We need a Community Protection Order system in Maine!
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Today, even when we know that somebody in a Maine community poses imminent danger to themselves or others, there's nothing we can do to inhibit their access to firearms. Regardless of how violently aggressive they may be, if they want to get their hands on a gun, they can. Simple as that.
LR 2943, “An Act To Create a Community Protection Order,” would change that by providing an avenue for law enforcement or concerned individuals to petition the courts to temporarily remove weapons from a high-risk individual who potentially poses a threat to others or themselves.
If an individual demonstrates a clear pattern of concerning behavior that seems to escalate, the court would now be able to issue a Community Protection Order, authorizing local law enforcement to immediately take all firearms out of that person's possession until further legal action can be undertaken. After 21 days, the individual would appear in court for a hearing. The order is designed to ensure that the removal of weapons would be directed and vetted by the court and not just predicated on police and family members.
Proposed by State Senator and former Sheriff Mark Dion, LR 2943 is a straight-forward, common sense measure with support from both sides of Maine's political aisle, but at the behest of his NRA buddies, Governor LePage will likely veto it as soon as it comes across his desk. Let's show him that we demand action, and that the time for change is now.
Everybody in Maine deserves to be safe!
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