Last week, the House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing for House Bill 4147. During this hearing, the committee did not take a vote or consider any amendments to the bill. Tomorrow, February 10, HB 4147 has been scheduled for a work session at 3:00pm in HR 343 of the Oregon State Capitol. Please contact your state Representative immediately to voice your strong opposition to HB 4147!
As previously reported, HB 4147 would prohibit the transfer of a firearm if the Oregon State Police (OSP) are unable to determine whether the recipient is prohibited from possessing a firearm. This deferral from OSP does not necessarily mean the recipient is prohibited, but rather that OSP is not satisfied with the background check inquiry and a determination has not yet been made. Such a determination could take days, weeks or even months. Current state law provides a small safeguard to prevent such delays by allowing federal firearms dealers to release a firearm if a decision has not been made after three days. HB 4147 would eliminate this protection and could potentially result in a transfer between law-abiding individuals being delayed indefinitely.
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