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Oregon: Update on April 17 Hearings

Friday, April 14, 2017

Oregon: Update on April 17 Hearings

There have been a few changes to the House Judiciary Committee agenda for next Monday, April 17, and both House Joint Resolution 13 and House Bill 3281 will no longer be considered.  However, the Senate Judiciary Committee still plans to consider Senate Bill 868Senate Bill 797 and Senate Bill 764, so please attend the hearing to ensure that your voice is heard! 

Please click here to RSVP and join NRA at this hearing.  Also, please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to these three bills!  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact the Senate committee members!  Further hearing details can be found below.

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.  Amendments are being made to SB 868. Your NRA-ILA will continue to keep you updated on the status of the bill.

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.

The hearing for Senate Bill 764, sponsored by the Committee on the Judiciary, will be held on the -2 amendments, which are an omnibus bill combining portions of  SB 495, SB 546, SB 549, SB 670, SB 804, SB 854 and SB 903.  While there are good portions of this omnibus bill taken from legislation introduced by pro-gun Senators, this bill also vastly changes the Oregon Concealed Handgun License (CHL) permit process by making the requirements to obtain a CHL much more stringent.  This would make it much more difficult for law-abiding Oregonians to exercise their constitutional rights.  As amended, SB 764 would amend the current system to require those applying for a CHL permit to physically attend a live classroom training and engage in a live fire exercise.

Your NRA has been actively working at the Capitol to protect the Second Amendment rights of Oregonians, and will continue to keep you updated on these bills.  Again, you can click here to RSVP and join NRA at this hearing.  Also, please click the “Take Action” button to contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to SB 868, SB 797 and SB 764.

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