Died In Committee on 06-26-21
Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB2543
Committee assigned to bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Committees/HJUD/Overview
This bill prohibits the transfer of firearm by gun dealer or private party if the Department of State Police does not provide a response that recipient is qualified to receive a firearm. Removes the current language from the statute which says the sale can proceed the following day if the dealer is not informed that the person is disqualified by then and leaves no time limit for background check result.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
The Oregon State Police are charged with doing firearm sales background checks in Oregon and are chronically understaffed. Currently the wait times are in weeks and run in the thousands of purchases being delayed. The FBI’s NICS is supposed to be an instant check system but relies on human staffing to run the checks. This bill removes the current language which says the sale can proceed the following day if the dealer is not informed that the person is disqualified by then. Dealers are fearful of repercussions so are already waiting for a positive result, but at least there is pressure currently to fix the problem. This bill actually codifies an indefinite wait into law which is an unacceptable infringement on a constitutionally enumerated right.
Government denying the exercise of a protected right because they are not able to manage staffing is not acceptable. Waiting weeks as people already are is not acceptable. Women have been killed by violent ex’s while waiting for government “permission” to acquire a firearm. The background check law is already not functioning as intended due to government mismanagement, and this bill actually sets the malfunction into statute.