Oregon Firearms Safety Act expands Background Checks
On Monday, a bill has been passed as per which background of all gun buyers in Oregon would be checked. After the bill received a go-ahead from Oregon lawmakers, it will be presented to governor who has shared that she would give green signal to the new bill turning it into a law.
The Oregon Firearms Safety Act is already applicable at stores and gun shows in the state for person-to-person and online gun sales. The act has expanded with background check requirements.
The bill has been passed by a vote of 32-38 in the state’s House of Representatives. Representative Dan Rayfield, a Democrat who voted in the favor, was of the view that background check is the most apt way to keep guns away from dangerous people.
The bill was opposed by gun rights advocates and the state Republican Party. It was found no Republican supported the measure and one Senate Democrat and three House Democrats voted against the measure.
“This law is unjust and will create a black market in private party firearm sales, making it harder for law enforcement to do its job in investigating firearms-related crimes”, said the party before Mondy’s vote took place.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown, a Democrat, told the Oregonian newspaper that she will sign the bill into law. Gun control advocates affirmed that tighter background checks would curb violent acts by people who have been already not allowed to own the gun, like the ones with domestic violence or felony convictions.
The 2012 shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school, in which 20 children and six adults died reignited the efforts to have the law.