Earlier today, Oregon became the latest state to enact “universal background check” legislation for firearms sales. SB941 was signed into law by Governor Kate Brown, a piece of legislation that requires every transfer of a firearm to include a background check on the intended buyer. This law is different from the Federal version that was introduced by Mrs. Toomey and Manchin in that it specifically excludes situations such as sharing guns on private property and creates ways for individuals to perform a background check independent of a gun dealer . . .
As always, the Brady Campaign is declaring victory, but as we’ve seen time and again “universal background checks” won’t actually do anything to stop crime. Criminals, by definition, don’t abide by the law. This is another piece of do-nothing, feel-good legislation that only hurts law abiding gun owners while doing absolutely nothing to reduce real world crime.