Maine town rejects mandatory gun proposal

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Michal Conger

A tiny Maine town has rejected a proposal for mandatory gun ownership on Monday evening, even though the majority of residents already own guns.

Voters in the 140-person town of Byron voted unanimously against the measure that would have required a firearm in each household. Residents said they would have favored an article with the wording “recommend” instead of “require,” according to the Associated Press.

Byron had been weighing the proposal as a safety measure, but saw the wording of this particular article as government overreach — the very thing they wanted to prevent.

“We’re trying to prevent someone from coming into our town and trying to restrict our rights,” head selectman Anne Simmons-Edmunds told the River Valley Sun Journal last week. “It’s time to tell the government, ‘Enough’s enough. Quit micromanaging us.’”

The article voted down on Monday read,  “Shall the town of Byron vote to require all households to have firearms and ammunitions to protect the citizens?”

Simmons-Edmunds and her father Bruce Simmons, who originally came up with the proposal, both voted down the measure.

“I feel we accomplished what we set out to do and I hope we will wake this town up,” Simmons said, according to Reuters. “We made a statement to the federal government that they can’t take our guns away.”

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