How will expanded gun background checks affect you?

KOIN speaks to Senator Prozanski, a sponsor of the bill, to get answers

Guns and bullets (KOIN 6 News, file)
Guns and bullets (KOIN 6 News, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Governor Kate Brown is expected to sign into law a bill that made it through the legislature on Monday expanding background checks to encompass nearly all gun sales in the state of Oregon.

However, the new law has many provisions and exceptions, Senator Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene), a sponsor of the bill, tells KOIN 6.

“Person-to-person private sales will be required to go through a background check. There are some exceptions,” Prozanski says.

One such exception is that a person may sell a gun to a family member without a background check. Also, a family member or a friend may borrow a gun without a background check.

Other such exceptions apply “for hunting, trapping, and target shooting… they can provide the gun to an individual,” the senator says.

Another important provision is that the bill is not retroactive and does not apply previous personal sales. As well, a person can “will” a firearm to a family member without a background check. But willing it to a non-family member requires a background check.

“The personal representative would be required to run a background check on the person who is set to receive the gun,” Prozanski explains.

The background check can be done at any licensed dealer at the time of the sale and the cost varies by dealer. If a person doesn’t comply, the first charge is a misdemeanor but the second is a felony.

“They’d have potential elevated fines and possible prison,” says Prozanski.

You can watch the full interview with Senator Prozanski below. 


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