive laws do nothing to prevent criminals
from committing crimes. Further, when crimes are committed with firearms,
criminals are not being prosecuted to the greatest extent of the law.
Imposing similar measures, backed by out-of-state special
interests like Michael Bloomberg, has never made sense for our safe, rural
state. There is no reason to project big-city problems and failed solutions on
That’s why just a few years ago in 2016, Maine voters
resoundingly said ‘No’ to Question 3, the so-called universal background check
referendum that would have placed serious restrictions on Mainers’ right to
We value personal freedoms here in Maine. That’s why in 1987 we amended the Maine Constitution to go even further than the United States Constitution, saying, “Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.”
A number of the firearm-related bills being considered by
the Criminal Justice Committee take this right into question.
From imposing pointless waiting periods to purchase firearms
to criminalizing standard-capacity magazines, these measures seek to restrict
our rights and make criminals out of law-abiding Mainers in the name of
“safety” without consideration of our status as the safest state in the
Thank you for listening to this week’s radio address. Again, I’m Senator Paul Davis.