- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - In a story June 2 about Oregon’s new requirements for gun background checks, The Associated Press reported erroneously the effect of the existing state law on online firearms purchases. Gun purchasers are allowed to skip a background check if they purchase firearms online.

A corrected version of the story is below:

House panel backs bill amending gun background checks bill

Oregon House panel passes measure amending legislation expanding gun background checks

By SHEILA V KUMAR

Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon House committee advanced legislation Tuesday that makes changes to a bill requiring background checks for most private firearm transfers.

The House Judiciary Committee approved a measure allowing people to lend firearms to a friend for seven days without having to visit a licensed gun dealer to do a background check.

They could instead do a background check by calling the Oregon State Police before lending the gun.

The bill amends SB 941, which was approved earlier this year, and requires all gun buyers and sellers who aren’t related to visit a licensed gun dealer who can run a background check.

Rep. Brian Clem, a Salem Democrat who sometimes disagrees with the majority of his colleagues from Portland and Eugene, said he voted for that measure under the condition it later be amended. He didn’t want to regulate gun loans between friends, he said.

Clem will be carrying the adjustment to background check expansion bill on the House floor.

“I didn’t want them to stop the bill, I wanted a change. And this is what I was able to get them to agree to. Background checks, but a lighter version of background checks,” Clem said.

Both the original measure and the changes made Tuesday were vehemently opposed by gun rights groups and Republicans, but they passed with Democratic support. Opponents of that measure argued it would do little to curb gun violence while burdening law abiding citizens.

Critics also raised concerns about how quickly the bill was passed, saying the process offered little time for evaluation.

“So we’re amending the notorious 941 that was untouchable except by some higher authority who haven’t landed on earth yet. But all of a sudden we’re doing this,” said Rep. Wayne Krieger, a Republican from Gold Beach.

But supporters said it closed a loophole in state law that allows gun purchasers to skip a background check if they purchase firearms online. After previously failing twice to advance similar proposals, they managed to pass the legislation in May after Democrats upped their majorities in both chambers following last year’s election.

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