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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.

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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.

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A rural Somerset County school district said that students and staff will be penalized if they choose to take part in the national school walk out planned for Wednesday, March 14, to protest gun violence.

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Supporters of stronger gun laws rallied at the State House in Augusta Thursday, trading chants with NRA members who had come in support for gun rights.

The rally was called by the Gun Safety Coalition of Maine to oppose a bill that would allow guns in school parking lots. The measure is designed to allow parents dropping off their child at school to have a gun in their vehicle.

The sponsor of a bill that would allow parents to drive onto school property with a gun in their vehicle has asked a legislative committee to kill the measure, but it will still face debate in the legislature.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

The recent school shooting rampage in Parkland, Florida is reviving the long-simmering debate over gun violence across the country.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

Leaders of the Maine Legislature Tuesday night agreed to allow bills aimed at boosting security at public schools to be considered this session, but refused to allow in a pair of bills aimed at limiting the damage a gun can do.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage says more needs to be done to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.
LePage told Fox News on Monday that society tends to "look the other way'' when it comes to mental illness and that "when we look the other way people die.''
LePage said background checks are "absolutely important.'' But he said federal privacy laws prevent illnesses from being flagged. He said those rules need to be "loosened up.''

Maine Public

In the wake of the Parkland, Fla. school shootings last week, Democrats in the Maine Legislature are hoping to introduce a number of last-minute gun control bills next week, including a ban on “bump stocks,” devices that are used to boost the performance of semiautomatic rifles. However, one Republican leader says it’s too late in the session to take up such major legislation.