NSSF submitted written opposition to the Oregon State Police Criminal Justice Information Services Division regarding proposed fee increases by the Oregon State Police (OSP) to conduct background checks on firearm purchasers.
“There is simply no need for firearm purchasers to pay any fee, let alone a fee increase, to the OSP,” reads the NSSF letter. “The state police already run background checks through the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) -- which charges no fee. Any subsequent checks performed are redundant and unnecessary.”
June 7, 2010
VIA EMAIL David Yandell Director Oregon State Police Criminal Justice Information Services Division 3772 Portland Rd NE Salem, OR 97301 [email protected]
Dear Mr. Yandell:
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The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, strongly opposes any proposed fee increases in the program areas the Oregon State Police (OSP) currently administers, most notably, the fee increase the OSP would charge to conduct background checks on firearm purchasers.
There is simply no need for firearm purchasers to pay any fee, let alone a fee increase, to the OSP for background checks. The OSP is already checking purchaser backgrounds through the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) --which charges no fee-- as part of its investigation; therefore, checks that the OSP concurrently performs are redundant and unnecessary. If the OSP cannot afford to conduct these checks, they should be handled by NICS, as they are in other states (at no charge).
The OSP’s proposed fee hikes of upwards of 100 to 300 percent on its services would unfairly burden responsible, law-abiding American citizens who choose to own a firearm and amounts to an unreasonable tax on one’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
Lawrence G. Keane
cc: Patricia Whitfield, Director, Oregon State Police, Identification Services Section