SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon Democrats are taking the first step toward requiring background checks on private gun sales.

A bill introduced on Thursday could begin moving through the Legislature as soon as next week.

Gun control advocates have tried for years to expand Oregon’s background check requirement. With expanded Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate following last year’s election, the bill now has much stronger prospects.

The measure would require private gun buyers and sellers who aren’t related to visit a licensed gun dealer for a background check.

Oregon already goes further than federal law in requiring background checks at gun shows.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says Oregon would be the eighth state to require universal background checks.