We work to prevent gun violence
Oregon 2016 Legislative Session
In the aftermath of our state's deadliest mass shooting, you told your legislators that you fully expect action to be taken in the 2016 that will help stop gun violence. Your legislators listened and are acting to stop our nightmare of gun violence.
Ceasefire Oregon applauds the courage of legislators who have introduced bills which will provide strong, effective ways to combat gun violence.
HB 4147 Close the Charleston Loophole.
Last June, nine people were gunned down in the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina after a man was able to buy a gun without completing a background check. A loophole in the law allows a gun dealer to sell a gun after 3 business days even if a background check is not complete. That is how the Charleston AME Church shooter obtained his gun. HB 4147 would close that loophole in Oregon.
The House Judiciary Committee will hear HB 4147 Thursday, February 4, at 3 PM in the Capitol Building in Salem, Hearing Room 50.
Rep. Jeff Barker (D-Hillsboro) is the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Barker voted against the background check bill (SB 941). Tell him you support HB 4147 to close the Charleston Loophole.
Please call Rep. Barker at 503-986-1428 and tell him to support HB 4147.
Background information about HB 4147 and the Charleston Loophole:
Federal law requires that licensed gun dealers run criminal background checks on all potential gun buyers. But due to a National Rifle Association-backed provision added to the 1993 Brady Bill, the law allows sales to proceed after three business days—even if background check operators have not confirmed the buyer is legally allowed to have guns.
- On July 10, 2015, the FBI said the Charleston shooter was able to purchase the gun he used in the shooting because this “default proceed” period had elapsed—and the dealer made the sale even though the background check was not complete.
- In the last five years, gun dealers have gone forward with more than 15,000 gun sales to prohibited people because a background check could not be completed within the default period.
How was this deadly, NRA-backed loophole carved out? Read it on Fact Check.
Your generous donation can help reduce gun violence.
Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation (COEF) works to reduce gun violence through education programs including ASK: Asking Saves Kids, suicide prevention programs and a gun turn-in. Donations to COEF are tax-deductible. Donate here.
Ceasefire Oregon (CO) works to reduce gun violence through legislative and advocacy work, including our work to pass SB 941, Oregon's firearm background check bill. Donations to CO are not tax-deductible. Donate here.
Ceasefire Oregon's PAC works to elect candidates and support legislators who will be champions for gun violence prevention. Donate online here or send your generous check to:
Ceasefire Oregon PAC
7327 SW Barnes Road, #316
Portland, Oregon 97225
Take Action Now to #EndTheBan on CDC funding for gun violence prevention research.
Call now to end the ban on funding research into gun violence prevention. The phone numbers for Oregon's congressional delegation are listed below. Don't know your legislator? Check here.
For nearly twenty years the Center for Disease Control has not been able to study ways to reduce gun violence. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Nita Lowey both issued statements calling for ending the ban on gun violence research in the spending bill currently being negotiated. The Washington Post reported that Speaker Paul Ryan’s office speculated that the ban “could be an area of compromise” in the spending negotiations.
It is critical that your members of Congress hear from you in support of gun violence research. If you can't call today, please call tonight or tomorrow with a brief message.
Let your members of Congress know that:
- You are a constituent and gun violence prevention is a top priority for you.
- Gun violence is one of the leading causes of preventable death in our country and we must take a comprehensive public health approach to address this ongoing crisis.
- We need evidence-based research to identify programs that prevent gun violence prevention.
- Congress must strike the language in the spending bill that has effectively banned gun violence research for nearly 20 years and provide adequate and unrestricted funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other scientific agencies to research the causes of gun violence and develop prevention strategies.
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici 503-469-6010
Rep. Peter DeFazio: 541-465-6732
Rep. Earl Blumenaer: 503-231-2300
Rep. Kurt Shrader: 503-557-1324
Rep. Greg Walden: 541-389-4408
Every call makes a difference so please share this with your friends.
