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Oregon: Anti-Gun Bill Headed to Governor

Friday, July 7, 2017

Oregon: Anti-Gun Bill Headed to Governor

Yesterday, Senate Bill 719A passed the Oregon House with a 31-28 vote.  SB 719A will now go to Governor Kate Brown for her consideration.  Please contact Governor Brown and urge her to veto SB 719A!  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact Governor Brown!

Your NRA-ILA would like to thank all the members and Second Amendment supporters who contacted their legislators in opposition to SB 719A.  Your NRA-ILA would also like to thank all the legislators who stood strong for your rights and voted against this bill.

Based on a California law enacted in 2014, SB 719A 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.

By allowing a law enforcement officer, family member, or household member to seek the ERPO, SB 719A would allow people who are not mental health professionals, who may be mistaken, and who may only have minimal contact with the respondent to file a petition with the court and testify on the respondent’s state of mind.  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.

In Oregon, people who pose a danger to themselves or others may be dealt with in a number of ways, depending on the circumstances.  Under current law, every punitive measure which leads to a prohibition on firearm possession requires some type of judicial process, so people are not arbitrarily deprived of their liberty or their rights.  SB 719A is unnecessary and goes far beyond existing law.

Stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on this bill.

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