New Year, New Gun Control.

Oregon

Domestic violence protections expanded, one of the few laws passed that are in keeping with convictions and legal prohibitions.

The state has expanded its firearm ban for domestic abusers and stalkers to close a so-called “boyfriend loophole.” Under previous law, abusers were banned from buying and owning guns only if they were married to their victim. The new law bans all convicted stalkers, abusers and people under restraining orders from buying or owning guns, regardless of whether they are married or live with children. 

Washington State

The age for buying semi-automatic rifles has been raised from 18 to 21, after voters passed an initiative in November. Starting in July, the state will also have new requirements for safe gun storage and new background checks from law enforcement for purchases. Gun owners could also face criminal charges if one of their weapons gets into the hands of children or someone banned from carrying a firearm, and is used for threats or violence. 

These are the four states implementing some of the most drastic changes. However, states even a pro-gun as Texas are considering red flag laws. Florida is looking seriously at changes. States the nation over are making changes and many of them are detrimental to law abiding gun owners while ineffectively addressing the actual problems facing the nation.

And Nationally

Federal ban on bump stocks…

The legal definition of bumpstocks has been changed to machine gun and bump stocks in possession by non SOT’d individuals will be a violation of the NFA.

A device with no mechanical component is now a machine gun… because rules we just made up!

Do you have a flag?

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Keith is the Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. editor@gatdaily.com A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. A Certified Instructor since 2009, he has taught concealed weapons courses in the West Michigan area in the years since and continues to pursue training and teaching opportunities as they arise.