Recently, an ad appeared on the Citizens Against Handgun Violence website and also on local television stations featuring George Smith, former executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.

This ad has confused many of our members and the public.

The ad’s headline used Smith’s name, SAM’s name and the words “Promote Background Checks.”

SAM had no part in the creation of the ad, and the use of the SAM name was without our permission.

In the past, SAM has supported the voluntary application of background checks for private sales. Given the current highly charged political debate about gun regulation, however, we think it is important the public understand the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine is no longer associated with Smith and his current political actions.

David Trahan, executive director

Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine

Augusta