gun control

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici via Associated Press

Wednesday House Democrats spontaneously staged a sit in on the floor of Congress demanding a vote on gun control legislations. KLCC spoke with Oregon congressman and Democrat, Peter DeFazio, who joined his colleagues in protest.

In 2013, President Obama lifted the 17-year ban on federal funding for research into gun violence. But congress has not given funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for any gun-related studies.  Oregon's senior senator is working with a coalition to get funding restored.

DeFazio Reacts To Senate Background Check Vote

Dec 4, 2015

Yesterday [Thursday], the Senate voted against expanding background checks for gun purchases – one day after the latest mass shooting that left 14 people dead in San Bernadino, California.

Thursday's 50-to-47 vote underscored the political gridlock over gun control in Washington.

The measure would have required background checks for all gun purchases online and at gun shows.

Oregon's U-S Representative Peter Defazio says in the last Congress, the Senate came very close to closing gun show loopholes and tightening background checks but failed.

Oregon’s new gun background check law took effect yesterday [Sunday]. The legislation requires all gun sales, including private exchanges, to be vetted through a federally licensed dealer.

With the new law, Oregon becomes the 12th state to require universal background checks. Legislators hope criminal and mental health checks for private and online sales will reduce gun violence in the state. Amy Ruiz is with the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund:

Rachael McDonald

Calling it an “unfunded mandate” the Lane County Board of Commissioners Tuesday voted not to enforce a new Oregon law that expands background checks for gun sales. 

courtesy of Moms Demand Action

The decision to lift a firearms ban in Oregon’s St. Helens School District near Portland has some moms unhappy. 

The newly-elected school board decided to reverse its decision to ban firearms on campus for teachers who have Concealed Handgun Licenses. The ban was implemented by the previous board last March. Sarah Finger McDonald is a spokeswoman for the Oregon chapter of Moms Demand Action, a gun control advocacy group. She says the District was vague about its intentions to lift the ban.