Oregon: “universal” background check bill scheduled for final vote on Monday

Oregon residents, alert! The NRA Institute for Legal Action reported yesterday:

Senate Bill 941, legislation which seeks to expand background checks to private transfers, is being rushed through the Oregon Legislature and is scheduled for a final vote by the full House of Representatives on Monday, May 4th.  It is critical that Oregonians contact their state Representative with strong opposition to this bill. If enacted, SB 941 would require individuals to appear before a gun dealer to request a criminal background check prior to privately transferring a firearm, absent limited exceptions.  Transfers include, but are not limited to, sales, gifts, loans and leases.  Failure to comply with this mandate could result in stiff penalties and possible loss of an individual’s Right to Keep and Bear Arms….

….As proposed, SB 941 has exemptions that appear to allow for certain common transfers of firearms between individuals, but these exemptions are incredibly narrow.  Even some of the strict and deeply flawed gun control laws of California are not as stringent to law-abiding gun owners as some of the provisions in SB 941.  For example, under SB 941, a temporary transfer for hunting or target shooting must only occur while the transferee is “engaged in activities related to hunting, trapping or target shooting” where as in California a temporary transfer can last an entire hunting season.  Also under SB 941, a temporary transfer must meet one of the listed exemptions, whereas in California a temporary transfer can last up to 30 days before a check is required.

Read the whole story at NRA-ILA.