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In response to two recent deadly mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, about 100 protesters rallied in downtown Portland Sunday afternoon to advocate for gun control legislation.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says that she would support legislation to close what she calls “loopholes in the background check system” following two deadly mass shootings this weekend in Texas and Ohio.

Maine lawmakers are considering an additional “red flag” bill that supporters say is designed to curb gun violence.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine is unlikely to move forward on firearm legislation prohibiting the sale of high-capacity magazines.

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More than 100 activists on both sides of the gun control debate were at the State House Friday to testify on nearly a dozen bills being considered this session by the legislature's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. The proposals range from requiring home gun safes to mandating trigger locks, as well as imposing background checks for private gun sales or exchanges.

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Maine’s two Democratic representatives for Congress usually agree on most issues, but they do not align on a bill that would expand federal background checks on all gun sales, including most private transfers.

State lawmakers are proposing an array of changes to Maine's gun laws, including instituting background checks for all private sales and transfers.

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Protesters who want a Maine store to stop selling assault-style rifles and gun rights advocates faced off over the issue Saturday, but kept their dealings civil.

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U.S. Sen. Angus King has joined more than 40 Democratic senators to oppose a reported plan by the U.S. Department of Education to use some federal funds to pay for guns and firearms training in schools.

Gun Rights Supporters Plan Rallies Nationwide

Apr 13, 2018
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The organizers of a pro-Second Amendment rally in Augusta Saturday are urging supporters to attend, but to leave their guns at home. The afternoon rally will be held on the plaza between the State House and the Cross State Office Building, an area designated as a gun-free zone. Organizers are concerned that promotion of similar events being held at state capitols in other states may have confused the issue.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Thousands of students across the country walked out of their schools Wednesday in remembrance of the 17 victims of last month's school shooting in Parkland, Fla. and to protest for stricter gun laws. A major snowstorm delayed many school walkouts in Maine until Thursday. Some students were punished for their protests, but said they still felt empowered to take action.

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School walkouts in support of stricter gun laws continued Thursday morning after schools were closed due to weather on Wednesday.

A gun safety bill supported by Maine's Republican senator is now progressing in both houses of Congress. 

Sen. Susan Collins says she's on board with Senate legislation that would require the feds to inform states within 24 hours when a person prohibited from buying guns fails the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. A bipartisan group of senators introduced the bill last week.

Similar legislation has been referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

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A Republican candidate for Maine governor is catching heat for his unique solution for deadly school shootings.

Shawn Moody of Gorham was asked on WVOM Monday about gun control measures. Instead of floating more conventional proposals such as beefing up school security, he offered what he described as a common-sense solution.

Thursday evening the RSU 13 school board in Rockland voted on whether to authorize the superintendent to negotiate a School Resource Officer position or SRO, a police officer who patrols and works inside schools. The school board decided it wasn't yet ready to vote on the issue, and instead has referred the question for further discussion at an upcoming work session.