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“Universal” Background Checks Aren’t as Universally Popular as You’ve Been Led to Believe

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Advocates of so-called “universal” background checks constantly cite their own polling data to claim that the vast majority of Americans support these measures. But, when these measures have actually been Guest opinion 4presented to voters, support is nothing close to universal. Take for example the background check ballot initiatives on the 2016 ballots in Maine and Nevada.

o   Everytown for Gun Safety donated more than $5.288 million and provided the majority of the donations to both ballot measure committees (Maine Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense Fund and Mainers for Responsible Gun Ownership Fund). In contrast, the NRA-ILA spent $1.177 In both Maine and Nevada, opposition to the background check ballot measures outpaced support for both candidates in the Presidential election.
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o   In terms of cost per vote, the support side spent $17.61 on each of the 366,770 votes it received. The opposition side spent $3.19 for each of its 394,157 votes.

o   The top donors supporting the measure were Everytown for Gun Safety ($14.5 million in total contributions) and Michael Bloomberg ($3.5 million). The NRA-ILA led the opposition with $6.5 million.

o   Supporters of the proposition outspent those opposed by a nearly three-to-one margin.

  • In both Maine and Nevada, opposition to the background check ballot measures outpaced support for both candidates in the Presidential election.

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