justin alfond

Maine bill would limit ammo magazines to 10 bullets

by Steve Mistler, Portland Press Herald  |  published on March 15, 2013

State lawmakers will take up a bill sponsored by Senate President Justin Alfond that would limit the capacity of ammunition magazines.

The Portland Democrat’s proposal is closely modeled after one of President Obama’s 23 planned executive orders that would outlaw “military-style” ammunition magazines.

Like Obama’s proposal, Alfond’s bill would limit to 10 the number of bullets that can be held in a magazine.

The bill is one of about a dozen that have been flagged by gun-rights activists in this legislative session. The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, a conservation and hunting group that has led the gun-rights advocacy in the Legislature, has described Alfond’s bill as potentially “anti-gun.”

Gun control legislation has historically met stiff resistance in Maine, which has a rich tradition of hunting and gun ownership.

However, Alfond’s involvement could give the magazine capacity bill some momentum. The bill, L.D. 997, is co-sponsored by both chairmen of the Criminal Justice Committee, Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, and Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland. Their committee will review the bill.

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