In Oregon, there is a bit of a legal rush going on to clarify some new state gun laws that potentially classify powder-actuated nail guns as a firearm. Being classified as a firearm, as the law is written, would thus require a criminal background check to purchase these tools. While this clearly wasn’t intended by lawmakers on either side of the proverbial aisle, it’s a “whoops” that all parties involved recognize needs to be fixed. According to an article in The Oregonian, current Oregon law–written into law last month–defines a firearm as a device that “by whatever name known, which is designed to expel a projectile by the action of powder.” That vague description is problematic for obvious reasons. While most nail guns used compressed air, some use electric power, some use gas and others deesigned for fastening to steel and concrete use a powder charge. Legislators are currently working to amend the original bill
So as the law stands right now, anybody buying one of this guns at Home Depot without the proper background checks is breaking the law. And, of course, so is Home Depot for selling firearms without being a firearms dealer and performing the obligatory background checks.
And I believe that Nail Guns should go through background checks. Any gun that throws a projectile that can perforate concrete and steel, would easily defeat the body armor worn by police officers. Home Depot and other House Improvement Big Box Stores are actually illegally selling Cop Killer Guns and that must be stopped.
Call your state legislator and demand that all Nail Guns should go through Universal Background checks. Do not kowtow or surrender to the powerful Construction Lobby. Do it for the Children.
Via Grant Cunningham.