SB501: If passed, Senate Billl 501 would make OREGON gun laws strictest in the country.
By Ben Botkin, Salem Statesman Journal
The bill proposed to appear in the Legislature in the beginning of this year (2019) would require Oregonians to obtain a permit before buying a gun, limit the amount of ammunition a person could buy, outlaw magazines with a capacity of more than five rounds, and create gun locking and storage requirements.
If passed, Senate Bill 501 would make Oregon's firearms regulations among the strictest in the U.S. Compared to most other western states, Oregon already has stricter gun laws.
California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York are the five states that are among the strictest for gun regulations. Oregon gun legislation would be the strictest in the nation.
Oregon Bill would require Permits to buy guns, limit ammunition.
Connor Radnovich, Salem Statesman Journal
A bill set to appear in the Legislature this year would require Oregonians to obtain a permit before buying a gun, limit the amount of ammunition a person could buy, outlaw magazines with a capacity of more than five rounds and create gun locking and storage requirements.
It's the broadest of more than a dozen bills dealing with guns submitted by lawmakers ahead of the 2019 Legislature, which convenes Jan. 22.
The bill came from Students for Change, a group of Lake Oswego teens formed last year after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. They lobbied lawmakers and Gov. Kate Brown last year and pledged to come back this year with a legislative proposal.
Rep. Andrea Salinas, D-Lake Oswego, and Sen. Rob Wagner, D- Tualatin, submitted Senate Bill 501 on their behalf.
Wagner said that it's "probably a long shot that something like this passes in whole cloth," but this is the bill the students wanted to put in front of the Legislature.
"What we told them is that this is your movement, and we want to support you as representatives," Wagner said.
Some other 2019 bills focus on aspects of SB 501, such as raising the minimum age for purchasing a gun to 21, lengthening background check delays or setting firearm locking requirements.
But no other bill attempts to achieve as many gun-control goals as SB 501.
Wagner said the students did all the research for the bill and he hasn't looked much into its constitutionality.
Other lawmakers did have thoughts on that aspect.
"The Oregon Constitution is clearer about the Second Amendment than the United States Constitution. We value and respect firearms in Oregon — and this is not a partisan issue," Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer, said in a statement. "The bill is culturally blind to the heritage of our state and Oregonians’ values."
The bill would require a person receive a permit from their county sheriff before purchasing a gun.
To qualify for a permit the person would need to: be at least 21 years old; have no criminal convictions; have not violated a restraining or stalking order; not use illegal controlled substances; and provide proof of completing a firearms safety course.
Within a 30-day period, someone could apply for one handgun permit and one rifle or shotgun permit.
If someone meets all of those requirements, a sheriff could still deny a permit if he or she "has reasonable grounds to believe" that they are likely to be a danger to themselves or others.
Copies of each permit approved would be kept by the sheriff for at least one year.
If it were to pass in its current form, the bill would also require all "large-capacity" magazines be altered, given to law enforcement or disposed of within 180 days after passage.
With exceptions for tubular feeding devices on lever-action and 0.22 caliber firearms, the bill defines "large-capacity magazine" as: "an ammunition feeding device, whether fixed or detachable, with the capacity to accept more than five rounds of ammunition."
The ban wouldn't apply to law enforcement officers or military members who need larger magazines for official duties.
Other restrictions in the bill include:
he National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen organizations and publishers. For more information, visit www.nssf.org.
JANUARY 23, 2019
LAS VEGAS — At a time when the hunting and shooting sports community is unified in its focus to create new hunters, Families Afield®, an alliance of several of the nation’s top hunting and industry groups, announced today in Las Vegas at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade ShowSM (SHOT Show®) that more than 2 million apprentice licenses have been sold as a result of the partners’ work. Families Afield was created in 2005 by the Sportsmen’s Alliance, National Shooting Sports Foundation and the National Wild Turkey Federation to tear down the barriers that prevent attracting new hunters to the pastime. The National Rifle Association and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation joined the effort soon thereafter.
