One of the many bright spots in the 2016 elections for supporters of the Second Amendment was the defeat of Question 3 in Maine. The question was relatively straightforward compared to many. From ballotpedia:
Do you want to require background checks prior to the sale or transfer of firearms between individuals not licensed as firearms dealers, with failure to do so punishable by law, and with some exceptions for family members, hunting, self-defense, lawful competitions, and shooting range activity?
Question 3 was more complicated in reality. It was three full pages long. You may read the entire proposition in a pdf file at this maine.gov page:
It does not matter much now. A large group of independent minded Maine citizens rose up against the out of state money spent by Michael Bloomberg and defeated his gun control agenda. The NRA was able to send a million dollars to defend Maine's Citizens' rights.
Bloomberg spent more than four million dollars. From wlbz2.com:
Trahan is rallying sportsmen and sport shooters in an attempt to defeat Question 3. Spending on the “Yes” side of the Question is Bloomberg driven and amounts to more than four million dollars. Most of the “No” money has come from the National Rifle Association and amounts to one million dollars.
Maine citizens refused to allow their rights to be purchased by a New York City billionaire.
Question 3 lost 52% (749,286) to 48% (697,793).
Maine won. Bloomberg lost.
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