Op Ed: Background checks not cure-all, but they’ll make Maine safer

This past week, Mainers came together in an effort to get an important gun safety initiative onto next year’s ballot. At events in Ellsworth and Portland, volunteers started collecting signatures so that next fall Maine voters will have the opportunity to support criminal background checks on all gun sales.

This is a common-sense public safety measure that recognizes that Second Amendment rights go hand in hand with the responsibility to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. Mainers deserve the chance to have an up-or-down vote on this critical issue.


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