‘Stand your ground,’ firearm storage bills die in Maine

June 15, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Efforts to allow Mainers to “stand their ground” and to punish adults who fail to secure loaded firearms have failed in the Legislature.

The newly Democratic-controlled Legislature proposed several gun policy bills this year, and hopes to compromise on legislation to keep guns out of the wrong hands.

Meanwhile, two gun bills rejected in committee died last week.

A Republican’s bill would have removed the requirements that a person retreat if it’s safe to do so and allow deadly force to prevent death or serious injury or defend a dwelling. The House voted 78-57 against the bill.

A Democrat’s bill aimed to make it a misdemeanor to store a loaded firearm that a child finds and uses. The bill was defeated 67-64 in the House and 23-12 in the Senate.