SALEM, Ore. (AP) – People convicted of stalking and domestic violence or with restraining orders in Oregon won’t be able to buy or own guns or ammunition after the Senate passed a bill. It next goes to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.
Brown, who on Tuesday told a Senate panel that anguished voices in the wake of the school shooting in Florida must be heard, said after the 16-13 vote Thursday that the bill will help keep guns out of the wrong hands. The bill earlier passed the House. Brown said she will sign it into law.
The Democratic governor said national action and federal legislation are also needed.
One of the senators who backed the bill, Floyd Prozanski, remembered how his sister had been shot dead by an enraged boyfriend.
BREAKING: OR Senate lawmakers just passed the “Boyfriend Loophole” bill. Now it goes to @OregonGovBrown, who says she will sign it.
It prevents a partner from purchasing guns, if they have a restraining order, domestic violence/stalking conviction. #guncontrol— Eileen Park (@EileenParkTV) February 22, 2018
In a statement Thursday, Gov. Kate Brown said:
“Closing the ‘Intimate Partner Loophole’ is an important step to keep Oregonians safer, and keep guns out of the wrong hands. Passing this bill was a priority for me this session, but we know there’s more that must be done.
“The bipartisan support for HB 4145 reflects what Oregonians and Americans have long felt and are now loudly urging— ending senseless gun violence is possible if we put politics aside and work together on practical solutions. Sadly, what’s different this time, is it took the voices and outrage of youth devastated by gun violence to hold decision makers’ feet to the fire.
“We need national action and federal legislation. Now’s the time to enact real change, and I’m encouraged to see students in Oregon and across the nation engaged and joining the call for gun safety legislation. It’s long past time we hold the White House, Congress, and legislators accountable.”
KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.