Jared Golden on Gun Control



Voted against universal background checks

Golden, one of just two House Democrats to oppose the new majority's universal background checks bill, said background checks wouldn't have prevented the El Paso and Dayton shooters from obtaining guns. "The issue is much greater than background checks," Golden said. Golden and [Susan] Collins both oppose the House-passed bill because they deem the exemptions for gun transfers to family and friends too narrow.
Source: Politico.com on 2018 House ME-2 race , Aug 14, 2019

Oppose concealed carry without a permit

SP 245: An Act To Authorize the Carrying of Concealed Handguns without a Permit.

Summary by Bangor Daily News: Supporters of the bill said the measure doesn't change who can legally own and carry a weapon but simply legalizes carrying concealed weapons. The bill's opponents said they believed it would lead to a more dangerous and deadly Maine, one of the safest states in the country. Some who have been screened by state or local police and denied permits for a variety of reasons would now be able to pack heat, they said.

Summary by NRA:The National Rifle Association won another victory for gun owners today. "Maine now joins an ever-growing number of states in passing permitless carry,"

Legislative outcome: Passed House 87-60-4, Roll Call #152, Jun/4/2015; Rep. Golden voted NO; Passed Senate 23-12-0; Roll Call #372; Jun/30/15; Signed by Governor Paul LePage Jul/8/15

Source: Bangor Daily News on Maine legislative voting record SP 245 , Jun 4, 2015

Voted NO on background check for every firearm sale.

Golden voted NAY the Bipartisan Background Checks Act

H.R.8: To require a background check for every firearm sale. This Act may be cited as the "Background Check Expansion Act".