Proposed Bill Would Allow Unloaded Guns to be Carried in Cars on School Property

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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - State lawmakers are considering a bill to allow guns on school property, but only if the firearm remains inside the owner's vehicle.

The bill's sponsor, Democratic Representative John Martin of Eagle Lake, says the legislation was proposed to conform Maine law to federal law.

The law would only apply to people picking up or dropping off children.

The firearm could not leave the vehicle and must be unloaded and kept in a locked container or locked firearms rack.

"So that if parents are dropping off their children, they don't have to worry about getting arrested if they happened to have a gun in their vehicle. It's really all that is. Now of course some people started the rumor that this bill would allow guns in schools. I absolutely oppose guns in schools and that's not the issue at all," said Martin.

The Maine Gun Safety Coalition issued a statement Tuesday, the same day as the Kentucky school shooting, urging Maine lawmakers to oppose the legislation.

A similar bill was defeated last year.