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Maine LD 1276 - Background Checks

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LEAP Forward Position: Support

Maine LD 1276

An Act To Better Enforce the Prohibition against Dangerous Persons Possessing Firearms

by Linda Sanborn (D) with Drew Gattine (D), Brian Hubbell (D), Michele Meyer (D)

Last Action: Introduced

394. Background checks of firearm buyers

1. Requirement. If neither the seller nor buyer in a transaction involving the
transfer or sale of a firearm, as defined in Title 17-A, section 2, subsection 12-A, is a federally licensed firearms dealer, referred to in this section as “the dealer,” the transaction must be facilitated by such a dealer. The dealer shall perform a background check of the buyer in the same manner as if the dealer were the seller of the firearm that is the subject of the transaction. If the background check reveals that the buyer is prohibited from purchasing a firearm, the dealer shall notify the seller of that fact. The dealer may charge a reasonable fee for serving as the facilitator.

2. Limitations. This section applies only to transactions in which:
A. The seller offers to sell or transfer the firearm at a gun show, event or function: (1) The purpose of which is to facilitate the purchase and sale of firearms; (2) At which 3 or more vendors of firearms offer firearms for sale; and (3) At which 25 or more firearms are offered for sale; or B. Pursuant to an advertisement, posting, display or other listing on the Internet or in a publication, the seller offers to sell or transfer, or indicates an intent to sell or transfer, a firearm.