Gov. Mills: 'The people have already spoken on background checks'

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AUGUSTA, Maine (WMTW) - Gov. Janet Mills spoke Tuesday about the flurry of proposed firearms bills lawmakers will consider this sessions.

More than a dozen bills regarding ammunition, concealed weapons, possession, sales and licensing have been proposed.

At least three of the proposed bills deal with background checks.

When asked about the proposed bills, Mills said voters have already spoken.

"The people have already spoken on background checks, and I think they spoke pretty loud and clear. Thirteen out of 16 counties voted against background checks. That's a significant thing to me," Mills said.

Mills was referring to the 2016 ballot question rejected by voters that would have required a background check for virtually all gun transfers in Maine.

Not all proposed bills will be considered by the legislature. Some proposed bills could be combined, while others could be rejected.