BDN editorial: Background checks can’t work if 40 percent of gun sales don’t require them

If the point of requiring background checks before selling guns is to keep firearms out of the hands of people who aren’t supposed to have them, Maine, along with most other states, is failing. That’s because an estimated 40 percent of gun sales take place online or through other venues that do not require background checks...

These data show that background checks work. But they’re required for too few gun sales in Maine, allowing prohibited buyers to turn easily to other venues to purchase firearms... Subjecting these sales to background check requirements is a needed safeguard that simply makes sense.