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Eliot respects and honors all constitutional rights, including the right to bear arms

under the Second Amendment. Eliot is the only candidate for governor who supports a
requirement for truly universal criminal background checks upon the sale and transfer
of frearms.
The Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence endorsed Eliot, saying: On the issue of
preventing gun violence, Eliot Cutler stands head and shoulders above his opponents
Mike Michaud and Paul LePage.
Eliot supports the Manchin-Toomey bill in the U.S. Senate, which is supported by
Senators Angus King and Susan Collins, and a similar version in the House that is
co-sponsored by Representative Chellie Pingree. (Congressman Michaud has not co-
sponsored the House bill.)
Eliot also supported LD 1240, the Act To Promote the Safe Use and Sale of Firearms,
passed by the Maine Legislature last year, but vetoed by Paul LePage. LD 1240 would
have required frearm safety courses, increased the minimum age to hold a concealed
weapon permit, required background checks for private sales, and begun to address
access to frearms by those both mentally ill and a danger to themselves or others.
Requiring universal background checks for gun sales and educating gun owners on
the safe use and storing of guns would save lives. The presence of a gun in domestic
violence situations increases by 500 percent the risk that women will be victims of
homicide. Moreover, in states that require a background check for every handgun sale,
there are 38 percent fewer women shot to death by intimate partners.
Eliot does not accept campaign contributions from any special interest Political Action
Committee (PAC), including the National Rife Association (NRA) PAC and other
corporate gun lobby PACs.
Eliot Cutlers Record:
Eliot was endorsed by the Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence, because he stands
head and shoulders above his opponents
Mike Michaud has taken over $40,000 from the NRA, and has refused to sign on to the
Manchin-Toomy universal background check bill, and Paul LePage was endorsed by the NRA
in 2010.
Paul LePage has an A rating from the NRA.
LePage was endorsed by the NRA in 2010:
Mike Michauds Record:
Mr. Michaud has taken more than $40,000 in campaign checks and in-kind contributions
from the NRA and the corporate gun lobby during his years in the U.S. House of
Representatives, and he has received a 91% approval rating from the NRA for his House
voting record.
[Michaud] has a stellar rating from the NRA. (Kennebec Journal, 6/15/2013)
After entering the governors race, Michaud removed this language from his website:
Mike has consistently opposed any further restrictions on the ownsership or possesion
(sic) of frearms and has long been supported by the NRA.
Congressman Michaud has refused to join 188 of his colleagues in signing on as a
cosponsor of the House version of the Manchin-Toomey universal background check bill.
Paul LePages Record:
Eliot strongly supports better frearms safety education.
Eliot believed that we need to focus more attention on the problem of access to frearms
by people who simply shouldnt own guns, like convicted criminals and people suffering
from mental illness who are a danger to themselves or others.
Eliot Cutlers Record (cont.):