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Oregon becomes first state to add new gun law since Parkland shooting

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed a bill into law Monday that blocks convicted domestic abusers from owning guns, making the state the first to add a new gun safety law since the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., last month, HuffPost reported.

The state had already banned those with domestic violence or stalking convictions from owning guns, but this measure closes a loophole that allowed abusers or stalkers who aren’t living with or married to or don’t have children with the victim to keep the weapons.

The Oregon legislature passed the measure last month.

“I’m proud to sign this bill, making Oregon the first state to take action to prevent senseless gun violence since the tragedy in Parkland, Florida,” Brown said in a statement, according to HuffPost.


“Today marks an important milestone, but we know we have more to do. It’s long past time we hold the White House and Congress accountable. Now’s the time to enact real change and federal gun safety legislation.”

Survivors of last month’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have emerged as vocal advocates for gun control in the weeks since the shooting.

The Florida Senate passed a bill Monday that allows some teachers to be armed and raises the minimum age to purchase rifles from 18 to 21. The state’s House has not yet taken up the legislation.

Florida senators on Saturday had briefly banned the sale of AR-15 assault rifles, the same gun used in the school shooting, but rescinded the ban 15 minutes later.

Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have called for action on gun laws, but efforts seem to have slowed in the weeks since the shooting.

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