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Town seeks to require residents to own guns

Published: Sat, March 9, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


A town of 140 people in western Maine is considering an ordinance making gun ownership mandatory, the latest of a handful of communities nationwide to pass or consider such a rule even though the measures are widely considered unenforceable.

All three members of the Board of Selectmen in Byron favor it, and Head Selectman Anne Simmons-Edmunds said she expects residents to approve it at Monday’s town meeting, a New England institution where townspeople vote up or down on municipal proposals.

“We’re hoping that the town will get on board with us but will accept whatever the town wants,” Simmons-Edmunds said Friday.

Communities from Idaho to Georgia have been inspired to “require” or recommend their residents arm themselves ever since a gunman killed 26 youngsters and educators Dec. 14 in a school in Newtown, Conn., and raised fears among gun owners about an impending restriction on Second Amendment rights.

The article up for a vote in Maine asks, “Shall the town of Byron vote to require all households to have firearms and ammunition to protect the citizens?”

Backed by gun-rights supporters, the ordinance is intended to pre-emptively block gun-control laws, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills said, adding that it will be “null and void” even if it passes.


1HappyBob(347 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

The republicans are proposing that the people be required to purchase something?

Isn't that their principle objection to Obamacare?

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2redvert(2196 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Yes GayBob, but this is something that is for their benefit, not like something that they had no choice on such as obowsercare! Don't worry, this will be something the tax payers can decide on. I guess you could buy the gun using your EBT card!

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3IllogicalSong24(1 comment)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

redvert. are you actually trying to pass off your reasoning onto thinking adults or do your children buy your line of BS? Their own benefit? If you knew anything about the research, you'd know the easiest way to increase your chances of being shot is to buy a gun. Children are 11 times more likely to be shot with a gun in their house. Guns, do less to deter home invasions than upgraded deadbolts or a $10 sign in front of your yard. Please explain where the regressive mindset comes from? Is it contagious or should we just wait until you baby boomers die off?

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4Sanjay1976(42 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

to redvert,
Have you decided that everyone who doesn't agree with you is a welfare homosexual, or have you "known" bob personally?

to illogical,
you are wasting your time and effort trying to be logical with trash like him. Not a regressive mindset, just no mental capacity at all.

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