Letter from Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) to Outdoor Partners
To the Fish and Game Club Network and Outdoor Partners:
SAM has introduced a number of pieces of legislation to protect sportsmen and gun owners from destructive referendums in the future. In addition, we have an aggressive legislative agenda to fix state laws.
Communication and membership are where we generate our legislative power and influence. We are desperately attempting to increase our numbers and expand our fish and game club network. In addition to trying to raise money to special club raffles we are seeking donations and new members.
Please see the attached documents and consider forwarding this request to your membership.
SAM Legislative Agenda and Appeal-Help us End the Abuse of Our Referendum System and Protect Our Gun Rights
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Help us by Joining SAM and make a donation or both. Sick of Bloomberg and the Humane Society of the U.S.?
Below is our upcoming Legislative agenda that we believe will end the attacks. In addition to the plan spelled out in the appeal we have introduced two additional bills, one sponsored by Rep. Patrick Corey to make it illegal to create a data base of gun owners, LD 9, An Act To Prohibit the Creation of a Firearms Owner Registry. In addition we have introduced a bill sponsored by Rep. Lance Harvell to repeal a current state law, Title 15, Chapter 17, Subsection 455 that forces federal firearm license holders to create a state copy of the 4473 document you complete when purchasing firearms. This state database is the foundation of a state gun registry and contains confidential private information about firearm owners. Please share this e-mail with friends and fellow club members. We must Unite and Protect Our Rights by passing this aggressive SAM Legislative Agenda-We are under constant attack! Join the most powerful organization in Maine and help us win new Constitutional Protections in the legislature and then next fall.
Go to Our website and join, make a contribution or buy a raffle ticket. Better yet, do all three!
Thank you for your support!
David Trahan, SAM Executive Director
Help Us Stop the Next Gun/HSUS Bear Referendum!
January 10, 2017
UPDATE: Proposed Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine Constitutional Amendments and Important Legislation to Protect Us from More Bear/Gun Referendums
Dear York Fish and Game Association,
On Election Day, November 8th, 2016, the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine led a small coalition of concerned firearm owners and sportsmen against billionaire anti-gun zealot and ex-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. His initiative, disguised as expanding background checks, would have made the casual-temporary transfer of firearms between law abiding citizens criminal.
If passed, guides, hunting mentors and those teaching recreational shooters would have been forced to endure new, expensive government regulation to pass on their decades of hunting and shooting experience.
Remote, Professional Maine Guides who often loan non-resident clients a firearm to hunt would have been required to do expensive, unnecessary work or become licensed firearm dealers, no doubt, Michael Bloomberg, called the “godfather of gun control” knew exactly what he was doing and his motives were to make it as hard as possible for law abiding gun owners to legally use firearms.
The latest attack on gun owners is just like the bear referendum-big out of state special interests thought they could use their money to manipulate the referendum system and promote their anti-hunting, anti-gun agenda.
No one believed we had a chance to win against Bloomberg-except me and a few dedicated patriots! Just after the bear referendum victory, I put together a long term strategy to reform our Constitutional referendum system, change and strengthen our laws and build a grassroots network to effectively stand up to the animal rights and gun control zealots.
Much of that plan is already in motion, some has passed, but, big pieces of it are still in the works. I will summarize each piece completed and what is left to do. That is why I need your help in finishing the job!
SAM submitted and passed legislation to stop paid professional non-resident petitioners from circulating petitions in Maine. Groups like Bloomberg’s and the Humane Society of the United States use their paid collectors from around the country to hijack states like Maine, in violation of our state Constitution. It is now clear in Maine law-only Mainers can collect signatures!
SAM introduced and passed legislation to dedicate $1 million a year to educate the Maine electorate about the value of sportsmen in managing wildlife. In addition, this money will be used to teach un-educated urban Mainers why Inland Fisheries and Wildlife needs management tools like trapping, baiting and hounding to manage bears and other wildlife. The legislation also stopped groups like HSUS from filing frivolous lawsuits to stop IF&W from speaking out against them by clarifying IF&W has power and authority in law. The same IF&W bear biologists who helped us win will now have the resources and clear authority to help us!
