The school shooting in Florida has law makers taking a stance on gun control. The state of Oregon ban convicted domestic abusers from owning guns. Check out the full story below:
Oregon lawmakers passed a bill prohibiting domestic abusers and people under restraining orders from owning firearms on Monday.
The bill passed the legislature 16-13 and became America’s first new gun control law passed since the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
‘Well done Oregon,’ Democratic Governor Kate Brown exclaimed Monday after signing the law on the steps of the state Capitol.
As she was signing the bill into law some 200 people, including victims of domestic abuse and high school students, applauded and cheered.
State Senator Floyd Prozanski, whose sister was fatally shot by her boyfriend, and Representitive Janeen Sollman, who fled her home as a child when her father was in a violent rage, hugged as they stood behind the governor.
The Parkland shooting killed 17 people has created a wave of young anti-gun activists that has now reached cross-country into Oregon.
Monday’s bill closes a loophole in a 2015 law that excluded some abusers from the ban on buying or owning guns and ammunition, such as people who they don’t live with the partner they’re abusing or threatening, and those under restraining orders.
The loophole is called the ‘Intimate partner Loophole.’ The bill had bipartisan support in the Legislature after Brown introduced it.
The measure was introduced before the Florida shooting, but Brown emphasized the bloodshed as she lobbied the Oregon Legislature for passage and signed the bill.
After it passed she said in a statement ‘ending senseless gun violence is possible if we put politics aside and work together on practical solutions.’
Americans convicted of a ‘misdemeanor crime of domestic violence,’ are currently banned from owning guns by federal law, but only 29 states and federal territories expand on the federal government’s limitations, according to the Gifford’s Law Center.
This is why, in some states, unmarried domestic abusers can purchase guns while the abuser isn’t living with a romantic partner.