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Gun Rights Hall of Fame

The Gun Rights Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals who have done the most to defend and extend the fundamental civil right guaranteed under the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, and Article I, Section 16 of the Constitution of the State of Maine.

Todd Tolhurst (1959-2020)


When it comes to defending and advancing the 2nd Amendment rights of Maine people, Todd Tolhurst raised the bar for what it means to be a champion of gun rights.

As GOME’s first President, Todd worked tirelessly to transform a loosely organized group into what is now a recognized and respected organization making an impact in Maine’s political landscape.

He volunteered countless hours and donated significant sums of his own money to ensure the growth and success of our organization. Gun Owners of Maine—as we know it today—probably would not exist without the vision and dedication of Todd Tolhurst.

As a result of Todd’s efforts, GOME is now a thriving and effective grassroots army of gun rights activists.

Todd will be missed greatly, and we will be forever grateful for the work he did on our behalf. May we all be inspired and challenged by his example.

Sen. Eric Brakey

  Senator Brakey is responsible for Maine's landmark gun rights legislation, Constitutional Carry, which he sponsored in the 127th Legislature in 2015.  He worked tirelessly to obtain co-sponsors for the bill -- nearly 100 in all, and championed the bill with an relaxed mastery of the topic coupled with articulate and persuasive arguments.

Rep. Patrick Corey

  Representative Corey not only played an important role in passing Constitutional Carry in the House of Representatives, but introduced badly-needed shooting range protection legislation that became law in the 127th Legislature.

In the 128th Legislature, Rep. Corey has introduced legislation which would prohibit State or local government from establishing a registry of firearms or firearm owners.

Rep. Joel Stetkis

  Representative Joel Stetkis has been a staunch supporter of the right to keep and bear arms -- and not limited to just firearms. In the 127th Legislature, Rep. Stetkis introduced a bill which repealed the quaint 1950's-era prohibition on automatic knives.  His bill became law in October 2015, finally allowing Mainers to possess and use modern knives.

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