Today, the Oregon House of Representatives passed by 31 - 28 HB 4147 which strengthens Oregon's background check law to reduce the chances of firearms falling into the wrong hands due to paperwork delays. Under current Oregon law a dealer may sell a firearm even if a background check has not yet been completed after 3 days have passed since initiating the background check request. This default sale provision in federal law has been termed the "Charleston Loophole" after a shooter was sold a firearm even though the background check had not been completed. The shooter murdered 9 people in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.
HB 4147 extends that default sale prohibition period to 10 business days. After 10 days the dealer may choose to sell the firearm but may also choose to refuse to sell the firearm unless the background check is completed. The bill also strengthens the requirement for the State Police to notify local law enforcement if they determine a person was prohibited from possessing a firearm and an attempt was made to transfer the firearm.
HB 4147 now heads to the Oregon Senate for consideration.
Below is the Legislative Staff Measure Summary for the bill and a copy of the bill itself.
This article from Marie Claire about women and firearms has a number of different perspectives and is worth reading and thinking about. Board member Jenna Yuille is featured in one section.
"Is it possible there is a way to respect our country's long and important tradition of firearms and yet make this a safer place to live? We would argue: Yes."
GOFRO Board Member Jenna Yuille Joins with President Obama to Support Comprehensive Background Checks
"Thank you President Obama for taking a stand and doing the right thing to make our country safer and reduce gun violence! I am so honored to be here at the White House for the President's announcement today to improve gun safety in America. Slowly but surely, we are making progress" --Jenna Yuille
President Obama will release proposals this week to increase the effectiveness of federal background checks:
Seven things our country can do to reduce gun violence:
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to an assault weapons ban in Highland Park, Illinois: