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Oregon OKs Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 11:01 AM

Lawmakers in Oregon have approved a bill requiring background checks on private gun sales, The Daily Beast reported.

The heavily debated measure, Senate Bill 941, was approved 32-28 Monday on a mainly party-line vote with all Republicans voting against it, joined by just three Democrats, the Beast said. It expands on current state law, which requires background checks only for those firearms purchased at gun shows or from licensed dealers.

The measure moves to the desk of Gov. Kate Brown where her spokeswoman, Kristen Grainger, told Oregon Live that she would quickly sign it into law.

The bill's chief Democratic sponsor, Sen. Floyd Prozanski of Eugene, said the governor was eager to move the law ahead for her state.

"She said she was thankful the bill be coming to her," Prozanski told Oregon Live of her reaction.

The divisive legislation had been debated in Oregon for three years. According to The Associated Press, Brown's signature on the bill "would make Oregon the eighth state to require screening before firearms could be transferred between private, unrelated owners."

No other states have passed such legislation this year, advocates said.

Some gun enthusiasts predict many in the state will ignore its requirements, putting them at risk for breaking the law.

"I believe there will be very little benefit to this law," Karl Durkheimer, who owns two gun stores near Portland, told Oregon Live.

Added Dr. James Caro, a gun collector from Forest Grove, to Oregon Live: "This is going to have zero impact on the bad people, but it's going to create a lot of hassle, particularly for people in rural Oregon."

Supporters, however, defend that it closes a loophole in giving easy access to weapons to criminals and others who are not allowed to own firearms, Oregon Live said.

One Republican lawmaker, however, said that won't be true.

"Senate Bill 941, worse than doing nothing, gives false hope, because it represents to people that felons are not going to get guns. And colleagues, I think we all know that's not true. They are going to get them one way or another," said Mike McLane, the House Republican leader, the AP reported.

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