(AP) Voters in four states will decide Nov. 8 whether to enact tougher gun laws. In a change from past elections, there are no statewide initiatives seeking to expand gun rights.

The gun-control measures are on the ballot in California, Nevada, Washington and Maine. The last time Maine voters were asked about gun rights, they passed a constitutional amendment creating a right to own firearms that "shall never be questioned." Three decades later, the state known for its hunting tradition will vote on whether to require background checks on nearly all gun sales and transfers.

The presence of so many ballot questions in the same year reflects the growing power and deep pockets of gun-control supporters, who are outspending opponents in all four states and expect the measures to pass.