By Associated Press • 

House panel backs bill amending Oregon gun background checks bill


SALEM — An Oregon House committee advanced legislation Tuesday that makes changes to a bill requiring background checks for most private firearm transfers.

The House Judiciary Committee approved a measure allowing people to lend firearms to a friend for seven days without having to visit a licensed gun dealer to do a background check.

They could instead do a background check by calling the Oregon State Police before lending the gun.

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.

Both the original measure and the changes made Tuesday were vehemently opposed by gun rights groups and Republicans, but they passed with Democratic support. Opponents of that measure argued it would do little to curb gun violence while burdening law abiding citizens.

Critics also raised concerns about how quickly the bill was passed, saying the process offered little time for evaluation.

“So we're amending the notorious 941 that was untouchable except by some higher authority who haven't landed on earth yet. But all of a sudden we're doing this,” said Rep. Wayne Krieger, a Republican from Gold Beach.

But supporters said it closed a loophole in state law that allows gun purchasers to skip a background check if they purchase firearms online with a review. After previously failing twice to advance similar proposals, they managed to pass the legislation in May after Democrats upped their majorities in both chambers following last year's election.



Adding stupidity to ignorance. one argument made during passing 941 was against owners doing their own background check by phone was shot down because FFL were more "qualified" to ensure correct ID. By the way, if you call in for a background check, get approval and then later it is discovered that the OSP was wrong guess who gets charged? The seller of course. Not the criminal or the OSP. This is just a way to "save" Clem's pro 2nd amendment status.
There is NO "Common sense" in this bill---or the democratic party in Salem.


Well, better than nothing. For reasonable gun owners, the visit to a dealer with the associated cost, time and hassle has always been the bad part about this bill. Nobody has ever convincingly explained why a phone call by an individual to OSP is of a lower quality than one by an FFL holder. Now I'm sure nobody will be able to explain why handing a gun over to someone for seven days based on an individual phone call is safe, but for eight days or more requires a dealer.
But now that we're stuck with the bill, chipping away at the edges is preferable to blowing hot air.


and now Floyd just realized that he required a back ground check for NAIL GUNS!!! If he paid attention, he would know that WA state did the same stupid thing. This is what happens when you are in a rush to please your Bloomberg master. Plus Lane County says they will not enforce this law. Others are scheduled to decide if they have the money for this unfunded mandate.


Remember you were voted in. You can and will be voted out as well.


so if you loan a gun to some one the new law limits the time for them to kill to "only" seven days.

I guess the next law will be another "common sense" law to close the "seven day loophole"

It's all a joke, are you laughing yet?

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