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EqualityMaine endorses Question 3 - Mainers for Responsible Gun Ownership

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Written by Chris O'Connor
October 4, 2016 - 3:00pm
Yes on 3
EqualityMaine is endorsing Question 3, which would require background checks for all gun sales in our state.
Hate violence has disproportionately impacted the LGBT community for many years, and a recent study showed that homicides of LGBT people actually increased 20 percent in the United States from 2014 to 2015.
This issue really came to the foreground for us in June, when LGBT people were intentionally targeted in the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. At that point it became clear: too many people have paid the price, and it’s time we take action.
Loopholes in our laws allow felons, domestic abusers, people with severe mental illness, and other dangerous people to purchase a firearm. While no law could prevent every crime, we believe that this initiative is a common sense approach to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people who would inflict violence on the LGBT community.  
For more info, visit: http://responsiblemaine.org.

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