SAM has introduced three Constitutional Resolutions to stop or bring fairness to future wildlife and firearm referendums.
· SAM Constitutional Resolution to exempt wildlife management from the referendum process; although, we could not get our outdoor partners to agree to move this initiative forward last year we believe it’s too important to our future and will introduce this bill again and will move it forward this year.
· Another SAM Constitutional Resolution would establish the Constitutional right to hunt fish and trap. We believe it is time Maine joined the rest of the states around the country that make hunting, fishing and trapping a right!
· SAM will re-introduce a Constitutional Resolution to mirror the one that fell just four votes short of the 2/3rds needed for passage that would require qualifying signatures for ballot initiatives come equally from both Congressional Districts. This change would bring equality to all Mainers by insuring heavily populated politically liberal areas like Portland stop dictating to the rest of Maine what gets on the ballot.
SAM has introduced a law change that would reform the state laws that govern citizen petitions. The changes proposed include toughening penalties for violating Notary, (loss of license, fines) and circulator rules; including giving the Secretary of State the authority to throw out petitions if circulators violate rules. In addition, the law would create an on-line fraud reporting hotline for individual cases of potential fraud. If this SAM law change finally passes Maine will finally have a referendum system that is accountable to the voters!
SAM will lead an effort to rebuild the next generation of Sportsmen and Women-Invest in our Children!
It is no secret fewer and fewer children are learning the skills of hunting, shooting and responsible conservation. Two years ago, SAM invested in the future by renovating our 8000 sq. ft. facility. Our members and partners contributed $150,000 to begin youth conservation programs at our Augusta, Maine facility. We did it with committed membership and sheer will. In the coming year, we plan to teach 1000 children how to hunt fish and conserve our natural resources.
At the same time we transformed our building; we reached out and established formal relationships with almost 50 Fish and Game Clubs. This Club Network was key to winning two referendums and now it is time to rebuild their aging infrastructure.
Several years ago we worked with Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to secure a million dollars, (federal) a year to invest in shooting club ranges. It is now time to expand that investment to include grants for youth conservation programs. SAM has introduced a bill to establish a new state grant program ($500,000.00) per year for club programs that serve our state’s young people.
Finally, SAM has restructured our organization into two separate, but affiliated organizations or non-profits. A C-3, non-profit (educational foundation) and a (c-4) political, SAM ILA, (Institute for Legislative Action). This important restructuring will now allow us to instantly respond to attacks from anti-hunting-anti-sportsmen special interests. We have rebuilt reserve accounts and established the Friends of Maine Sportsmen Ballot Question Committee (for referendums) and the SAM PAC, (elections).
When Bloomberg and HSUS attacked Maine with their National gun control/anti-hunter agendas and against the odds, SAM responded and led two successful grassroots opposition campaigns, establishing our organization as the go to group to defend your hunting and gun rights!
We Need You!
If we are to win a 2/3rds vote to place our three Constitutional Resolutions on the ballot and pass initiative reform we will need additional resources. HSUS and Bloomberg will spend whatever it takes to stop our aggressive legislative agenda. We are looking to hire additional lobbying support and initiate a radio and print media campaign. It will be hard work and expensive, but, in order to stop the constant attacks on our outdoor culture and heritage; we must win referendum reform and these important Constitutional protections!
If you are not a SAM member, please consider joining, (ask a friend to join) and make a donation to help us win this session and build a campaign for next November where we will finally win our long sought after Constitutional protections. We will hold a special raffle and fundraiser for just this purpose. All donations and raffle proceeds from this appeal will be used for this effort. Please help us capitalize on our recent victories and build a stronger organization that protects and defends our future!
Thank you for your past support and we appreciate anything you can do to help,
Executive Director, Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine
“The work we do today may seem overwhelming and at times, may test our faith, but it is our efforts today, against all odds that will insure the rights of the unborn-rights to the amazing culture, experiences and heritage that makes us sportsmen” David Trahan, 2016
Becky Morrell, Operations Manager
Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine
205 Church Hill Road, Suite 1
Augusta, ME 04330