As Senate Bill 941 continues to make its way through Oregon’s legislature–ostensibly to reduce gun violence and do away with Sandy Hook-style attacks–many people are realizing the that bill’s true impact will be seen in higher gun prices without any real preventative against the kind of attack Adam Lanza carried out on December 14, 2012.
SB 941’s central component is a system of expanded background checks for law-abiding Oregonians. That means every gun sale–whether retail or private–will have to got through a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL).
This isn’t free, so to cover the added expense SB 941 mandates a new, additional fee for background checks. Oregon Live shows that the additional fee could be as little as $10 or as much as $40 or $50 per gun–for now.
In other words, your great buy on a used Glock for $400 just jumped to $450.
Another aspect of SB 941 is that it broadens legalized firearm confiscation in Oregon, by requiring judges “to determine” whether an individual ordered to received outpatient mental care is unfit for gun possession. It would do this by taking laws for persons who undergo inpatient mental health care and applying them to persons who receive outpatient care.
In addition to the expanded background checks, the higher gun prices, and the broadened confiscation laws, it is crucial to note that SB 941 simply will not stop high profile attackers from getting the guns they need to commit heinous acts against innocent people.
As Bretibart News previously reported, Jared and Amanda Miller (Las Vegas), Aaron Ybarra (Seattle Pacific University), Elliot Rodger (Santa Barabara), Ivan Lopez (Fort Hood 2014), Darion Marcus Aguilar (Maryland mall), Karl Halverson Pierson (Arapahoe High School), Paul Ciancia (LAX), Aaron Alexis (DC Navy Yard), James Holmes (Aurora theater), Jared Loughner (Tucson), Nidal Hasan (Fort Hood 2009), Jiverly Wong (Binghamton), Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), and Naveed Haq (Seattle), all passed background checks for their guns.
On top of this, attackers like Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook Elementary) and Jacob Roberts (Clackamus Town Center) acquire their guns via theft, so no amount of gun control can rein them in.
The cumulative effect of all of these things is that the SB 941 is gun control for gun control’s sake, regardless of proponents’ claims to the contrary. And this is why Oregon Sheriffs David Daniel (Josephine County) and Glenn Palmer (Grant County) have already said they will not enforce SB 941 if it passes.
It’s also why Oregon gun store owners like Karl Durkheimer are questioning whether they will follow the new background check requirement, should it pass. Oregon Live reports that Durkheimer “doubts requiring private sellers to pass background checks will stop criminals. And he’s not sure he’ll even agree to run the checks, saying it doesn’t look like a good fit for his business.”
But Sandy Hook Promise, Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, and SB 941 sponsor–state senator Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene) are all in. Despite indisputable evidence to the contrary, they keep pushing the bill as a way to fight crime and Sandy Hook-style attacks.
SB 941 could receive final approval from the Oregon House on Monday.
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