In the states that require background checks for all handgun sales, there are lower rates of gun violence across a variety of groups: 47 percent fewer women are shot to death by intimate partners, 53 percent fewer law enforcement officers are shot to death in the line of duty with guns that are not their own, and 48 percent less gun trafficking in their cities. The system works: since 1998, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has blocked more than 2.5 million attempted purchases by dangerous people who are prohibited from buying guns. But in order to make all Americans safer, federal law should require background checks for all gun sales.

States must also submit all missing mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Everytown has documented states’ failures to submit hundreds of thousands of missing mental health records to the background check system, and identified steps they can take to close these gaps.

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Maps Background Checks June 8, 2015

Licensed Gun Dealers in Oregon

94.6% of Oregon residents live within 10 miles of a federally licensed gun dealer capable of running a background check. Find the dealer nearest to you using the searchable map below.

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Fact Sheets Background Checks April 16, 2015

Lessons from Missouri: the Cost of Eliminating Background Checks

For several decades, Missouri required every handgun buyer to pass a criminal background check and obtain a purchase permit. In 2007, the state dismantled its permit system and eliminated the background check requirement.
Fact Sheets Background Checks March 17, 2015

Memo on the Impact of Background Checks in Colorado

In July 2013, Colorado passed a new law requiring criminal background checks for all person-to-person gun sales, with reasonable exceptions for family, hunting, and self-defense. This memo provides the clearest picture to-date of how the expansion of the state’s background check system has improved public safety.

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Fact Sheets Background Checks March 10, 2015

Gun Violence and Background Checks in Oregon

This fact sheet brings together the findings of Everytown’s original investigations and analyses of relevant law enforcement and public health data to illuminate trends in gun violence and crime in Oregon.

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Fact Sheets Gun Violence Trends March 9, 2015

Oregon Law Enforcement Deaths and Illegal Guns

An Everytown for Gun Safety analysis of FBI data over the last 30 years shows that more than half of Oregon police officers shot to death with guns that were not their own were killed by people who were likely barred from possessing firearms.

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