The proposed "universal" background check law — Question 3 on the November ballot — is unnecessary and would be largely unenforceable as written. If this proposal became law, the only way the government could consistently convict a person in court of an illegal transfer of ownership without a background check would be if all firearms in the state were previously registered to their particular owners. Federal law prohibits the use of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System to create a gun registry. There is presently no law in Maine requiring the registration or licensing of firearms to their owners. So a universal firearm registration law in Maine would be next.
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