The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: May 11, 2015
Contact: Jonathan Hutson, jhutson [at] bradymail [dot] org
Important Victory in Oregon!
Governor Signs Law Expanding Life-Saving Brady Background Checks to All Gun Sales
Washington, DC – On May 11, 2015, Oregon became the eighth state to require life-saving Brady background checks for all gun sales, when Governor Kate Brown signed SB 941 into law, making every Oregonian safer, and continuing to build exciting and unprecedented national momentum state-by-state.
This is a huge victory that will save lives in Oregon by keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people who will no longer be able to exploit the vast ‘Internet loophole’ to buy guns for cash in back alleys without a Brady background check. Lives will be saved as a result,” said Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “It shows the nation the kind of real progress we can make when elected leaders put the interests of the citizens ahead of the radical agenda of the corporate gun lobby.”
The Brady Law, signed in 1993, requires that background checks be conducted only on gun sales at federally licensed firearm dealers. In 2000, Oregon passed legislation to require that background checks be conducted at gun shows, which are not covered by federal law.
This new law also increases the percentage of the American population covered by expanded Brady background checks on at least all handgun sales from 33 percent to 35 percent.
“Oregon’s legislature has succeeded where our national Congress has failed, and every Oregonian will be safer because of it. This makes Oregon the sixth state in the last two years to expand Brady background checks to all gun sales, and we intend to continue to take this fight state-by-state until Congress ultimately wakes up and gets the message to ‘finish the job’ and expand life-saving Brady background checks to every gun show and Internet sale in this country. Next stop Nevada in 2016!” added Gross.
The Brady Campaign recently released a report highlighting the success of the Brady Law, while making the case for why Oregon needs to expand Brady background checks to all gun sales. The report shows that Brady background checks work, and that expanding them in Oregon will save lives. In 2013, Brady background checks blocked 2,215 prohibited sales in Oregon; an average of six every day.
Several states have closed the gaping loopholes which allow criminals and dangerous people to purchase guns without background checks at gun shows and online. Since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, six states – Colorado, Connecticut, New York, Delaware, Washington, and Oregon – have acted where Congress failed to expand background checks on gun sales.
States with expanded Brady background checks see 46 percent fewer women murdered with guns by intimate partners; 48 percent fewer law enforcement officers killed by guns; and 48 percent fewer gun-related suicides, according to a recent report by Everytown for Gun Safety.
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