AUGUSTA – A controversial bill that would protect the rights of some tenants to own a gun has made it out of committee.
It was a close vote with members of the criminal justice and public safety committee voting 7-to-6 to pass the measure.
It was introduced after an elderly man in Rockland used a gun to shoot an intruder who was trying to steal his medications .
His landlord heard about the incident and ordered Harvey Lembo to get rid of his gun because it was in violation of the companies lease agreement.
A case that prompted a lawsuit on Lembo’s behalf and also inspired the creation of this legislation.
It would protect the right to bear arms for people who live in subsidized housing.
It will now head to the house and senate for more debate.