An Act Prohibiting a Law Enforcement Officer from Confiscating a Firearm under Certain Conditions
Sec. 1. 25 MRSA c. 252-B is enacted to read:
PROHIBITION OF ORDERING CERTAIN ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS
§ 2021. Prohibition of ordering certain enforcement actions
This bill prohibits a law enforcement officer from ordering a subordinate officer or other officer under the supervision of the law enforcement officer, pursuant to the authority of a federal law or regulation or executive order of the President of the United States, to seize or confiscate a firearm or firearm accessory or ammunition in the possession of a resident of this State. The bill designates a first violation of the law as a civil violation, punishable by a fine of $1,000, and a second violation as a Class D crime. The provisions of the bill do not apply to a law enforcement officer who engages in the prohibited conduct if the firearm or firearm accessory or ammunition is being used in the commission of a Class A, Class B or Class C crime or if the law enforcement officer is assisting a federal law enforcement office or agency in conducting an investigative or enforcement action against suspected trafficking in scheduled drugs under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, chapter 45 or suspected organized criminal activities.