Background Check Initiative Is Question 3 On November Statewide Ballot

ELLSWORTH – The Maine Secretary of State today announced the order for the citizens’ initiatives that will be on the ballot in November.

The initiative to require background checks for all gun sales will be Question 3.

Mainers for Responsible Gun Ownership, a coalition of law enforcement officials, gun violence survivors, sportsmen, gun owners and gun violence prevention advocates, will advocate for a “Yes” vote on Question 3 to require background checks for all gun sales.

“While we know that no single law can prevent all gun violence, a ‘Yes’ vote on Question 3 in November will make it harder for dangerous people to get guns,” said David Farmer, campaign manager for Mainers for Responsible Gun Ownership. “This common-sense proposal respects Maine’s long history of responsible gun ownership and will make our state safer.”

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

A “Yes” vote for the Maine Background Check Initiative closes this loophole and requires the same background check for all gun sales.

The wording of Question 3, as determined by the Secretary of State, is:

“Do you want to require background checks prior to the sale or transfer of firearms between individuals not licensed as firearms dealers, with failure to do so punishable by law, and with some exceptions for family members, hunting, self-defense, lawful competitions, and shooting range activity?”

About Mainers for Responsible Gun Ownership

Mainers for Responsible Gun Ownership is a coalition of community organizations, survivors of gun violence, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, domestic violence prevention advocates, sportsmen and other concerned Mainers working to close the background check loophole in Maine law.

For more information, visit: www.responsiblemaine.org.

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