Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed a bill into law Monday that bans convicted domestic abusers and people under restraining orders from owning guns on Monday, closing 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 firearms.
The new law makes Oregon the first state to add a new gun safety law since the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last month that killed 17.
“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.
“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.”
State Sen. Floyd Prozanski, whose sister was fatally shot by her boyfriend, and Rep. Janeen Sollman, who fled her home as a child when her father was in a violent rage, exchanged a hug as they stood behind the governor, reports JT.