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Oregon State Police: gun control measure takes effect December 8, 2022

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SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon's state law enforcement agency says today Oregon Secretary of State's Office says a new gun control measure takes effect December 8, 2022.  The agency also is sharing data about Oregon gun purchase background checks performed and recorded for the past few years.

Oregon State Police (OSP) says "the public has many questions regarding Ballot Measure 114."  The measure adds firearm transaction requirements that prospective gun buyers get gun purchase permission from local law enforcement agencies who themselves have a new requirement to issue gun purchase permits.  The measure requires prospective gun buyers to supply a full set of fingerprints, to complete gun safety training, and to pay law enforcement for each permit.  It mandates that law enforcement agencies track gun purchase permit applications in databases, and Measure 114 limits sale of ammunition magazines, or clips, to ten-shot capacity.

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It was a referendum item in Oregon's general election this month, passing by at 50.9% to 49.1% margin.  Yesterday was the State's deadline to accept mailed ballots for the November 8, 2022 election.

OSP said today, "The Oregon Secretary of State’s office notified OSP that Ballot Measure 114 will go into effect at 12:00 a.m. on December 8, 2022.  The Oregon State Police is working very closely with the Department of Justice, the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association and the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police to assess the required processes that need to be completed to implement this law."

OSP noted a dramatic increase in the number of gun purchase related background checks around the election, saying its background check "unit has been working through these extreme firearms request volumes and will continue to process them as quickly as possible."

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It says it is working to approve the pending requests, "For the month of November 2022, approximately 63% of the requests received into the OSP Firearms Instant Check System (FICS) unit have been approved. The remaining transactions must be evaluated by an OSP employee to determine what caused the person to be kicked out of the automated process.  If applicable a manual correction can be made, and the application can be approved."

OSP offers considerations "when submitting for a Firearms purchase or transfer that could exclude you from the automated process:

  • If you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime in Oregon or any other state.
  • If you have incomplete or incorrect information listed on federal ATF Form 4473
    • Potential Fix- Double-check the information for accuracy.
  • If your registered DMV address does not match the address listed on federal ATF Form 4473
    • Potential Fix- Update your personal address with DMV."
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OSP says the FICS unit’s hours of operation are by Oregon law and largely determined by retail hours.  FICS is open and processing background checks from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week, 363 days a year with only Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day off.  More information about the Oregon State Police’s Firearms Instant Check System (FICS) including how to complete a Firearm Pre-Purchase Self-Assessment Questionnaire.

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