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We work to prevent gun violence
In 2007 Missouri repealed a law requiring background checks and licenses for all gun owners. A new study from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research shows that after this law was repealed, firearm deaths in Missouri increased by 23 percent (55 to 63 more murders annually from 2008 to 2012).
This study provides compelling confirmation that weaknesses in gun laws lead to deaths from gun violence.
Senate Bill 1551 (SB 1551) has been introduced into the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee for the 2014 legislative session. This bill would require criminal background checks on most gun sales and transfers (close family members and antique weapons are not included).
Studies show that background checks are the easiest, most effective way to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals. In other states, these laws have been shown to reduce violence. The overwhelming majority of Oregonians support this reform.
Some folks have been misinformed about the provisions of SB 1551. It will require universal background checks on almost all gun sales, but it will not lead to a gun registry or gun confiscation. Universal background checks will save lives.
Contact your state legislators and urge them to support SB 1551. Make sure your voice is heard!
Thank you for joining us for the January 28th Gun Violence Prevention Summit!
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence released their 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter. The report contains analyses of the gun laws in every state, and it ranks states according to how effective and strong their laws are. Every state is awarded a letter grade indicating the overall strength or weakness of its gun laws. Oregon's grade is a D+.
2013 was an important year. After the horrifying massacre at Sandy Hook, twenty-one states passed new laws to reduce gun laws, and eight of them enacted major reforms.
Thank you for joining us at the December 11th vigil in honor of the victims of the Clackamas Town Center!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all victims of gun violence, their families, and their friends. The mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on September 16 resulted in 13 deaths (including the shooter's), and many others were injured. This is the deadliest shooting since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Just three days after the Navy Yard shooting, 13 people were shot in a park in Chicago. Thankfully, all survived, but several were seriously injured.
While mass shootings receive the most media attention, dozens of people are victims of gun violence every day--in moments of rage, feuds with neighbors, drive-by shootings, domestic violence, suicides, unintentional shootings, and many other instances.
Since the massacre at Sandy Hook, Joe Nocera, a columnist for The New York Times, has issued the Gun Report, a daily update that provides a grim record of the carnage and death on our streets, much of which results from inadequate gun safety laws. Visit http://nocera.blogs.nytimes.com/category/gun-report/.
The American people deserve better than this. While laws that present real opportunities to save lives sit on the desks of legislators, many Americans continue to die as a result of gun violence. The American people are calling for action. Our legislators need to act now.
The 2013 Oregon Legislature did nothing to prevent gun violence.
We are deeply disappointed that even after the recent horrific shooting tragedies here in Oregon and across the country, the 2013 Oregon Legislature chose to do nothing to reduce gun violence. Oregonians overwhelmingly support common-sense steps like requiring universal background checks to ensure that guns do not end up in the hands of criminals. It is our hope that our elected leaders will soon catch up with the views of their constituents.
The movement to strengthen our gun laws is stronger today than at any time in the last decade. With our partners in the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action and the Brady Campaign, we will continue gearing up for new educational campaigns and the next legislative session. We appreciate the hard work by Senators Floyd Prozanski and Ginny Burdick this session and look forward to successfully passing legislation to make our communities safer.
Ceasefire Oregon mourns the death of Julie Sterling, our dear friend, co-founder, board member, and lifelong advocate. She was an inspiration to all of us, and we will miss her dearly.
Oregonians support common-sense gun safety laws: watch and share this video.
Keep guns away from dangerous people
Require universal background checks
Background checks prevent criminals and people with serious mental illness from buying guns. That's why a background check should be required for every gun sale. 81% of Oregonians support universal background checks on all gun sales. Ask your legislators in Salem to require universal background checks. This is a terrific reform that we strongly support.
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A new report shows that many people already banned by existing federal law from purchasing guns are using online sales to evade background checks and acquire guns illegally. There are no federal background check requirements to prevent such online sales, and many people who would be discouraged by background checks at gun dealers are taking advantage of this online private sale loophole.
Current Oregon law also does not require background checks for these online sales.→ view full article
A new article shows that far too many children die from being accidentally shot with guns––far more than the official statistics say. And these deaths are preventable.→ view full article
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the National Physicians Alliance have just issued a report on gun violence with recommendations on how to reduce deaths and injuries by firearms.→ view full article
Gun violence is a public health issue, but one we can solve. The first step is to enact universal background checks--require a background check for the sale of every gun.