The Oregon Senate used their Democratic majority to shove this bill down the throats of their citizens. The state already has in place background checks for those people buying from gun shows and licensed dealers. Now with this bill, private gun-owners will be required to do a background check on anyone they wish to sell too.
SALEM — A measure that would require criminal background checks for private gun transfers in Oregon passed the Senate on a 17-13 vote Tuesday and now heads to the House.
Democrats used their bigger majority to push the controversial gun bill through the Senate, which had blocked action on similar measures in 2013 and 2014. Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, joined all 12 Republicans in voting against the measure.
Under Senate Bill 941, Oregon would become the 12th state to require background checks on firearms sales and transfers between private individuals. Those purchasing guns from licensed dealers and at gun shows in Oregon are already required to submit to background checks to see if they are legally prohibited from owning a gun. Felons, domestic abuse offenders and those committed for mental health treatment are among those legally barred from holding guns.
Supporters portrayed the measure as a way to close a loophole that has allowed criminals to easily purchase guns from individuals, particularly those who may advertise on the internet.
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