NRA takes aim at Question 3 in Maine

If it's passed, Question 3 would require universal background checks for any gun sales. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) -- The NRA is taking aim at one of Maine's ballot questions.

If it's passed, Question 3 would require universal background checks for any gun sales.

Wednesday, the NRA’s executive director blasted the proposal in Portland.

The executive director of the National Rifle Association spoke at a luncheon in Portland Wednesday. He says if Question 3 passes and background checks are required for the sale and transfer of guns, it'd be a "nightmare" and could easily turn law abiding citizens into criminals.

Currently, Maine does not have a state law requiring background checks for gun sales.

The state follows federal laws that only require them if you buy a gun through a licensed dealer.

If Question 3 passes, the background checks would be expanded for the sale and transfer of all firearms.

While the NRA says this would limit citizens' Second Amendment rights, proponents like the Maine Gun Safety Coalition say it's a common sense measure.

The question will go before voters in November. You can read the legislation below.

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