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Forum on the Future Panel Discussion – Looking at the Second Amendment

The University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) College of Arts and Sciences and the UMA Senior College (UMASC) will present, as part of its Forum on the Future series, a panel discussion entitled “Looking at the Second Amendment” at Jewett Hall on UMA’s Augusta campus on Sunday, February 3, 2019. The panel discussion will begin at 2:00 pm with a refreshment break, followed by a question and answer period until 4:00 p.m. UMASC Forums on the Future are intended to be presentations of information and ideas, and not a debate.

The February forum will begin with details of the history of the Second Amendment to our Constitution, followed by the perspective of the hunter/sportsman, and will also propose ways to decrease gun violence. The forum is prompted by the many discussions taking place regarding this amendment.

The panel for this discussion will consist of the following individuals:

Dave Cheever, State of Maine Archivist since 2007, will present historical aspects. Mr. Cheever has had a varied career, including as a former teacher, sports director at Bangor television station, news director of Stephen King’s Bangor radio station, he later became Press Secretary for Governor Joseph Brennan. He has also been Editorial Page Editor for Central Maine Newspapers.

David Trahan, a former self employed logger and legislator from Lincoln County, has been Executive Director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine since 2011. His interests include defending Second Amendment rights, rebuilding the deer herd and expanding the use of our Maine outdoor attractions to a broader population.

Geoff Bickford, Executive Director of the Maine Gun Safety Coalition, will speak to issues of protecting Maine families from gun violence by expansion of education, advocacy and the distribution of free trigger locks. A lawyer, his previous experience includes acting as a public defender in Manhattan and clerking for Judge John Rich III of the United States District Court for the District of Maine in Portland.

All Forums on the Future are free and open to the public. For more information about UMASC and our other activities please call us at 621-3551 or email us at umasc@maine.edu.

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