Lawmaker Asks Governor to Allow Guns in Maine Statehouse

Guns and other weapons are currently banned from Statehouse grounds

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A Republican lawmaker is asking Gov. Paul LePage to use his executive power to let lawmakers carry concealed weapons in the Maine Statehouse.

Rep. Richard Cebra wrote a letter to LePage after a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers during a baseball practice in Washington, D.C.

WGME-TV reports that the legislator from Naples wrote that he and others feel defenseless at a time of ``increased possibility that elected officials may become targets.'' He says it's incumbent on the state ``to allow us to protect ourselves.''

Guns and other weapons are currently banned from Statehouse grounds, and the building is protected by armed Capitol Police. LePage, who had a concealed weapon permit when they were required, says he's not sure if he has the power to allow guns in the building.

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