Currently in Maine, criminal background checks are only required for gun sales by licensed dealers. That means that felons, domestic abusers, and other dangerous people can easily buy guns anonymously from unlicensed sellers—including at gun shows and from strangers they meet online—no background check required, no questions asked.

The Background Check Initiative would close this loophole in Maine by requiring a criminal background check for every gun sale in the state, with reasonable exceptions for family, hunting, and self-defense.

Read the full text of the proposed law here

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