The House has passed a bill allowing a concealed weapon permit from one state be honored in another state. Maine’s two representatives split on the issue.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine’s 2nd District voted for the bill and spoke in support on the floor, saying it’s a commonsense measure.
“Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill of 2017 is a commonsense fix to a patchwork of state laws that will confuse and do confuse law-abiding Americans,” he says.
But U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District voted against the measure, saying it would make it harder for law enforcement to do their job.
“Seeing this bill come to the floor a week before the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting is absolutely sickening,” she said in a statement. “This blatant giveaway to the NRA is so far off-base from what the American people have been calling on Congress to do.”
The bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration.