Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

Maine Ballot Initiative Puts Gun Rights On The Chopping Block

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Maine Ballot Initiative Puts Gun Rights On The Chopping Block

A Michael Bloomberg-backed anti-gun ballot initiative—which would only affect law-abiding citizens, not criminals—will be included on the November ballot in Maine as Question 3, the secretary of state has announced.  

Question 3 would make common firearm transfers illegal unless conducted through a federally licensed firearm dealer, absent limited and narrow exceptions (in other words, it would institute so-called “universal” background checks). And Bloomberg’s astroturf groups have funneled more than $3 million into the initiative that proponents claim promotes gun safety, but would simply be ignored by criminals.   

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.The U.S. Department of Justice even admitted in a 2013 report that laws like this would be entirely unenforceable without requiring full gun registration.  

As NRA-ILA recently pointed out in an action alert, Question 3 claims in the title that it only pertains to gun sales, when in fact it applies to all firearm transfers, with very limited exemptions. Further, these exemptions are vague and misleading. For example, a firearm transfer between two law-abiding Mainers would be legal at an “established shooting range,” while that same transfer would be illegal elsewhere. This will potentially turn honest, law-abiding citizens into accidental criminals.  

There are several more good reasons Mainers should vote “No” on Question 3—and encourage their family and friends to do likewise: 

There are already background checks for all firearm sales through licensed dealers. These dealer sales make up the vast majority of all firearm sales and are required by law to be run through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). 

The proposed law would only cause an undue burden on law-abiding Maine gun owners. Criminals by their very nature circumvent the laws. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 77 percent of inmates surveyed acquired their guns through theft, the black market, from drug dealers, through straw purchase or from family and friends.    

And as NRA-ILA has pointed out, “universal” background checks are not universal because criminals will never comply with these requirements. The U.S. Department of Justice even admitted in a 2013 report that laws like this would be entirely unenforceable without requiring full gun registration. And with limited safety resources, this deeply flawed initiative would also place an excessive burden on law enforcement. 

In truth, Question 3 is an unenforceable, unfunded mandate on law-abiding citizens that will only divert law enforcement’s already scarce resources. Make no mistake, the real goal of this Bloomberg initiative is the registration of all firearms. 

TRENDING NOW
The View Doesn’t Appreciate a Right

News  

Monday, October 18, 2021

The View Doesn’t Appreciate a Right

Women, and especially black women, are increasingly buying firearms for self-defense. This reality did not sit well with the hosts of a somehow still-running daytime talk show.

NYSRPA Case Exposes Biden’s Anti-Second Amendment Bias, Vindicates Opposition to Garland

News  

Monday, October 18, 2021

NYSRPA Case Exposes Biden’s Anti-Second Amendment Bias, Vindicates Opposition to Garland

Further evidence of Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland’s contempt for the Second Amendment has emerged in recent weeks.

Virginia: Terry McAuliffe Wants to Ban Guns, Register Gun Owners, and Restrict Carry

News  

Monday, October 18, 2021

Virginia: Terry McAuliffe Wants to Ban Guns, Register Gun Owners, and Restrict Carry

Virginians are increasingly exercising their Second Amendment rights. NICS Checks in the commonwealth were up more than 60-percent from 2019 to 2020. From 2019 to 2021 there was a 21-percent increase in the number of ...

Biden Administration Bans Importation of Russian Ammunition

News  

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Biden Administration Bans Importation of Russian Ammunition

The Biden Administration’s Department of State announced that it will soon prohibit the importation of Russian ammunition into the United States. According to a release on the Department of State’s website, “[n]ew and pending permit applications ...

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

Final Brief Filed in Key Second Amendment Case Before Supreme Court of the United States

Friday, October 15, 2021

Final Brief Filed in Key Second Amendment Case Before Supreme Court of the United States

The final reply brief has been filed in the NRA-ILA-supported case challenging New York’s restrictive concealed-carry-licensing regime. This was the final filing before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on November 3rd.

The Year of the Gun – Record Number of Carry Permits in 2020

News  

Monday, October 18, 2021

The Year of the Gun – Record Number of Carry Permits in 2020

Last year was one for the record books. Not only did gun sales climb to unprecedented highs, but 40 percent of all purchasers were first-time gun buyers, estimated to be some 8.4 million people.

DOJ Releases Biden Gun Confiscation Order Legislation

News  

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

DOJ Releases Biden Gun Confiscation Order Legislation

DOJ has made clear that Garland’s selective definition of “civil rights” has no room for the Second Amendment...

Ohio: Senate Passes Emergency Powers Bill

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Ohio: Senate Passes Emergency Powers Bill

Yesterday, the Senate voted 23-7 to pass Senate Bill 185, to guarantee that Second Amendment rights remain protected during emergencies.

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

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.