Oregon proposal aims to put dagger in gun bills

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SALEM (AP) — A Republican lawmaker is trying to draw attention to what he sees as the absurdity of gun-control legislation, so he’s proposing background checks on knife sales in Oregon.

Sen. Brian Boquist of Dallas doesn’t intend for his bill to pass. He says he wants to “broaden the discussion on school violence and mass attacks.” He says “it’s not simply a firearms issue.”

The Oregonian reports the bill is modeled after legislation requiring background checks on gun sales.

Key Democratic lawmakers have said they won’t push for limits on military-style, semi-automatic weapons or large-capacity magazines, but they’re looking to expand background checks to cover all gun sales and transfers in Oregon.

They also want to ban guns in schools and the state Capitol.

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