Gun control advocates push for stricter purchase laws in Oregon amid surge in shootings

Gun control advocates push for stricter purchase laws in Oregon amid surge in shootings

Handguns in a display case (KATU Photo) PORTLAND, Ore. — Gun control advocates said the state of Oregon should limit how many guns people can buy within a certain timeframe. Groups supporting gun rights, however, argue limits would do nothing to change a surge in gun violence, specifically in Portland. A recently announced federal case involving two brothers accused of buying 82 guns in 18 months, 12 of which were recovered by law enforcement in traffic stops and other searches, spurred KATU to look into state and federal laws and regulations around gun-buying. In short, there is no limit to how many guns you can buy. A spokesperson for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) said federal gun dealers only alert the agency and local law enforcers if someone buys two or more handguns within a five-day time period. The Oregon legislature failed to pass a bill two years ago that would’ve allowed people to buy one handgun and one rifle within a 30-day time period. Penny Okamoto is the executive director of the Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation. She did not discuss the recent federal case specifically , but said it highlights issues in state and federal laws – mainly that they could buy so many guns. She said a limit would discourage gun traffickers, not legal gun buyers. “The idea behind one firearm a month really would help cut down on gun trafficking. That’s major issue that we have with it is gun trafficking,” Okamoto said. […]

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