ELLSWORTH — For the city of Ellsworth, protecting gun rights is a top priority.
The issue of becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary is on the agenda for the city this week. This means that the city will be able to protect the ownership of residents’ guns.
It’s aimed at pushing back against federal and state gun control measures if passed or proposed.
At the request of city council member Michelle Kaplan, the proposal will be up for debate on Monday.
“It would just mean that Ellsworth police would not go door to door confiscating weapons that the federal government deems as unlawful and that itself is actually protected by the commerce clause,” Kaplan said.
“The commerce clause is what protects if a product is made in the state then the federal government does not have jurisdiction if it’s used in the state and never leaves the state,” she said.
More and more cities across Maine are considering similar measures. As of now, it’s unclear how background checks, the sale of ammunition, and guns would be affected.