Maine Sheriff’s Op-Ed Hammers Background Check Scheme

posted on August 9, 2016

In a thoughtful op-ed published last week in the Bangor Daily News, Franklin County, Maine, Sheriff Scott Nichols came out strongly against the Michael Bloomberg-funded ballot initiative designed to place NYC-style gun restrictions on law-abiding Maine gun owners.

“This is the never-ending mission of anti-gun groups: to slowly erode our Second Amendment rights to the point where, eventually, we will have to crawl to the government for permission to own a gun …” he wrote of Question 3, adding, “This initiative does nothing to restrict evil people from possessing firearms.”

Nichols continued: “These groups are trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. After all, Maine’s violent crime rate is one of the lowest in the country.” He then wrapped up the op-ed with a plea for Maine citizens to vote “no” on the initiative: “My friends, this is not what our forefathers had in mind when they drew up the Second Amendment,” he wrote.

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