Within the borders of Fort Fairfield’s 78 square miles, gun owners follow only one gun law: the Second Amendment, Town Councilor Bob Kilcollins said Monday. After concerns about proposed gun law changes and restrictions, Kilcollins drafted a resolution, declaring the town a Second Amendment sanctuary. And in a unanimous decision, the Town Council voted on Jan. 20 in favor of the move, making it among the first in Maine. “Right now, as we speak, Fort Fairfield is a Second Amendment sanctuary,” said Kilcollins, who also owns Bob’s Sport Shop in town. “When you look at the future, I wrote up the resolution, protecting what we already have. It’s preserving our Second Amendment rights. The Second Amendment, ratified in 1791, protects a person’s right to keep and bear arms. While not overly concerned about Maine’s existing gun laws, Kilcollins points to a federal bill, HR127, Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act, introduced in January by Democratic U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas. “Just read it,” he said, as others in his Route 165 shop expressed fears that new gun laws will take away the rights of legal gun owners. “The bad guys will always be able to get guns,” Kilcollins said. “The resolution protects us from bogus gun laws … these bills affect legal gun owners and there is a fear today that the new administration now in office will play games with our constitutional rights and that is not fair.”
Jackson Lee’s new bill, if passed, would prohibit some ammunition and establish a firearm registration system, a database of gun owners, as well as strict licensing requirements.
“Just think what would happen if a new bill comes in and suspends certain sales,” Kilcollins said. The only other Second Amendment sanctuary town in Maine to date is Paris in Oxford County. [full article]