Ceasefire Oregon and the Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation are filled with sorrow by the rampage in San Bernardino today. Along with our sorrow, however, is outrage that legislators throughout the United States have allowed mass shootings to become commonplace in our country.
Current reports indicate that fourteen people were shot to death and seventeen people were injured. At this time, if you live in southern California, please do what you can to help the victims and their families. They will need blood donations, someone to help with their children, hot meals to eat, rides to the hospital, loving ears to listen to their cries and strong arms to comfort them.
Wherever you live, help the victims and their families by calling your legislators NOW to demand an end to this national nightmare. Find your legislator here.
We know what to expect: kneejerk requests for thoughts and prayers from impotent legislators who are owned by the gun lobby and dead silence from the National Rifle Association. But let them hear your voice this time. Let them know that you are demanding an end to gun violence and you will hold them accountable at the ballot box and when you stop donating to their campaigns and political parties.
Let’s be honest: if more guns meant less crime, America would be the safest nation on earth.
If you don’t know what to say, please feel free to forward this email to your state and federal legislators, your friends, and your family. We need to do whatever it takes to end this gun madness. Find your legislators' contact info here: openstates.org/find_
Tell your legislators that you demand an end to gun violence. Tell them:
Stop allowing the gun lobbies like the NRA to dictate our gun laws with their campaign donations.
Reinstate the assault weapons ban.
Implement much higher standards for gun ownership including firearm training, safe storage and no guns for violent misdemeanants.
Hold federally licensed firearms dealers accountable if they sell guns illegally.
Find more details at Ceasefire Oregon at http://www.ceasefireoregon.
Think it’s too soon to call for change? For the victims in San Bernardino, it’s too late.
Ceasefire Oregon Reveals Plan to Cut Gun Violence
Ceasefire Oregon and the Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation Release Recommendations to Reduce Gun Violence by Thirty to Fifty Percent in Five Years. The plan includes legislative and educational courses of action. The three overarching goals are to require higher standards for firearm ownership, enhance accountability of federally licensed firearms dealers and improve safety standards for firearms and firearm ownership. Details are available on our new webpage.
How well do you know Oregon's gun laws? Take our short quiz on Ceasefire Oregon's New Trajectory blogpost site. Test your knowledge and find out the truth about Oregon gun laws. Click here to take the quiz.
Ceasefire Oregon's International Response to the Umpqua Community College Shooting, Printed in The Guardian, Oct 2, 2015
TED Talk: Dr. Daniel Webster, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, examines some surprisingly hopeful possibilities that exist to reduce gun violence significantly. Dr. Webster states, "Our level of violence will...be going down. Violence is not necessarily engraved into American culture or law." Dr. Webster has a four-part plan to reduce gun violence. His overall concept is to increase standards for gun ownership and enhance the accountability of federal licensed firearms dealers (gun sellers). Watch his 18 minute TED Talk.
2015 Legislative Session Sees Huge Wins for Gun Violence Prevention in Oregon!
Gun violence prevention made huge strides in Oregon's 2015 legislative session. Ceasefire Oregon and the Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation have worked together for over 20 years to educate our community and Oregon legislators about gun violence and how to prevent it. This year, Ceasefire Oregon leveraged those years of work and, together with our allies including the Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety and Everytown for Gun Safety, passed SB 941 which closed the private gun sale loophole. We also helped stop HB 3093, which would have allowed more hidden, loaded guns in Oregon carried by non-Oregonians.
Take a look at some of the changes in Oregon laws because of our work:
SB 941: Felons and domestic abusers can no longer buy guns with no questions asked.
SB 525: Domestic violence offenders and people subject to domestic abuse restraining orders are barred from possessing guns.
SB 385: Judges can prohibit guns in their courtrooms.
That's just three of thirty bills Ceasefire Oregon took a position on and followed during the legislative session. While we worked with other organizations on SB 941 and HB 3039, no other gun violence prevention organization in Oregon is active on all firearms-related bills. You can read the rest of the bills here.
