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First take

The new Oregon gun background check law kicks in today after years of effort to put it on the books. There have been arguments against that it will be onerous, that it will hard to enforce, and so on. It will not be a perfect run, to be sure. For one thing, there are exemptions in it. (In-family transfers are exempted.) And the number of guns simply floating around the population, in the hundreds of millions, is too vast to get much of an official handle on. Still, it may make some violence a little less easy. A KGW report notes that “Supporters of the new law also cited research which found states that require background checks on all handgun sales saw 48% fewer gun suicides, 48% fewer law enforcement officers killed with handguns and 46% fewer women killed by their domestic partners.”

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