Maine Rep. justifies gun control laws because seeing man with hand in pocket scared her

Rep. Victoria Morales (D – South Portland). Photo courtesy Maine Legislature website.

AUGUSTA – Rep. Victoria Morales told the Maine Legislature’s Judiciary Committee last Friday that seeing a man with his hand in his pocket enter her children’s school was terrifying and one of the reasons the Maine Legislature should pass gun control laws, according to the Bangor Daily News.

The statement was made as the Judiciary Committee voted down a series of gun control bills that sought to impose new restrictions on gun owners in Maine.

The Bangor Daily News characterized Rep. Morales’ statement as evidence that there is still an appetite among progressive Democrats for gun control laws, despite a reported compromise that will kill off most gun control proposals in Maine this year.

That compromise, made between Republicans and some Democrats, has dramatically reduced the prospect of significant gun control legislation passing in the current legislative session.

Rep. Morales, a Democrat, represents part of the city of South Portland in the Maine House. She is serving her first term in the Maine House of Representatives and is an attorney.

A glance at her voting record show she has voted mostly along party lines in this legislative session, including voting in favor of taxpayer funded abortions and to allow abortions to be performed in Maine without a doctor present.

Morales also was one of 50 House Democrats that flip-flopped from supporting to opposing a bill that banned sale of fuel with more than 10% ethanol in Maine, in order to uphold a veto of the bill by Governor Janet Mills.

Rep. Morales serves on the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee and the Ethics Committee.

You can read the full article from the Bangor Daily News here.

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