Maine Chiefs of Police Endorse ‘Yes’ Vote on Question 3

On September 15, 2016 the Maine Chiefs of Police Association formally announced its endorsement of Question 3 on the Maine ballot in November in Gorham.

“Question 3 will require background checks for all gun sales in Maine. It’s a common-sense proposal that will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people,” said South Portland Police Chief Ed Googins, speaking on behalf of the association. “Criminal background checks are the single most effective way to prevent felons, domestic abusers, people with severe mental illness, and other dangerous people from purchasing a firearm.”

In states that require background checks on all handgun sales, there are 48 percent fewer police officers killed by handguns, 46 percent fewer women are shot and killed by an intimate partner and there’s a 48 percent reduction in gun trafficking.

“While no law can prevent every crime, this ballot measure will make Maine a safer place,” said Falmouth Police Chief Edward Tolan, who is also the incoming president of the association. “Maine has a strong tradition of responsible gun ownership and respect for the Second Amendment. Question 3 honors both of those values.”

The Maine Chiefs of Police Association has more than 350 members, including active and retired chiefs, sheriffs and senior law enforcement leaders from all parts of the state.

Law enforcement officers from all over the state are lining up behind Question 3,” said Chief Bob Schwartz (ret.), the executive director of the association. “We are proud to stand together to protect the great citizens of our rural state.  Question 3 will help us to do just that.”

About Mainers for Responsible Gun Ownership

Mainers for Responsible Gun Ownership is a coalition of community organizations, survivors of gun violence, law enforcement officials, faith leaders, domestic violence prevention advocates, sportsmen and other concerned Mainers working to close the background check loophole in Maine law.

The wording of Question 3, as determined by the Secretary of State, is:

“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?”