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Group Backs 3-Part Gun-Safety Bill in Maine
02/06/2013 1:54 PM ET  

The Coalition for a Safer Maine told a State House news conference today it's supporting a bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mark Dion of Portland, the former Cumberland County sheriff.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A coalition created in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre is supporting legislation to prevent gun violence and promote gun safety in Maine.

The Coalition for a Safer Maine told a State House news conference Wednesday it's supporting a bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mark Dion of Portland, the former Cumberland County sheriff.

Dion said his bill has three parts: universal background checks, gun-safety promotion, and limits on access to firearms by people adjudicated to be mentally ill.


Speaking in support were Robert McAfee, former president of the American Medical Association; hunter and gun owner Bruce Holmes of Manchester, South Portland Police Chief Ed Googins, and former Lewiston Mayor Larry Gilbert.

Some lawmakers, including House Republican leader Ken Fredette, urge judicious review of the proposal.

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