Former U.S. Attorney Paula Silsby recently appeared in a “Yes on 3” campaign ad to support the expansion of background checks for firearm sales and a new category of transfers that includes temporary use. Silsby claimed that there were “loopholes” in Maine firearm laws, and said, “More than 1,500 guns sold in Maine turned up at crime scenes in other states.” In front of her in the ad appeared the image, “Bangor Daily News, 11/17/2009.”
This ad makes it appear Maine is the wild-west of gun trafficking. Except, when yougo to the article referenced, this is what the story says: “Data compiled by ATF traced 97 of the 1,534 guns it recovered in 2008 in Massachusetts to Maine.” Silsby got it all wrong — when you look at ATF’s actual data of traced guns that originated in Maine and later recovered outside of Maine for 2008 in all of the United States, it was 248. Silsby and Mainers for Responsible Gun Ownership owe Maine people an apology.
Read the complete article: Central Maine.com