May 10, 2013

Mandatory gun ownership supporter narrowly survives Byron recall effort

The Associated Press

BYRON — An official who brought national attention to a small western Maine town for her support of a measure that would have required every home in town to have a gun has narrowly survived a recall effort.

Residents of Byron this week voted 32-31 to allow Selectman Anne Simmons-Edmunds to keep her seat on the town's governing board. The Sun Journal ( ) reports that Town Clerk Allison Freeman confirmed the vote count.

Another town resident initiated the recall effort in March for several reasons, including the "ridicule, embarrassment and disrepute" her support of the gun ownership measure brought to the town of about 140 residents.

Voters overwhelmingly rejected the proposal.

Some people in town, including gun owners, said the proposal was another example of government overreach.


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