Maine lawmakers considering checking for guns at State House

Posted May 27, 2011, at 7:49 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers are considering a plan to screen people going into the Augusta State House for weapons.

Security has been a concern for Maine lawmakers since January, when U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot during a public event in Tucson.

And last weekend Maine Rep. Frederick Wintle was arrested in Waterville on charges of criminal threatening and carrying a concealed weapon.

House Speaker Robert Nutting says about $546,000 would be added to the Capitol Police budget to pay personnel to screen people going into the State House.

The Kennebec Journal says the program is designed to start in January and after that it will be full time.

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