Fresh off an election victory won with support from gun control organizations, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown released her legislative agenda at her swearing in ceremony Monday asking lawmakers to close a series of “loopholes” in the state’s firearm laws.
The 2017 agenda identifies the “Charleston Loophole” and the “Boyfriend Loophole” as key issues. “As a community, we all agree that we must keep our families safe from violence too. We must continue the good progress we’ve made to keep guns out of the the wrong hands,” the one-page agenda says.
Both topics were broached in July alongside a spate of executive orders that included directing state police to track and analyze gun transactions.
The Charleston loophole is a reference to the way in which a white supremacist, despite having a prohibiting mark on his record, obtained the handgun he would later use to murder nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Then, the Boyfriend loophole is a reference to Oregon’s outdated definition of domestic abuser.