Michael Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun group Maine Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense filed paperwork Monday with the Maine Secretary of State to bring an ‘Expanded Background Checks’ referendum to ballot next year The initiative focuses on private gun sales and transfers which do not require a criminal background check in Maine.
“I own guns, I purchase guns.I have run a background check on myself. It only takes two minutes in most cases. It is not a hard thing to go through, let’s just close this loophole and make it safe for all Mainers,” said Wayne Richardson, part of the group filing for the referendum. The group must collect ~70,000 signatures before January to bring the referendum to a vote.
The referendum is in stark contrast to the Constitutional Carry bill that was signed just two months ago. The referendums detractors claim that it is unconstitutional and ineffective.
Patrick James, CEO of the grass-roots 2nd Amendment advocacy group Cold Dead Hands issued the following statement addressing Moms Demand Action:
“The People of Maine have already spoken. This past June, Maine joined five other states in abolishing permit requirements that restricted law-abiding citizens from being able to carry firearms. Though the un-constitutionality of this referendum will certainly be lost on those who support it, Mainers know better than to support this attempt at back-door gun control.
Many do not realize that background checks are already in place for all firearms-dealer sales. ‘Expanded background checks’ is a dishonest term that means something else entirely. Gun Registration… The ideas presented by Moms Demand Action are unenforceable by their very nature without Gun Registration. While we would be hard-pressed to sway those who do support MDA, Gun Registration is a term that does not sit well with most Mainers, or Americans for that matter.
Moms Demand Action will make attempts to gain signatures through dishonest means and though we have no doubt that they will collect the number required given their astro-turf funding, we will fight this on every level. The Constitution will prevail.”
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