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Pastor Who Won AR-15 Rifle Then Gave it to a Friend Won't Be Charged Under Oregon Law

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An Oregon law passed last year makes transferring a gun without a background check illegal, even if the arrangement is between private parties and no money changes hands.

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — A suburban Portland pastor who won an AR-15 rifle in a raffle and then said he gave it a gun-owning friend for safekeeping will not be prosecuted for transferring the weapon without conducting a background check, authorities said.

Officials were investigating whether Rev. Jeremy Lucas may have violated a recent state law that makes transferring a gun without a background check illegal, even if the arrangement is between private parties and no money changes hands.

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