U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- The NRA-ILA reports that Portland's Mayor and City Council adopted a new order that explicitly listed gun shops as non-essential. As a result, the NRA and other 2A groups will no doubt be taking both to court. In the meantime, supporters of the Second Amendment can reach out to each of City Council members and let them know that you will not stand by idly while they shred the Constitution. The NRA-ILA gives you all the details below.
In response to COVID-19, the Portland Mayor and City Council adopted Order No. 156-19/20 on April 14th, which replaced the list of essential businesses previously authorized by the city. The order stated that “Gun shops shall not be considered an essential business or service within the City of Portland.”
Not only does this order directly conflict with the new list of essential businesses published on April 3rd by the Mills administration, but it blatantly conflicts with Maine’s preemption law. State preemption prevents local governments from enacting their gun control ordinances and creating a confusing patchwork of local laws. Law-abiding citizens should enjoy the same rights, regardless of where they reside. Maine statutes have no exception for local government acting in an emergency – which means the City of Portland is blatantly violating the state preemption law by classifying gun shops as non-essential businesses and ordering them to close under their new order.
Please act now and call on Portland Mayor Kate Snyder and the Portland City Council to correct this egregious error and make firearm dealers essential businesses!Mayor Kate Snyder; [email protected], 207-874-8941Councilor Belinda Ray; [email protected], 207-671-4000Councilor Spender Thibodeau, [email protected], 207-650-2147Councilor Tae Chong, [email protected], 207-650-0126Councilor Justin Costa; [email protected], 207-522-2004Councilor Kimberly Cook; [email protected], 207-874-8986Councilor Ali Pious; [email protected], 207-807-4283Councilor Nicholas Mavadones; [email protected], 207-774-0257Councilor Jill Duson; [email protected], 207-878-0769
It is unfortunate that in these uncertain times, an elected official would limit the ability of law-abiding citizens to exercise our inherent right to self-defense. Firearm dealers are essential to exercising this right!
This is breaking and developing news, and as more details become available, we will update NRA members further. Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org/coronavirus.
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org