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Oregon's new gun background check bill takes effect Sunday

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A new law that expands required background checks on gun sales goes into effect Sunday in Oregon.

Senate Bill 941, called the Oregon Firearms Safety Act, requires anyone buying a gun from a private party first go through a background check.

State law currently only requires background checks for sales that take place at licensed dealers or gun shows.

Supporters of the bill say it will help keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

Many gun shop owners, however, don't see it the same way.

At MK Tactical in Hillsboro, owner Michael Knoetig said the bill is poorly written and is an inconvenience for legal gun owners.

"I don't see the sense of this bill," Knoetig said. "It doesn't prevent a criminal from getting a gun. They will always get it."

The bill also requires judges to rule on whether a person undergoing court-mandated outpatient mental health treatment should be prohibited from having guns during treatment.

The state will charge about 10 dollars for background checks.

Firearm transfers between immediate relatives or from the death of a gun owner will continue to be exempt from background checks under the new law.

When the law takes effect Sunday, it will make Oregon the twelfth state in the country to require universal background checks.

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