The primary focus of the coalition has been the implementation of apprentice license programs across the United States. Families Afield partners began compiling participation numbers and other important data about the program each year in 2006. In 2018, the partnership achieved its greatest milestone, when the data revealed that 2,233,338 apprentice licenses had been sold.
Apprentice licenses, now sold in 40 states, allow a newcomer to try hunting under the supervision of an experienced mentor without having the new hunter first complete a time-consuming hunter safety course. This “try before you buy” approach has proven to be a successful tool for incentivizing youths, women and people living in urban and suburban areas, all highly sought-after by hunting and shooting sports organizations. In its success, it has also established that closely supervised hunting is safe and effective means of attracting newcomers.
Families Afield has established itself as a solid collaboration that continues to produce positive results backed by quantifiable data, the key ingredient in measuring the success of programs intended to attract new hunters. It has been successful because mentors are free to take newcomers on their favorite types of hunts which in itself encourages mentoring. At the same time, Families Afield works at nearly no cost to state wildlife agencies, which simply need to make the licenses available and promote them to hunters.
The secret to the success of Families Afield is that apprentice licenses harness the enthusiasm of current hunters and empowers them to take people hunting, even on a moment’s notice. The groups are proud to celebrate this milestone of 2 million apprentice licenses sold and look forward to others using this model of cooperation to continue its success and preserve hunting for generations to come.
Washington: Anti-Gun Group Announces 2019 Agenda
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2018
On December 5th, 2018 the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a group backed by out-of-state elites, announced it will pursue its most extreme anti-gun legislative agenda to date during the upcoming 2019 Washington Legislative Session. This comes less than one month after the Alliance for Gun Responsibility and Seattle tech-billionaires spent millions to pass Initiative 1639, which made the state’s gun control laws amongst the worst in nation.
Some of the most egregious restrictions in the Alliance for Gun Responsibility’s 2019 agenda includes the following:
Your NRA will continue to fight for the Second Amendment rights of Washingtonians and will be at the Capitol on a daily basis throughout the 2019 legislative session. Your active participation is needed to help protect self-defense rights in the Evergreen state. Please sign up as an NRA Frontlines volunteer and get at least three fellow gun owners to also sign up to receive timely legislative alerts on firearm-related bills during this upcoming session. Make plans to attend committee hearings on these bills in Olympia when NRA-ILA notifies you of the place and location. Also, contact your state lawmakers before and during session urging them to OPPOSE these measures.
Please stay tuned to your email inbox and www.nraila.com for further updates on pre-filed bills and ways to be involved when the legislature convenes on January 14th.
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President Trump voices his support for national right to carry, reforming our mental health system, ending gun-free zones on military bases and recruitment centers, and fixing the background check system. He also called magazine and assault weapons bans "total failures." On background checks, Trump noted that we should do more to incorporate criminal and mental health records. The majority of states already provide mental health information to the National Instant Background Check System. The issue regarding expanding background checks to prevent the mentally ill from obtaining firearms is navigating through due process, the right to privacy, patient-doctor confidentiality, and constitutional rights to make sure this process is fair, legal, and effective. Not every person with mental illness commits a mass shooting, though the mentally ill tend to make up the lion share of mass shooters. Moreover, not every mental illness or disorder should prohibit a person from owning firearms. I don't think Asperger syndrome is something that should prevent someone from exercising his or her Second Amendment rights. This is a huge part of the debate that the pro-gun control seems to view as anathema.
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The Eddie Eagle GunSafe program teaches children in pre-K through third grade four important steps to take if they find a gun. These steps are presented by the program's mascot, Eddie Eagle, in an easy-to-remember format consisting of the following simple rules: STOP! Don’t touch. Run Away. Tell a Grown-up. At this kid-friendly website, children can watch the Eddie Eagle video, read through storybooks, join in sing-alongs, download coloring sheets and enjoy plenty of other fun activities reinforcing the gun safety message.
For more information see: https://eddieeagle.nra.org/