A Republican in Oregon's state senate has proposed making background checks on knife sales in Oregon, but he doesn't actually want the bill to pass.
Instead, Sen. Brian Boquist hopes the bill leads to "rational discussions" about guns and the growing mental health crisis in the U.S. Boquist said he wants to "broaden the discussion on school violence and mass attacks."
The example bill was modeled after existing gun laws in Japan. It requires a criminal history record check every time a knife is purchased.
"It is not simply a firearms issue," Boquist wrote in a press release. "Japan and China have firearm bans but still have 100s of injuries or deaths from mass knife attacks. Dozens of countries have expanded from firearms bans to knife bans yet attacks continue."
President Barack Obama's administration is currently advocating a series of proposals, including universal background checks for gun owners, a ban on some military-style weapons and limits on magazine sizes.
Boquist, who is from Dallas, OR, said step one must be to address the country's growing mental health crisis.
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