The Maine chapter of Moms Demand Action is seeking to add a voter referendum to the November 2016 ballot that would expand Brady checks to include most gun transfers.
The proposal was filed with the Maine secretary of state’s office Monday and signed by the family of a murdered local woman, an area police chief, and a number of private citizens. The move mimics a campaign debuted by the group last year in Nevada seeking to add a similar initiative to an upcoming ballot.
“Right now, federal and state law require background checks for gun sales by licensed dealers, but no background check is required for guns sold by unlicensed sellers – even for sales to complete strangers they meet online, at gun shows, or through classified ads like Uncle Henry’s,” reads a statement from the group. “This dangerous loophole makes it all too easy for felons, domestic abusers, and the seriously mentally ill to avoid background checks and buy guns in Maine.”
Citing a phone survey of 400 likely voters in Maine paid for last month by the Bloomberg-funded group, MDA contends 80 percent of Mainers support background checks for all gun sales.
And as noted by the four-page proposed amendment to state law, that’s exactly what is being proposed. If approved in its current form, most gun transfers from one private citizen to another would first…