- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 9, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Gun control opponents have filed a petition to recall the Democratic lawmaker behind the bill requiring background checks for most private gun sales.

The recall petition against Sen. Floyd Prozanski of Eugene joins three others targeting Democrats who sponsored the legislation.

Prozanski is the chief sponsor of the background checks bill, which was signed by Gov. Kate Brown in early May.

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The petition says Prozanski’s bill turns law-abiding citizens into criminals if they choose to store a friend’s firearm without doing a background check. It also says the measure infringes on Oregonians’ rights to bear arms.

Prozanski tells The Oregonian that the background checks bill was a “very good policy to pursue.” He says he’s taking the recall seriously.

To trigger a recall, Prozanski’s critics must gather 8,700 signatures from voters in his district.

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