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Oregon: Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled in Committee

Friday, April 7, 2017

Oregon: Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled in Committee

Today, April 7, was the deadline for committee chairs to schedule any remaining bills they intend to move this session.  As expected, several anti-gun bills have been scheduled to be heard in the Senate Judiciary committee on April 17 at 8:00am.

NRA members and Second Amendment supporters are encouraged to attend this hearing and voice their opposition to these radical anti-gun bills.  Please also contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to oppose SB 868 and 797, which impose further restrictions on our Second Amendment rights in Oregon!  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact the committee members!  Hearing details can be found below as well.

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing
Monday, April 17; 8:00am
Room HR 50
Oregon State Capitol

Senate Bill 868, introduced by state Senator Ginny Burdick (D-18) and state Senator Brian Boquist (R-12), would create a so-called “Extreme Risk Protection Order” (ERPO) that could be obtained by a law enforcement officer, family member, or household member in an ex parte hearing to deprive someone of their Second Amendment rights without due process of the law.  This ex parte order, which strips the accused of their Second Amendment rights, would be issued by a judge based on the brief statement of the petitioner.  The accused would not be afforded the chance to appear in court to defend themselves against the allegations when the ERPO is issued.  These orders may be issued without any allegations of criminal behavior.

Senate Bill 797, sponsored by the Committee on the Judiciary, would require firearm transfers to be indefinitely delayed if the Oregon State Police (OSP) are unable to determine eligibility.  A deferral from OSP does not necessarily mean the recipient is prohibited, but rather that OSP is not satisfied with the background check inquiry and a determination has not yet been made.  Currently, federal law allows a licensed firearm dealer (FFL) to release a firearm after three business days if they have not received any additional correspondence after receiving a “delay” when conducting the initial background check for a firearm transfer.  This safeguard prevents the potential shutdown of sales via endless delays and allows law-abiding individuals to take possession of a firearm in a timely manner.

Also scheduled that day is Senate Bill 764, sponsored by the Committee on the Judiciary.  The hearing will be held on the -1 amendments, which is an omnibus bill combining portions of  SB 495, SB 546, SB 549, SB 655, SB 670, SB 804, SB 854 and SB 903.  You NRA will update you as more information becomes available on the proposed -1 amendments.

Again, if you are able, please attend the committee hearing to voice your opposition to SB 868 & 797. Also, please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to oppose these anti-gun bills that impose further restrictions on our Second Amendment rights in Oregon!

Further, at 1:00pm on April 17, the House Judiciary Committee will be hearing HJR 13HB 2526, and HB 3281.  Please stay tuned to your email inbox for additional alerts and action items on these bills.​

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