State Gun Laws Matter More to Mainers Than President

State Gun Law Matter More to Mainers Than President
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Now that all the results are fully being tallied from the various state elections on November 8, some interesting things are being brought to light.

One of the more interesting bits of news comes out of Maine, where more residents voted on each of the four referendums than for any presidential candidate, according to this story from press-herald.com.

According to the story, Mainers may be more passionate about guns, marijuana, taxes, and the minimum wage than about the nation's next leader.

“Unofficial tallies from the Nov. 8 election indicate more Mainers voted on four referendum proposals than for president. Those referendums legalized recreational marijuana, raised the minimum wage, and increased taxes on high-income Mainers to boost education funding.

"The trend most dramatic in the field proposal to expand background checks for gun purchases. All told, 754,857 votes were cast for the gun control measure. That's nearly 2 percent more than the 741,550 tallied in the presidential race," the story says.

This story from guns.com says of five different ballot initiatives at the polls across the nation, only the background expansion measure in Maine failed. A push for the measure was paid for in large part by former mayor of New York City and billionaire Michael Bloomberg.

Gov. Paul LePage, who was an open opponent of Question 3, proposed to amend the state constitution on citizen's referendums, which could make a repeat attempt more complicated, suggesting that signatures collected for referenda be gathered proportionately across each of the state's counties, the story says.

"The problem is that all the signatures can come easily from one part of the state—and it's usually Portland and Southern Maine," said LePage in the story.

The story says one in five residents in Maine has a hunting license, and any extending loaning of firearms would have been illegal if the measure had passed.

Question 3 wasn't embraced by Maine law enforcement either. The story says that, while the majority of Maine's elected sheriffs and the state game warden service opposed the proposition, Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck was one of the few to support it. the story says.

"If the citizens disagree with the decisions made in Augusta, they have the right to speak at the ballot box," said LePage in the story. "However, we must make sure out-of-state money pouring into one part of the state does not control our desired way of life."