Maine LD 275: An Act To Remove Crossbows from the Restriction on Discharging Weapons near Buildings

LD 275 (subjects: HUNTING , BOW AND ARROW )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=275&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Steve Wood of Sabattus: (R – District 57) — e-mail

4 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/5/2015 House Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
2/10/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Davis of Piscataquis, REFERRED to the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in concurrence.
4/14/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative SHAW of Standish, the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report was ACCEPTED.
The Bill was READ ONCE.
Committee Amendment “A” (H-61) was READ and ADOPTED.
TOMORROW ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING.
4/16/2015 House Committee on Bills in the Second Reading Reports no further verbal amendments necessary Representative McLEAN of Gorham, Chair, House of Representatives Report Accepted.

READ the Second Time.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-61).
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/21/2015 Senate Reports READ
On motion by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis the Majority Ought to Pass As Amended Report ACCEPTED , in concurrence.
READ ONCE
by Committee Amendment “A” (H-61) READ and ADOPTED , in concurrence.
Assigned for Second Reading next Legislative Day
4/23/2015 Senate COMMITTEE ON BILLS IN THE SECOND READING REPORTS NO FURTHER VERBAL AMENDMENTS NECESSARY, Senator Saviello, Senate Chair. REPORT ACCEPTED.
READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-61), in concurrence.
Ordered sent down forthwith.
4/28/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/29/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 275 as originally introduced. L.D. 275 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (H-61) .

An Act To Remove Crossbows from the Restriction on Discharging Weapons near Buildings

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 12 MRSA 11209, as amended by PL 2013, c. 538, 26, is further amended to read:

11209. Discharge of firearm near dwelling or building

1. Prohibition. A person may not:

A. Unless a relevant municipal ordinance provides otherwise and except as provided in sections 12401 and 12402, discharge a firearm, including a muzzle-loading firearm, or crossbow or cause a projectile to pass as a result of that discharge within 100 yards of a building or residential dwelling without the permission of the owner or, in the owner’s absence, of an adult occupant of that building or dwelling authorized to act on behalf of the owner; or
B. Possess a wild animal or wild bird taken in violation of this subsection, except as otherwise provided in this Part.

This subsection may not be construed to prohibit a person from killing or taking a wild animal in accordance with sections 12401 and 12402.

For purposes of this subsection, “building” means any residential, commercial, retail, educational, religious or farm structure that is designed to be occupied by people or domesticated animals or is being used to shelter machines or harvested crops.

For purposes of this subsection, “projectile” means a bullet, pellet, shot, shell, ball , bolt or other object propelled or launched from a firearm or crossbow.

2. Penalty. A person who violates subsection 1 commits a Class E crime.

SUMMARY

Current law prohibits discharging a crossbow within 100 yards of a building or a residential dwelling without the permission of the owner or an authorized person. This bill removes that restriction.

Patterns of Support

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This information about LD 275 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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