Save Maine Lives: Pass the Red Flag Law

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Erika Creutz, Rev. Dr. Marvin M. Ellison, Grace Leavitt, and Charles Pattavina MD
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When a person is in crisis, considering harming themselves or showing signs that they might pose a serious danger to others, “red flag” laws or Extreme Risk Protection laws give family members and law enforcement a way to intervene and prevent a tragedy.

Maine has the opportunity to pass a red flag law.  Ellsworth Police Chief Moshier wrote this year:  

"If enacted, this bill would provide a critical tool to law enforcement to protect communities while affording due process protections to those for whose protection the order is sought. I strongly urge the Maine legislature to pass LD 1312, a solid, comprehensive red flag bill, and provide law enforcement and the public with this life-saving tool."

A significant majority of Mainers (81%) support red flag legislation including 94% of Democrats and 70% of Republicans.  “Red flag” laws have passed in 18 states, have been upheld in courts, and have earned the support of Republican, Democratic and Independent lawmakers because they make sense and save lives.  

Sign our petition that asks our legislators and Governor Mills to enact this effective gun safety measure. #protectmelives #protectmekids

Erika Creutz
Mom and Concerned Citizen
Steep Falls Maine

Rev. Dr. Marvin M. Ellison
Presbyterian Minister
Willard S. Bass Professor Emeritus of Christian Ethics, Bangor Theological Seminary

Grace Leavitt
Spanish Teacher, Greely High School (on leave)
President, Maine Education Association

Charles Pattavina, MD, 
Emergency Physician, St. Joseph Hospital
Past President of the Maine Medical Association

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Dear Maine Lawmakers and Governor Mills: 

Please support LD 1312 “An Act Regarding Access to Firearms by Extremely Dangerous and Suicidal Individuals”, a life-saving tool that will both protect people’s rights while giving loved ones and law enforcement the tools they need to temporarily remove firearms from a dangerous situation.  

A significant majority of Mainers (81%) support red flag legislation including 94% of Democrats and 70% of Republicans.  “Red flag” laws have passed in 18 states, have been upheld in courts, and have earned the support of Republican, Democratic and Independent lawmakers because they make sense and save lives.  

The Extreme Risk Protection Order is an evidence-based, effective way to prevent suicides-by-firearm, domestic gun violence, mass shootings, and other senseless gun deaths and injuries. Join leaders in education, law enforcement, public health, domestic violence prevention, faith organizations, gun violence prevention advocates, and others aiming to save lives. I urge you to support LD 1312.
 

 


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