Governor Janet Mills originally excluded gun stores from being an essential business. Then, because the President stated that all firearms related businesses are part of the nation’s critical infrastructure and they should not be shut down, she changed her decision. Now, Kittery Trading Post and other gun dealers can ignore public safety and stay open in Maine.
The Governor’s decision was faulty. Gun stores are not part of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Allowing them to re-open ignores public safety from coronavirus and gun violence prevention. This is the position taken by Massachusetts Governor Charley Baker.
NRA pressure from members certainly influenced the Governor’s decision. Thank you to those who took our previous alert seriously and called the Governor to thank her for closing the Kittery Trading Post.
March 26, 2020
Maine: Governor Mills shuts down the non-essential Kittery Trading Post
Governor Janet Mills ordered all non-essential businesses to shut down until April 8th. Kittery Trading Post – a gun store – was among those shut down. The NRA, closely following each states gun closer orders during the coronavirus emergency, objects to the closer. This is because, now is the NRA’s best time to panic the public into a gun purchase frenzy.
The pro-gun group called on their members to call the Governor’s office and request that gun dealers be designated as essential. Concerned citizens should call right now and support the Governor in her decision to stand up to the NRA.
Please call the office of Governor Mills (207-287-2531). Thank her for designating firearm dealers as non-essential businesses.
March 18, 2020
Maine: The legislative session for 2020 is over
The 2020 legislative session ended early because of the threat of the COVID-19 virus. No gun safety bills became active this year.