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Dozens of protesters rallied in Ashland demanding Oregon representatives take action on gun laws. NewsWatch12's Sionan Barrett got Representative Greg Walden's take on the gun control debate.

Posted: Feb 19, 2018 6:12 PM
Updated: Feb 19, 2018 6:15 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.- Today buying a gun from a store is straight forward. The first step is walking into the gun store. Once you've figured out what type of firearm you want to buy, you talk with the employee and fill out a firearms transaction record. After the forms and fingerprints are taken, employees will input your information into a computer and see if your criminal and mental health history check out. If it does, you can walk home with your firearm the same day.

After Florida's mass school shooting, President Donald Trump promised to focus on mental health saying he supports efforts to improve the federal background check system.

Today NewsWatch12's Sionan Barrett spoke with a local gun shop owner who says oregon's system is more advanced than other states.

Dan Thorton, the owner at Good Guys Guns in Medford says, "They're already checking mental health systems they are checking DMV record they are checking national record they are checking all the different records that are available to them so in Oregon I'm not sure what more they can do."

Our local Indivisible chapter rallied in Ashland this afternoon demanding Representative Greg Walden take action on gun control bills. One member says she's disappointed in Walden's voting history to loosen restrictions on background checks.

Kristen Moline says, "I'd like him to give back his $39,000 that he that is been given to him by the NRA and that is spend solely with the intention of supporting looser gun laws."

Congressman Greg Walden tells me he recently supported legislation that would require bi-annual reviews to prevent firearms from going into the wrong hands.

Rep. Walden says, "We know and several of these instances have the data been shared people would've been denied the guns that they bought and used to create such awful tragedies said there is more work that needs to be done there and the senate needs to pass the bill we sent them. "

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