“In a major upset for Maine’s gun rights grass-roots and over a campaign apparatus that steeply outraised them, voters rejected an expansion of background checks on private gun sales and transfers on Tuesday.” That won’t make Shannon Watts or her paymaster, Michael Bloomberg happy. Particularly given all the cash the diminutive former mayor poured into the state. Question three went down by a 52 to 48 vote.
But they’re no doubt much happier about the results from Nevada. By a much slimmer margin — less than one percentage point — Silver Staters approved UBCs.
As ktvn.com reports,
The governor, state attorney general and 16 of the state’s 17 county sheriffs joined opponents of the measure, backed by the National Rifle Association.
They called the initiative a threat to Second Amendment gun rights that would cost law-abiding gun owners time and money.
They argued that criminals just don’t get background checks.
Oh, and as expected, Gavin Newsom is dancing a jig this morning as California’s Proposition 63 passed last night. Golden Staters will now become criminals for possessing magazines that hold more than ten rounds and will have to undergo a background check when they purchase ammo.
Also, to complete the anti-2A trifecta, Washington’s Initiative 1491 was approved by voters. That gives police and courts the ability to confiscate firearms via so-called gun violence restraining orders or, as proponents in Washington christened them, “extreme risk protection orders.”
One step forward, three steps back.