Legislative Updates

HEARING on LD489 
Monday 2/25 at 9am, Burton Cross Office Building Room 214
at the State Capitol in Augusta

The new subsection in LD489, says:

A municipality may adopt a noise control or other ordinance that applies to an existing sport shooting range if the Commissioner of Public Safety approves the ordinance prior to adoption.  The commissioner shall establish the authorization process, including criteria to allow enforcement of an ordinance to a sport shooting range, through rulemaking.  Rules adopted pursuant to this section are major substantive rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375 subchapter 2-A.

Make your presence and political power felt, the people who want to take your guns and your rights will be emboldened and go further.
The bill can be found at http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=SP0154&item=1&snum=129

LD489 Reference to the Committee on State and Local Government: Presented by Senator Chenette of York Cosponsored by Representative Bailey of Scao and Senator Millett pop Cumberland; the bill states:

1  Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
2  Sec. 1. 30-A MRSA §3011, sub-§2, as amended by PL 2015, c. 433, §3, is
3  further amended to read:
4  2. Limitation. A Except as authorized under subsection 5, a municipal noise control
5  or other ordinance may not require or be applied so as to require a sport shooting range to
6  limit or eliminate shooting activities that have occurred on a regular basis at the range
7  prior to the enactment date of the ordinance, as long as the range conforms to generally
8  accepted gun safety and shooting range operation practices or is constructed in a manner
9  not reasonably expected to allow a projectile to cross the boundary of the range.
10  Sec. 2. 30-A MRSA §3011, sub-§5 is enacted to read:
11  5. Noise control ordinance exception; authorization. A municipality may adopt a
12  noise control or other ordinance that applies to an existing sport shooting range if the
13  Commissioner of Public Safety approves the ordinance prior to adoption. The
14  commissioner shall establish the authorization process, including criteria to allow
15  enforcement of an ordinance to a sport shooting range, through rulemaking. Rules
16  adopted pursuant to this section are major substantive rules as defined in Title 5, chapter
17  375, subchapter 2-A.
18  SUMMARY
19  Current law prohibits the application of a municipal noise control or other ordinance
20  to an existing sport shooting range. This bill gives the Commissioner of Public Safety the
21  power to authorize the application of a municipal noise ordinance to a sport shooting
22  range that existed prior to the adoption of the ordinance. The Commissioner of Public
23  Safety is required to adopt major substantive rules to establish the criteria and the process
24  for the authorization process.