Bill to allow concealed guns in Maine Capitol spiked

Posted June 08, 2011, at 10:43 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill that would have allowed people with permits to carry concealed firearms in the Maine State House is being withdrawn at the sponsor’s request.

Rep. Dale Crafts asked that his bill be spiked for the session and the House of Representatives complied Tuesday.

The Lisbon Republican says recent plans to tighten security in the State House diminished his concern about possible threats to legislators, staff members and visitors in the building.

A new security plan that will cost about $546,000 over two years will add one police officer and four security officers to operate a metal detector at the public entrance to the State House.

The plan, approved by legislative leaders last week, is expected to be implemented by next January when lawmakers return to Augusta.

 

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