Wednesday, April 23, 2014
By Kevin Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
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The U.S. Capitol in Washington.
The Associated Press
So how did Maine's senators do?
Well, neither group has officially released its "scorecards" yet, but it's safe to say Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King received good and bad marks from the organizations on key votes, including:
• Background checks: On the highest-profile issue -- a proposal to require background checks prior to private gun sales occurring at gun shows or after being advertised online or in print -- both King and Collins supported the expansion. That put them on the wrong side of the NRA, which called the compromise "misguided" in a letter to senators, but on the right side of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
• Assault weapons ban: The opposite was true on the proposal to ban so-called "assault rifles." Both King and Collins voted against the ban, which they did not believe would be effective. That earned them good points in the NRA's system and a bad score with the mayors group.
• Magazine capacity: King voted for a proposal to ban larger-capacity ammunition magazines while Collins voted against it.
So King's vote fell in line with the mayors group's desires while Collins' vote was consistent with the NRA's position on the measure.
• Gun trafficking: A proposal to criminalize gun trafficking and straw purchasers in federal law had the support of both the NRA and the mayors group but failed nonetheless in Wednesday's highly politicized voting. Collins, who was co-author of the bill, and King both voted for it. It was unclear whether the NRA would score lawmakers on their vote on that proposal, however.
So out of those four votes, Collins appears to have racked up two positive scores from the mayors group and three positive scores from the NRA. King had three positive scores from the mayors group and two positives from the NRA.
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