Since the massacre in 2012 at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut, advocates of gun-control are working hard to seal loopholes found in the current background-check laws.
Not all efforts were deemed successful. Gun-rights advocates believe that such measures are a burden and won’t do much to halt crime. But in 2014, residents of Washington State voted to solidify its background-check laws. Currently, the Oregon legislature is doing the same.
Early this week, the Oregon House ended with a 32-28 vote to support the Senate Bill 941, which entail background checks for gun buyers via private sales. At present, background checks in Oregon are only carried out for individuals purchasing a firearm from a gun show or certified dealer.
The bill has now moved on to Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s desk, who promised to sign the bill.
The bill passage makes Oregon the 12th state to enforce checks on transfers and checks within private parties for long and hand guns.