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Pastor's "Plowshares" Gesture Shows the Devil is in the Details P roponents of so-called "universal" background check laws-including ballot initiatives currently pending in Nevada and Maine-claim such laws don't outlaw private transfers of guns or "criminalize traditional behavior." As NRA has said all along, the fine print and practical reality suggest otherwise. The Oregon Firearms Safety Act (OFSA), enacted in 2015, follows the template of most of these "universal" background check proposals. The OFSA applies when any change of possession of a gun occurs, even if ownership or title remains the same, by defining a "transfer" as any "delivery of a firearm from a transferor to a transferee, including, but not limited to, the sale, gift, loan or lease of the firearm." It prohibits a gun "transfer" between persons who are not federally licensed, unless the transaction is completed through a licensed gun dealer. Both parties "must appear in person before a gun dealer, with the firearm, and request that the gun dealer perform a criminal background check on the transferee." Even for temporary loans, all of the paperwork that applies to a retail sale of a firearm applies. A person who fails to comply commits a criminal offense- a felony if the person has a previous conviction. The tale of the gun owned by Jeremy Lucas, the rector of Christ Church Episcopal Parish in Lake Oswego, Ore., provides THESE ALLEGATIONS IGNORE REALITY: the majority of criminals who acquire firearms don't go through legal channels and won't bother with a background check. a useful illustration of this background check law in operation. The Rev. Lucas, a former lawyer and lobbyist, purchased $3,000 worth of tickets for a softball team's raffle of an AR-15 rifle, seeking to win the rifle so he could destroy it in a symbolic act. After winning the raffle, Rev. Lucas went through the mandatory background check pro- cess at a gun dealers before claiming the gun. According to news reports, he then gave the gun to a parishioner to store while he decided what to do with it. This "delivery of a firearm" to another person for storage is still a "transfer" governed by the OFSA and the background check requirements. After the gesture was written up in national news reports, local police asked the Oregon State Police to investigate the matter in light of the OFSA. If convicted of a misdemeanor violation of that law, Rev. Lucas could face a maximum fine of $6,250 and up to a year in jail. Initiatives for similar "universal" background check laws will be voted on this November in Nevada (Question 1) and Maine (Question 3). Proponents claim the measures represent "common-sense" proposals to regulate gun sales, with "reasonable" exceptions. These allegations ignore reality: the majority of criminals who acquire firearms don't go through legal channels and won't bother with a background check. The most substantial impact these laws will have is to turn lawabiding gun owners into criminals. Vote NO on Question 1 and Question 3. IN MEMORY NRA-ILA CONTRIBUTIONS (July 1, 2016 - July 31, 2016) William M. Mannatt, Omak, WA (from: Gloria F. Mannatt); Amanda Spier, Opelika, AL (from: Patricia A. Hamilton); James and Mavis Struble (from: Riverside Varmint Callers); Donald Howard Whitney Sr. (from: Elvie H. Sloope); Carroll J. Lanahan, Troy, IL (from: Larry and Betty Kluesner); Tom LaRoe, Napoleon, OH (from: Stephen and Patricia Kryder); Arthur James Zander (from: Maurice Coffey, AA Sewer & Septic); Bill Brennan (from: Livingston County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Inc.); Jerome "Jerry" Roach (from: John & Germaine Klouda and Jim & Sandy