As the founding member of the Portland branch of the NAACP and its first elected president in 1964, and then later as a three-term state legislator, I’ve worked tirelessly to take on the issues that I believe will make Maine a more just, fair and safe state. Closing the background check loophole that lets prohibited people evade our federal system and buy guns on the wide-open market is a clear step toward doing just that.

Now, the issue is in the hands of Mainers. We can make the decision to stand up for what is right, just and smart.

Your vote can speak up for all who have been taken by gun violence and all who have been impacted. Please remember them and do what’s right for all to be safe, for the very soul of our society.

Please vote “yes” on Question 3.

Gerald Talbot

Portland