Maine Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Question 12 (1987)

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The Maine Right to Keep and Bear Arms Referendum, also known as Question 12, was on the November 3, 1987 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure clarified the right to keep and bear arms by removing the words, "for the common defense," from Section 16 of Article I of the Maine Constitution.[2][3]

Election results

Maine Question 12 (1987)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 216,013 57.57%
No159,22642.43%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-

Text of measure

See also: Maine Constitution, Article I, Section 16

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

"Shall the Constitution of Maine be amended to clarify the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms?" [4]

Constitutional changes

The full text of the constitutional changes made by this text can be read here.

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