Rafferty); Charles W. Taylor, Tallassee, AL (from: Mrs. Charles W. Taylor); Lee Walter Taylor (from: Duncan Watson); Charles H. Newman, Maryville, TN (from: Barbara J. Cresse); Warren K. Miller (from: Cape Radiology Group); Harold "Harry" E. Ellis, Plantation, FL (from: David and Susan Ellis). ILA CONTRIBUTIONS (The following contributed $1,000 or more to the NRA Institute for Legislative Action during July 1, 2016 - July 31, 2016.) Mark L. Gruss, Deadwood, SD; D.P. Nobile, Valencia, CA; Don Berg, Ottumwa, IA; David Levy, Fort Washington, PA; Warren Bishop, Rochester Mills, PA; George A. Aydelott, Beaumont, TX; T. P. Zimmermann, Huntersville, NC; Edward F. Thieme, Boulder, CO; Marc Hart, Southlake, TX; Charles J. Turner, Atlanta, GA; Don H. Ware, Nashville, TN; James Martin, Chambersburg, PA; Tyler Haynes, Saginaw, MI; Nat Turbeville, Richmond, VA; Connie Weeda, Everson, WA; Philip A. Ranalli, Plant City, FL; Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc., Southport, CT; Davidson's, Prescott, AZ; Stoeger Industries, Accokeek, MD; Benelli U.S.A., Accokeek, MD; Turner's Operations Inc., Cucamonga, CA; Jack D. Furst, Dallas, TX; Arthur B. Choate, Coral Gables, FL; Hodgdon Powder Co., Shawnee, KS; Nosler Inc., Bend, OR; Lockton Affinity, Kansas City, MO; James A. Patterson, Louisville, KY; George Kollitides, New Canaan, CT; David L. Warner, Laguna Beach, CA; Regis J. Synan, Export, PA; Lasermax Inc., Rochester, NY; Sandra Froman, Tucson, AZ; Pete Putnam, Weirsdale, FL; Ohio Gun Collectors Ass'n., Northfield Center, OH; Wayne N. Collins, Culpeper, VA; Jeff Duncan, Highland, CA; Sandusky County Sportsmen's Club, Gibsonburg, OH; Denis M. Wyssbrod, Port Charlotte, FL; Larry F. Wright, London, TX; MetLife Insurance Co. USA, Des Moines, IA; Fairfield County League Of Sportsmen's Club Inc., Fairfield, CT; Parity Consultants, Lewisville, TX; Robert E. Tallman, Long Branch, NJ; John Leroy, Calhoun Falls, SC; Frank Byrne, Philadelphia, PA; Terrence S. Jacobs, Murrysville, PA; Rodney E. Caughey (aka: Mountain Man), Helena, MT; Cape Radiology Group, Cape Girardeau, MO; Andre Demir, Los Angeles, CA; Edward Tuffly, Kingston, OK; Edward Topp, Elk Grove Village, IL; Richard F. Shea, Mountain Home, TX; Edwin Sobota, Oscoda, MI; John D. Pearson, Watersmeet, MI; Lightle Y. Morris, San Antonio, TX; Mathew J. Reno, Gillette, WY; George Tash, Somis, CA; Frank Gavitt, Flower Mound, TX; Charles F. Vaughan, West Deptford, NJ; Richard A. Foster, Emporium, PA; Mark A. Youngren, Portland, OR; Rick D. Smith, Greenville, NC; Fletcher S. Stitzle, Brazil, IN; Leo Riley, Naples, FL; Kenneth Podd, Carlisle, PA; Earl Weniger, Little Rock, AR; John Coonradt, Fairfax, VA; Michael Martin, Independence, MO; John A. Chionchio, Hatboro, PA; Walter E. Boomer, Sheldon, SC; Kent Mccue, Wasilla, AK; Dave Grady, Graham, WA; Lynn Clayton, Belhaven, NC; Karen Lien, Perkasie, PA; G. Dan Bennett, Tallahassee, FL; Kobi Sarkar, Bridgeview, IL; Krieghoff International, Ottsville, PA; John Kinzell, Austin, TX; Stephen Kahn, San Francisco, CA; Gary Venable, Kansas City, KS; Mark Jones, Dobson, NC; Greg Goebel Jr., Petaluma, CA; Theresa A. Maples, Atascadero, CA; Donald A. Hammer, Norris, TN; Central Penn Antique Arms Ass'n., Mechanicsburg, PA; Graysville Gun Club, Graysville, AL Chillicothe Sportsmen's Club, Chillicothe, IL; Des Moines Rifle & Revolver Club Inc., Des Moines, IA. IL A G ra ssro o t s: ( 8 0 0 ) 3 9 2 - 8 6 8 3 * NR A- I L A : ( 703) 267-1170 * NR A- I L A web s i te: nr ai la. org AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG OCTOBER 2016 97 http://www.nraila.org http://www.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

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