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Maine: Bloomberg Gun Control Initiative Headed to November Ballot

Friday, March 25, 2016

Maine: Bloomberg Gun Control Initiative Headed to November Ballot

Yesterday, March 24, the Maine Senate joined with the House of Representatives to indefinitely postpone the Bloomberg gun control ballot initiative, which has been introduced as LD 1662.  This procedural vote by both Chambers to reject the legislation will allow the measure to go on the ballot for the November General Election. 

Despite the rhetoric, this radically misguided ballot initiative will not reduce crime.  As seen in Oregon and Washington, this initiative is another attempt by former New York City Mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg to push his big city style gun-control on law-abiding gun owners in Maine.  Currently, it is illegal to knowingly sell a firearm to someone who is a prohibited person.  Likewise, it is a felony for a prohibited person to buy, own or possess a firearm.  However, this initiative seeks to make drastic and unnecessary changes to current laws that will place excessive restrictions on law-abiding citizens rather than addressing the true problems associated with straw purchases and the lack of enforcement of current laws.

This initiative would do nothing to prevent criminals from breaking the law and getting their hands on firearms.  Criminals will continue to use the black market, straw purchasers and theft in order to obtain firearms.  This initiative would only turn law-abiding gun owners into criminals. Simply loaning a firearm to a friend could turn a law-abiding gun owner into a criminal overnight.

Once again, your NRA-ILA will continue to update you on any further developments of the Bloomberg gun control initiative as we continue to move closer to the November General Election.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.