Mar 6, 2018

Oregon becomes first state since Parkland to pass gun safety law

Gov. Kate Brown

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks to press in the aftermath of the Umpqua Community College mass shooting in 2015. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a new gun safety bill Monday that prevents "intimate partners" who have a domestic violence or stalking conviction from purchasing firearms, reports HuffPost.

Why it matters: Although the bill simply expands on an existing law to close what legislators call "the boyfriend loophole," (the previous measure only applied to married partners), the significance of Oregon being the first state to enact a gun safety law in the wake of the Parkland shooting should not be undervalued.

"This will be historic ... That a legislature and a state was willing to say, 'No more. Not on our watch.'"
ā€” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown
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