Gun safety advocates invested a large sum of money into backing gun control-related initiatives. Gun control measures are expected to pass on Tuesday in Maine, Nevada, Washington state, and California.
In Nevada and Maine, voters will decide to enforce universal background checks for firearm sales, as well as private handgun transactions. Eighteen states have already approved a similar law.
In Washington State, residents will vote on allowing judges the power to bar individuals from possessing guns if they pose a danger to themselves or others, i.e. domestic abusers. In California voters will decide whether or not to ban large capacity ammunition magazine and require individuals to pass a background check to buy ammunition.
The Second Amendment in the U.S. Constitution protects the right to bear arms, as gun advocates contest all attempts to restrict that freedom. “We know today that the place where criminals are getting guns, the black market, they aren’t subjecting themselves to background checks,” said Ryan Hamilton, employee at National Rifle Association was opposed to the vote in Nevada. “It doesn’t target criminal behavior, it targets law-abiding behavior.”
Citizens against these gun control related initiatives are claiming that the guns that do cause issues are from the black market.