Lawmakers tweak gun background check bill

The House Judiciary Committee agrees to tweak bill to allow short-term lending of firearms.

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The House Judiciary Committee agreed Tuesday to tweak the gun background check bill passed this session to allow short-term lending of firearms.

From the Associated Press:

The bill amends SB 941, which was approved earlier this year, and requires all gun buyers and sellers who aren’t related to visit a licensed gun dealer who can run a background check. Rep. Brian Clem, a Salem Democrat who sometimes disagrees with the majority of his colleagues from Portland and Eugene, said he voted for that measure under the condition it later be amended. He didn’t want to regulate gun loans between friends, he said.

Clem will be carrying the adjustment to background check expansion bill on the House floor: “I didn’t want them to stop the bill, I wanted a change. And this is what I was able to get them to agree to. Background checks, but a lighter version of background checks,” Clem said.

Republicans opposed both the original bill and Tuesday’s amendment.

In Lane County, commissioners voted to eschew enforcement of SB 941, claiming the county too lean to implement the bill.

From the Register-Guard:

For sales of guns between private individuals, the law requires the buyer to pass a criminal background check carried out by a federally licensed gun dealer before taking ownership of the weapon. Previously, private-party sales could be carried out without such checks. At the local level, enforcing the law would involve, for example, responding to complaints that individuals had failed to obtain the background checks, or charging someone who, in the course of a county investigation into other violations, was found to have bought a weapon without the background check.

Commissioner Jay Bozievich requested the issue be brought up for discussion: “There are times when we need to let legislative bodies above us know about what the residents of Lane County, more than 300,000 residents, believe is important,” Bozievich said Tuesday.

The R-G writes “the resolution won’t change Lane County’s duty to uphold state and federal laws” as the commissioner who cast the lone dissenting vote called the motion an attempt to pander to the majority’s voter base.


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