Maine Chiefs of Police Association Endorses YES on 3
The Maine Chiefs of Police Association formally announced its endorsement of Question 3 on the Maine ballot in November during a press conference in Gorham.
“Question 3 will require background checks for all gun sales in Maine. It’s a common-sense proposal that will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people,” said South Portland Police Chief Ed Googins, speaking on behalf of the association. “Criminal background checks are the single most effective way to prevent felons, domestic abusers, people with severe mental illness, and other dangerous people from purchasing a firearm.”
In states that require background checks on all handgun sales, there
are 48 percent fewer police officers killed by handguns, 46 percent
fewer women are shot and killed by an intimate partner and there’s
a 48 percent reduction in gun trafficking.
“While no law can prevent every crime, this ballot measure will
make Maine a safer place,” said Falmouth Police Chief Edward Tolan,
who is also the incoming president of the association. “Maine has a
strong tradition of responsible gun ownership and respect for the
Second Amendment. Question 3 honors both of those values.”
The Maine Chiefs of Police Association has more than 350 members,
including active and retired chiefs, sheriffs and senior law
enforcement leaders from all parts of the state.
“Law enforcement officers from all over the state are lining up
behind Question 3,” said Chief Bob Schwartz (ret.), the executive
director of the association. “We are proud to stand together to
protect the great citizens of our rural state. Question 3 will help
us to do just that.”
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.
The wording of Question 3, as determined by the Secretary of State,
“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?”