A survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting is sharing his story in the hopes of curbing gun violence.
He’s throwing his support behind a Maine ballot initiative aimed at requiring background checks before nearly all private gun sales in the state.
He spoke to students at the University of Maine in Orono Wednesday night.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A question asking Maine voters to expand firearms background checks qualified for the November 2016 state ballot after the secretary of state’s office confirmed Thursday that petitioners had collected enough signatures to force a referendum.
Maine election officials are verifying petitions for a ballot measure requiring criminal background checks for all private gun sales in the state.
The President and Vice President are committed to using every tool at the Administration’s disposal to reduce gun violence. Some of the gaps in our country’s gun laws can only be fixed through legislation, which is why the President continues to call on Congress to pass the kind of commonsense gun safety reforms supported by a majority of the American people. And while Congress has repeatedly failed to take action and pass laws that would expand background checks and reduce gun violence, today, building on the significant steps that have already been taken over the past several years, the Administration is announcing a series of commonsense executive actions.
Click here to read the full fact sheet detailing President Obama's executive actions on gun control.