The divide between Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin on gun control issues reflects not only divisions between conservatives and liberals, or between high-crime and low-crime areas, but also between rich communities and poor ones, says the New York Times. Brown and Hanlin, who is investigating last week’s shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, disagreed on a bill signed by Brown this year requiring more background checks for gun transfers. In Oregon, there is a disagreement on guns between urban places like Portland, which are booming, and rural ones, which are largely struggling.
States in recent years have gone both ways, with the number of legislatures toughening gun laws about equal to the number weakening them, says the San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The gunman in Roseburg, Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, obtained all of his 13 guns legally.