In an ostensible effort to reduce gun violence, Oregon lawmakers are advancing a bill that many Second Amendment advocates feel is not only inconsequential but places an additional burden on those wishing to purchase a firearm. One sheriff in the state agrees with those critics, coming out this week with an impassioned denunciation of efforts to mandate criminal background checks when guns are sold between two private citizens.
Eleven other states have already approved similar measures, though Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel contended that attempting to implement such a regulation would be an exercise in futility.
“I can’t enforce that law,” he declared, “so therefore it won’t be enforced.”
Aside from that concern, Daniel explained that he has bigger concerns than chasing down individuals engaging in a private sale.
“I have felonies going on daily in Josephine County,” he continued. “That’s my priorities.”
While background checks are already mandated prior to transactions at federally licensed arms dealers, many gun rights activists oppose extending those requirements to include all private sales. Earlier this week, presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz explained why he is against the idea.
He described “two guys in a duck blind selling their shotgun one to the other,” noting that “the federal government doesn’t have any business there; and if you ask the American people that, they don’t want the federal government getting in between private, consensual sales between individual citizens.”
Reader reaction to a BizPac Review article about the proposed Oregon law revealed many Americans agree with both Daniel and Cruz.
“Very few criminals buy weapons at gun stores,” one reader wrote. “The law is silly.”
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