BYRON — Some residents of a small western Maine town that made national news when voters were asked whether every home should be required to have a gun have launched an effort to recall a town official who supported the proposal.

Town Clerk Allison Freeman confirmed Thursday that 17 people had signed the petition asking for the recall of Anne Simmons-Edmunds, head of Byron’s select board.

The Sun Journal reports that the petition initiated by resident Robert Bourassa says among other things that Simmons-Edmunds subjected “residents of the town to ridicule, embarrassment and disrepute” with her support of the gun measure.

Simmons-Edmunds said she was aware of the petition. Bourassa could not be reached.

Voters in the town of about 140 residents unanimously rejected the measure at town meeting this month.