The American Medical Association has declared that gun violence in the United States is a public health crisis. From 2010 to 2014, over 2,000 people in Oregon died from firearms injuries, with suicide accounting for more than half of these deaths. The prescription for this crisis is clear: the Oregon State Legislature must pass gun violence prevention bills that will save the lives of Oregonians.
In particular, we call for the Oregon Legislature to pass the following bills:
SB 719 (formerly SB 868, Extreme Risk Prevention Order)
83% of gun deaths in Oregon are suicides. People experiencing a crisis may be at an elevated risk of suicide. Senate Bill 868 establishes an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) to empower families and law enforcement to prevent gun tragedies by establishing a civil court process to restrict access to firearms for up to a year based on clear and convincing evidence.
SB 1065 (formerly SB 797 & SB 764, Close the Charleston Loophole)
Senate Bill 797 will strengthen Oregon’s gun violence prevention laws by: (1) prohibiting gun possession by abusive dating partners and stalkers, (2) limiting the Charleston loophole by giving law enforcement more time to complete criminal background checks before gun sales proceed, and (3) ensuring that law enforcement officials are notified when criminals try and fail to purchase guns illegally.