Public Hearing About Gun Safety Courses in Schools (LD 93: “An Act To Require Public Secondary Schools To Offer a Course in Gun Safety and Handling”)

Public Hearing About Gun Safety Courses in Schools (LD 93: “An Act To Require Public Secondary Schools To Offer a Course in Gun Safety and Handling”)

Hi Everyone!

Sorry about the delayed notice on this bill. I’ve unfortunately been quite ill the past week and just had my first day back in Augusta today! But I still wanted to let you all know about LD 93 “An Act To Require Public Secondary Schools To Offer a Course in Gun Safety and Handling,” which we will be having a public hearing for tomorrow at 2 pm. Below you will find information on the bill and the public hearing. If you can’t make it to the hearing but want to let me what you think about LD 93 please email me or give me a ring at 207-370-9871.

When and where?

2:00pm Thursday February 14, 2013

Room 202, Cross State Office Building

What is LD 93?

LD 93, “An Act To Require Public Secondary Schools To Offer a Course in Gun Safety and Handling,” is a bill that would require public high schools in Maine to offer gun safety courses. These courses would be optional for students. This bill would provide all public school students the opportunity to learn how to handle guns safely. The sponsors of the bill hope local National Rifle Association groups and fish and game clubs would provide the courses at little or no cost to schools. Similar bills were proposed three times in the mid- to late 1990s in Maine, but all were defeated.

What is happening at this hearing?

The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee would like to hear directly from anyone with information about how this bill would affect them or their community. The hearing is open to the public and anyone may testify.

If you plan to speak at a public hearing, it is often useful to prepare and distribute your comments in written form. In preparing testimony, written or not, make sure you introduce yourself and, if you represent an organization, give the name of the organization. State whether you support the bill, oppose it or are offering suggestions to improve it, and then explain your reasoning. If you do provide written testimony, bring at least 20 copies and give them to the committee clerk before you testify. Photocopiers are available in the Law and Legislative Reference Library in Room 200 of the State House for a nominal charge.

For a helpful guide on testifying at the Maine Legislature please see this great handout from the Office of Policy and Legal Analysis: http://www.maine.gov/legis/opla/citizensguide.pdf

Can’t make it to the hearing?

The hearing tomorrow will be broadcast on MPBN’s Maine Capital Connection which is available both over the air or on Time Warner Cable. For those of us who don’t have TV or those of us who have Comcast can view the channel online at:

https://www.mpbn.net/News/MaineCapitolConnection.aspx

You can also listen to hearing online at the Education Committee website: http://www.maine.gov/legis/audio/education_cmte.html

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Matthea “Mattie” Daughtry, a Brunswick native, is the State Representative for the Maine House District 66

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