ME Lawmakers Spend $546k to Screen for Guns at State House

“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,” reports. “And last weekend a member of the Maine Legislature was arrested in Waterville on charges of criminal threatening and carrying a concealed weapon. [Republican, Wal-Mart pharmacist and] House Speaker Robert Nutting [above] 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.”