AUGUSTA – The Maine House has rejected a bill that would allow people to bring guns to Maine schools.
The measure was crafted to allow gun owners the right to bring an unloaded or locked gun onto school property during student drop off and pick up times and other certain conditions.
Educators, the Maine Gun Safety Coalition and others were among those who testified against the bill.
Speaker of The House, Representative Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, said, “I think the bottom line is to me, and to many legislators here, is that there is no place for a gun on school grounds. And even if that ammunition is sitting beside that gun in a lock box that gun should not be there.”
Even the sponsor recommended his bill shouldn’t be passed when it became clear the issue was becoming more about school shootings than the simple gun practices bill he intended.