AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A gun-control bill calling for background checks at gun shows is up for debate in the Maine Senate.
The bill scheduled for debate Tuesday would require that a national instant criminal background check be performed prior to the sale or transfer of a firearm at a gun show. The bill would require gun show operators to post signs at gun shows to notify exhibitors of the background check requirement. Failure to perform a background check could result in a $2,500 fine, not $10,000 as initially proposed.
The close, 7-6 vote by the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee in favor of passage guarantees vigorous debate.
Several gun safety bills surfaced early in the session in the wake of last December's massacre at a school in Newtown, Conn.
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