A referendum that would expand background checks to all private sales and simple transfers between gun owners is an affront to gun rights and individual liberties, Gov. Paul LePage said on Wednesday. Echoing the Republican's statements was Chris Cox, of the National Rifle Association of America who is also the executive director of the political and lobbying wing of the NRA. Both men spoke out against a ballot initiative that Maine voters will consider this fall that, if approved, would require background checks before gun transfers and sales between unlicensed firearm dealers.
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