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Maine Town Resoundingly Rejects Gun Ownership Proposal
03/12/2013   Reported By: Tom Porter

The tiny Maine community of Byron - population about 140 - was the focus of international media attention yesterday, as about 50 registered voters met to cast ballots on a proposal that would have required a gun, and ammunition, in every home. Nobody voted in favor of the article the resident who initially proposed it. Bruce Simmons said the wording was wrong, and it should have read "recommend" rather than "require." Nevertheless, the town's consideration of the measure put it in the spotlight at a time when the issue of gun control and ownership is being hotly debated. One Byron resident who was at the meeting was Philip Pacquette, 56, who says he owns several guns, used mostly for hunting. Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter asked Pacquette why he opposed the measure.

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Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter talks with Byron, Maine resident Philip Pacquette, 56, about Monday's vote on a proposal to require all of the town's households to have guns and ammunition. No one voted in favor.



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