While federal law requires criminal background checks for gun sales through licensed dealers, there is no such requirement for sales between unlicensed sellers online or at gun shows. This creates an easy way for criminals and other dangerous people – people who would fail a background check – to buy or trade guns. And, make no mistake, that’s exactly what they’re doing.
The proposed ballot initiative will close this loophole by requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales in our state. The new law would have reasonable exceptions for family, hunting and self-defense.
Read the full letter at the Portland Press Herald Online.