Voters in Maine this November will be asked to answer yes or no on Question 3 concerning expanding background checks on firearms to include most private transfers.
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap on Monday announced the order of ballot questions with the gun initiative falling behind those to legalize marijuana and increase K-12 taxes and ahead of referendums to increase minimum wage and establish ranked choice voting.
Filed with the office last August, the referendum, if approved by voters, would mandate Brady checks on most gun transfers with the question being:
“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?”
Dunlap’s office gave the go ahead to start collecting signatures in October and a gun control group bankrolled by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg coughed over 80,000 signatures in January, though they paid at least $570,000 to a professional canvassing organization to get them. While the Dunlap’s office found more than 18,000 signatures were not valid, backers still had enough to meet the minimum of 61,123 registered Maine voters to proceed.
“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…