Continuing the same trend we’ve seen over many months, Congress has not made progress to address the crisis of gun violence, but federal inaction hasn’t stopped states from enacting their own laws. In Oregon, Governor Kate Brown signed into law
the Oregon Firearms Safety Act, which will make background checks universal on all gun sales in the state, making it the eighth state to do so
. And on the other side of the Columbia River, Washington enacted the Sheena Henderson Act
, which allows family members to be notified when police return guns to loved ones, when those guns had been taken for safety considerations. The act was named after a Spokane woman who was shot to death the day after police returned guns to her husband who suffered from mental illness after he was judged not to be a safety threat.