Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced an executive order Friday, ordering Oregon State Police to maintain a database of firearms transactions for five years after the sale. She also ordered state police to notify local law enforcement agencies if a person who is prohibited from buying a gun tries to do so.When Kate Brown was appointed in February of 2015 to replace former governor Kitzenhaber, I commented here that I was relieved: "She can't be worse than Kitzenhaber!" I proclaimed.
My friends warned me that she was a Democrat, and an appointee, and she was worse.
I should have listened to them, but it took this announcement today for the warnings to finally sink in.
It was bad enough last year when new laws in Oregon required that all firearms transactions, even private sales, be transacted through the firearms database (a clear violation of the Second Amendment), but I planned to either ignore the trash-law or avoid it. I have no need for another firearm, I thought.
I was wrong. It's not about me, it's about Oregon.
Background Check on Private Firearms Sales:
I was not happy when new Oregon laws required a background check on private transfers/sales of firearms. I was especially disappointed to learn that it included the description (including make, model and serial number) of the firearm. But I was (naively) reassured that the information was not permanently recorded.
As we all know, a registry of firearms transfers is the first step towards confiscation. California learned that hard lesson several years ago. (And it was reinforced last year!)