Sponsor of Proposed Law to Allow Guns in Cars on School Property Wants Bill to Fail

AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - A Maine lawmaker who submitted legislation to allow guns in cars on school property asked for his bill to fail Wednesday.

Democratic Representative John Martin of Eagle Lake made his request to the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee in writing.

His proposed bill would let people picking up or dropping off students carry an unloaded gun in the car if the weapon was locked up and the owner didn't leave the vehicle.

In his letter, Martin described his intent to codify existing federal code in the state.

But the discussion surrounding his bill shifted to allowing guns in school- something Martin opposes. Martin says it's not the time to further discuss the legislation due to recent events involving gun violence.

The Maine Gun Safety Coalition opposes the bill, but supports the recently proposed 'Red Flag' bill.

It would let police or concerned family members petition the courts to temporarily remove weapons from a potentially high-risk individual.

"We believe this is a very targeted approach that will get at the root causes of these problems and we're grateful that the legislative council, with bipartisan support, advanced the bill," said Nick Wilson, Executive Director of the Maine Gun Safety Coalition.

Despite asking for the committee to not vote in favor of his bill, one lawmaker voted to advance Martin's proposed legislation.

The bill will now head to the House for votes.