AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – Question 3 on the November ballot has become a contentious issue.
It would require background checks for all gun sales in Maine. Today advocates for domestic violence prevention threw their support behind it. But not everyone who has fought against domestic abuse is on board.
There’s no question domestic violence is a problem in Maine. At one point it was dubbed public enemy number one. No one knows that better than Lois Galgay Reckitt. For more than 30-years she served as Director of the Domestic Violence Resource Center in Cumberland County.
“In those 36-years I saw way too many homicides”, Reckitt said.
She believes Question 3 will reduce domestic homicides.
“We can stop half the domestic violence in Maine by doing this and that’s a small price to pay frankly to have to get a background check”, she said.
Not everyone who has worked to curb domestic violence agrees.
Sheriffs, who are on the front lines of combating domestic abuse, oppose Question 3 saying its poorly worded.
Governor LePage, who has been a staunch supporter of efforts to prevent domestic violence, also opposes it. He says it’s unconstitutional.
Throughout the campaign voters have been left with mixed messages surrounding Question 3. Both side agree that voters should carefully read the question before casting their ballots.