Oregon Background Checks for Transfer of Firearms, Measure 5 (2000)

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The Oregon Background Checks for Transfer of Firearms Amendment, also known as Measure 5, was on the November 7, 2000 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute, where it was approved. The measure expanded statewide background checks before firearms transfers at gun shows or by dealer.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 5 (2000)
Approveda Yes 921,926 61.8%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Ballot title

Expands Circumstances Requiring Background Check Before Transfer Of Firearm[2]


Ginny Burdick, Robert Kennedy, and Dan Noelle


[3] The Million Mom March supported the measure calling it a "simple, common-sense measure that will protect our children and our communities from gun trauma by requiring buyers at gun shows to pass the same background check they would have to pass in a gun store."

Many supporters argued that the measure does not threaten the rights of law-abiding gun owners, wanting to make it clear that the measure "isn't gun control."They maintained that the measure is a common sense to way to keep guns out of criminals' hands.

Some others who supported the measure are:

  • Sheriffs of Oregon
  • Oregon Catholic Conference
  • Nurses United
  • Oregon Medical Association


[4] The Oregon Firearms Federation Political Action Committee called the measure an attack on privacy and shared information with voters about the background check system the measure would require unlicensed sellers to use:

"[The National Instant Check System] has been down for days at a time. Read what the State Police have to say about how that affects their system, the Handgun Instant Check System:
'The whole purpose of this system is not to arrest people',said Tom Dixson who supervises the Oregon State Police instant check system.
'Even when local authorities are notified that a felon is

attempting to buy a gun, it's usually not a high

priority for them to react right away.' --Statesman Journal 5/30/99
'Few felons arrested under gun check law.' --Eugene Register Guard 5/31/99
'I don't see anything in this act that is going to prevent gun violence.' --Lane County Sheriff Jan Clements, August 4th 2000
Measure 5 is not about stopping crimes. It's not about stopping violence. It's about stopping you. It's about preventing you from protecting your family."

Many opposed believed the measure would do nothing to stop crimes or prevent criminals from attaining guns, but would more likely hinder law-abiding citizens from owning guns and protecting their families. Many simply considered the measure a violation of privacy and safety. Some pointed out that the majority of dealers at gun shows are already licensed.

Some others opposed were:

  • The Libertarian Party of Oregon
  • Oregon Republican Party
  • National Rifle Association of America
  • Second Amendment Sisters, Inc.

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