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Committee recommends against passage of two Brakey-sponsored gun bills

Lawmakers disposed of two bills Friday that would have loosened Maine laws that allow an adult to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.

The bills offered by Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, would have allowed someone as young as 18 to carry a concealed pistol, and removed a provision in state law requiring those carrying a gun on their person or in their vehicle to disclose that in any encounter with law enforcement. Keep reading

Conversation with legislators to be rescheduled

The conversation with State Senator Eric Brakey and House Representative Ellie Espling on March 29th must be rescheduled due to a conflict. A new date will be announced soon.

 

 

Chat with your legislators

Invited by NGXchange volunteers to promote citizen engagement and awareness, State Sen. Eric Brakey and State Rep. Ellie Espling will highlight their work in Augusta. Afterward, community members will have an opportunity to talk with their legislators in a more casual format.

The open house event will take place at the Community Building, located behind the New Gloucester Town Hall on Intervale Road. It’s scheduled to occur from 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 29.

Lots of opposition to Sen. Eric Brakey’s bill to allow concealed carry for those 18 to 21

AUGUSTA — Lawmakers are trying to decide whether to pull the trigger on a measure that would allow 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds to carry concealed handguns. The age limit is 21.

Sponsor Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, told colleagues that “questions of age are beside the point” because every law-abiding Mainer has a legal right to carry a gun at age 18. The only question, he said, is whether that person can also wear a jacket that hides it.

The National Rifle Association backs Brakey’s controversial bill, calling it “common-sense legislation which restores fairness to all individuals who choose to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense.”

But there’s considerable opposition to the idea.

“Eighteen-year-olds are not grown-ups, not adults,” said Peter Michaud, associate general counsel of the Maine Medical Association. “They think they are, but they’re not. An 18-year-old is an adolescent.”

The president of the Maine Psychological Association, Elise Magnuson, said her group has “concerns about shifting the age downward” given research that shows an 18-year-old’s brain is still developing. Continue reading

Sen. Brakey sponsors bills to loosen restrictions on concealed firearms

Sen. Eric Brakey looks to loosen restrictions on carrying concealed handguns, but opponents including York County’s sheriff say the current laws should stand.

Gun rights advocates and those who want stronger restrictions on firearms crowded a State House hearing room Friday as lawmakers listened to a full day’s worth of testimony on nine bills aimed at changing or refining laws governing the use and possession of firearms, mostly handguns.

The bills touch on everything from a prohibiting the creation of a gun owner registry to lowering the minimum age for a person to legally carry a hidden handgun in public. Keep reading

Alan Stearns from the Royal River Conservation Trust presenting at Historical Society meeting tonight, March 16 at 7 pm

Thursday, March 16th, 7pm, at New Gloucester Meeting House.  RRCT’s Alan Stearns will make a presentation and lead a discussion on Royal River Conservation Trust, RRCT initiatives that support New Gloucester’s quality of life and historic heritage.  Join us for a discussion on open space and historic interpretive opportunities in New Gloucester, farmland conservation, the Royal River Water Trail, and more.

SOLAR 101 PRESENTATION CANCELLED FOR 3/14

Because of the winter storm, it was decided to cancel and reschedule the Solar 101 presentation for Tuesday March 14th.

It has been rescheduled for Wednesday APRIL 19TH , again at 7-8:30 pm at the Meeting House.

We hope to see you there!!

New Gloucester Environmental Resources Committee

State Representatives Ellie Espling and Jessica Fay Meet with Area Residents

Modeling bipartisan spirit by co-hosting, State Representatives Ellie Espling (R-New Gloucester-Poland) and Jessica Fay (D-Casco-Raymond-Poland) held community office hours on Monday evening, March 6, in Poland. They shared an inside look at the legislative process from the perspective of a member of leadership (Espling) and a first-termer (Fay), and provided constituents an opportunity express concerns. Some two dozen area residents took up the offer and engaged in a lively, wide-ranging exchange about pending bills, the status of last fall’s referenda, and how citizens can make their voices heard in Augusta. The two-hour session took place at Poland’s Ricker Library. Continue reading

Eric C. Ray, 1949-2017

BURLINGTON, Mass. — Eric Charles Ray, also known as E. Ray to his friends, was a lifelong resident of New Gloucester. Eric passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14. Born July 1, 1949, to Ruth and Delbert Ray, Eric was one of 10 children. Eric was known in his youth to be a hell-raiser, but a hard worker. Keep reading

BOS takes no action on rescinding construction contract

At their meeting on Monday, March 6, Selectmen decided to take no action on rescinding last November’s decision to award the Public Works facility bid to Ganneston Construction Corp. of Augusta, and instead agreed to continue negotiations on the final project cost.

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