SB 669 : No firearm background checks for CHL holders; removes OSP from background check process

Position: Oppose Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary

SB 669 weakens Oregon's strong firearm background check law. People who have a concealed handgun license (CHL) would not be required to undergo a background check before purchasing a gun. Oregon CHLs are renewed every 4 years which means a prohibited purchaser could buy guns with no questions asked for 4 years. Oregon has more has 200,000 CHL holders.

Removing the Oregon State Police as the point of contact (POC) for firearm background checks endangers Oregonians by removing a layer of checks and data from the background check process.

From the bill:
Exempts certain transferors of firearms from requesting criminal background check if purchaser or recipient has concealed handgun license.
Requires county sheriff to request that Department of State Police perform criminal background check with National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Requires sheriff to obtain certain information from noncitizen applicants before issuing concealed handgun license.


2-6-17: Referred to Judiciary. 2-1-17: Introduction and first reading. Referred to President's desk. Chief Sponsors: Senator Olsen

The Fort Lauderdale Airport shooter had a permit to carry a concealed gun. Read more at Violence Policy Center.