New England Store Targeted After National Outlets Ban Assault-Style Guns
KITTERY — In the wake of a mass shooting, concerned citizens across the country are calling for gun distributors to stop the sale of assault-style weapons.
Dick's Sporting Goods announced last month that they will stop the sale of assault weapons at all locations affiliated with the brand. This action comes after their initial ban implemented after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012.
In Maine, a petition created by Kittery shoppers and local residents seeks to stop assault-style weapons sales at a local retailer. Petitioners hope to get 5,000 signatures to send a message to Kittery Trading Post that the sale of high-capacity magazines and assault-style weapons have to stop.
In the petition, concerned parents say, "Kittery Trading Post does so much good in our community, I ask that they think of the welfare of our community and students in this respect too."
These efforts are being matched by second amendment advocates who want don't want to see their constitutional rights infringed upon.
Another petition has surfaced to preserve the heritage of Kittery Trading Post and outdoor sports.
"We are calling for KTP to hold fast in their enterprise and to continue to support the hunters, sportsmen/women, and collectors who have, for generations, purchased their firearms from KTP."
The tumultuous debate on gun control continues as legislators weigh both sides of the argument.
The Kittery Trading Post did not return messages left for comment on this story.
The petition for Kittery Trading Post to stop the sale of assault-style weapons can be found here.
The petition supporting the store's right to sell weapons can be found here.