NH and Maine Lawmakers Want Assault-Style Rifles Sales to Stop at Kittery Trading Post
KITTERY, Maine — Three Maine lawmakers are asking a Kittery store to stop selling assault-style rifles.
The Democratic lawmakers wrote a letter to Kittery Trading Post, asking the store to restrict gun sales and to discontinue sales of what the lawmakers said are assault-style rifles. The letter was written by Deane Rykerson, Lydia Blume, and Patty Hymanson — who represent York and Kittery — alongside others from Maine and New Hampshire.
"Your store to us has been a symbol of a good business that is involved in the community and the area in which it does business," said the lawmakers in the letter.
The legislators cite the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, as one reason for the request, and say boycotts and protests are planned if the store does not respond to their letter.
The Kittery Trading Post did not immediately return a message left on Tuesday for comment.
The request from the lawmakers follows announcements from Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart stating they would no longer sell assault-style rifles and high capacity magazines.
Dick's Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack said, "'We support and respect the Second Amendment, and we recognize and appreciate that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are responsible, law-abiding citizens. But we have to help solve the problem that's in front of us. Gun violence is an epidemic that's taking the lives of too many people, including the brightest hope for the future of America — our kids."
Walmart Inc., also a big gun seller, stopped selling AR-15 rifles and other semi-automatic weapons in 2015.
In the letter from the New Hampshire and Maine lawmakers to KTP, they say that after these announcements they, "were sure that the KTP would likewise match such options."
Back in March, two petitions on Change.org called for the store to do the same. The petitions still continue to receive signatures.
The lawmakers ended the article by asking the KTP to break their silence and, "respond to the outpouring of community support for common-sense actions against gun violence in our communities and our country."
Material from the Associated Press contributed to this article.