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WKIT News: Democratic Leader Suggests Lawmaker Should Step Down

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon says a Republican lawmaker should resign if it’s true that he’s illegally possessing firearms.Republican Rep. Jeff Pierce was convicted in 1983 of felony-level drug trafficking charges, and state and federal law prohibit individuals with felony convictions from possessing firearms.

The Portland Press Herald has reported records show Pierce has registered game that he shot with rifles and shotguns at least five times between 2001 and 2012. State records show Pierce has firearms hunting licenses, but Pierce told the newspaper he didn’t own or possess any firearms.

A Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokesman said an investigation is ongoing, but declined comment on Pierce. Firearm permits don’t require a background check.

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