PORTLAND, ME – NOVEMBER 3: Shane Belanger, a volunteer with a group called Project Dirigo, videotapes Willy Ritch as he signs a petition calling for background checks on gun purchasers. Some petitioners felt it ws an intimidation practice, but it is legal, according to a voting district coordinator. Ritch, who serves as an aide for U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said both the petition and the documentation were signs of a working democracy. (Photo by Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer)

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