Maine State Police Get AR-15 Rifles


Nok-Noi Ricker
Bangor Daily News
May 1, 2010

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SCARBOROUGH, Maine — The first time state Rep. Paulette Beaudoin of Biddeford ever shot a gun was last week at a range in town where Maine State Police troopers fine-tune their marksmanship skills.

A trooper placed a Maine-made AR-15 assault rifle in her hands and gave her tips about how to fire the gun safely. Beaudoin is the one who submitted a bill to supply the weapons to every trooper on regular patrol.

“It was the first time I ever, ever had a rifle in my hands,” said the 76-year-old great grandmother. “It was quite a thrill.”

Beaudoin is not exactly sure how many shots she fired with the AR-15, but knows she emptied the gun’s clip.

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