Last week, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown urged state lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 797, a gun control law that would prohibit the transfer or sale of a gun without a completed background check. SB 797 would also require dealers to notify law enforcement of attempted unlawful purchases. Once law enforcement receives the notification, they would be required to publish a written report detailing the attempted purchase, outstanding information on the purchaser and criminal prosecutions.
“Violence answers nothing, offers nothing, solves nothing,” Brown said during a rally with gun control groups. “Instead of reaching for weapons, we must reach for answers. … As your governor, I call on each of us as Oregonians and as Americans to end gun violence now.”
Under current state law, the transfer or sale of a firearm can be completed without a background check if it takes more than three days to complete.
“There’s always gaps that criminals exploit, and once they exploit them then we have to find ways to close those gaps,” said Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese told KATU.
Gun control advocates across the state are thrilled with the proposed legislation, citing it as the “Charleston Loophole,” because the Charleston shooter obtained a firearm under similar conditions.
“While we can’t prevent every single tragedy, we can do more to help keep the guns out of the hands of dangerous people,” said Andrea Platt, a member of Moms Demand Action.
Actually, all they are doing is creating gun laws that only serve to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens, but which do little or nothing to deter criminals who, by definition, refuse to abide by the law.