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Firearm Background Check Bill Surfaces In Salem

Augustas Didzgalvis

Oregon lawmakers are gearing up for another round of debate over firearm regulations.

Democrats introduced a measure Thursday that would require criminal background checks for most private gun sales.

If the proposal sounds familiar, it's because similar measures were introduced and failed in the last two legislative sessions. The difference now?

"It's all about the votes,” said bill co-sponsor state Senator Ginny Burdick, a Democrat. "We have the votes now and we did not have the votes before. That's the main difference."

The measure would require most people buying guns from individuals to submit to background checks. That's currently required only at dealers and at gun shows.

Opponents of the bill say background checks are simply a way to harass legitimate gun owners and that it's a step toward universal registration of firearms.

But those who want more background checks say without them, felons have a loophole for acquiring guns.

Copyright 2015 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.