Ceasefire Oregon's legislative work helps make Oregonians safer from gun violence. We help set the agenda and create strategies for other states to pass effective gun safety legislation. Thank you for your unwavering vision of an Oregon free of gun violence.
Portland Mayor Hales Declares June 19 to be ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day in Portland
Ceasefire Oregon’s opposition is based on six major points:
- 1. Oregon’s lax CHL training requirements would allow poorly trained, out-of-state CHL holders to carry loaded, hidden guns in Oregon.
- -Seven states, including Texas, require shooting competency. Oregon does not.1, 7
-An Oregon CHL applicant is not even required to touch a gun to receive an Oregon CHL.
-Delaware and Texas requires instruction on proper handling and storage of guns and ammunition.2, 7 Oregon does not.
-Some states require CHL training to include instruction in techniques for avoiding a criminal attack or how to manage a violent confrontation.2, 7 Oregon does not.
2. Concealed handgun licenses are NOT like a driver's license.
-Driver's licenses ensure a uniform standard of knowledge throughout all states. However, different states have different standards for CHL training requirements.
-Some states do not require any training or testing to obtain a CHL while driver's licenses require training and testing in all states.
3. A CHL is not a guarantee of lawful behavior.
-Since 2007, 743 people have been shot to death by someone legally permitted to carry a concealed gun.3
-In the same time period, 29 mass shootings have been committed by CHL holders.3
-Also, 17 law enforcement officers have been killed by CHL holders.3
4. Some states have issued CHLs to felons.
-Florida issued 1,400 concealed carry permits to felons in 2007 alone.4
-Between 2007 and 2011, North Carolina issued 2,400 concealed carry permits to people convicted of misdemeanor crimes or felonies.5
5. Reciprocity would pose serious challenges to law enforcement.
-The increased number of individuals carrying concealed guns in public places would pose substantial complications for Oregon law enforcement agencies.
-In addition to confronting potentially large numbers of travelers packing heat with little or not training or knowledge of the relevant state firearms laws, law enforecement would be further challenged by the difficulty of verifying that any individual bearing an out-of-state CHL is legally allowed to carry a gun in public.
-Some state permit cards do not contain the permit holder's photograph, looking more like library cards than official documents authorizing the carrying of a hidden, loaded firearm.
-In order to confirm that an individual's CHL is authentic, law enforcement would have to contact the issuing agency in the permit holder's state, because there is no nationwide database for CHL holders.
-Not every state has a statewide database of permit holders. Colorado, for example, prohibits the creation of a statewide database, while Maine does not require locally-issued permits to be reported to its state system.6
6. HB 3093 will not help most Oregonians.
-California does not have reciprocity, so Oregonians cannot carry concealed in our most populous neighboring state.
-Washington is not eligible because it does not require CHL training.
-Residents of bordering states can already obtain a CHL from an Oregon sheriff.
How does Oregon benefit from allowing more hidden, loaded guns in our state? It doesn’t. The bill’s sole “benefit”—saving some paperwork and perhaps a few dollars in CHL fees, for those few people—is far outweighed by the risk of having poorly trained CHL holders from other states carrying loaded, concealed handguns on our streets, in our parks and even into our Capitol building which has a chilling effect on Oregonians’ right to free speech.
HB 3093A places a great deal of risk on Oregonians simply to extend a courtesy to a few.
1. States requiring live firing as part of the firearm training component of the law are Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. http://smartgunlaws.org/concealed-weapons-permitting-policy-summary/
4. Megan O’Matz and John Maines, “License to Carry: Florida’s Flawed Concealed Weapon Law,” Sun Sentinel, January 28, 2007, available at http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2007-01-28/news/0701270316_1_gun-licensing-system
5. Michael Luo, “Guns in Public, and Out of Sight,” The New York Times, December 26, 2011, available at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/27/us/more-concealed-guns-and-some-are-in-the-wrong-hands.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
6. Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-12-206(3)(b)(I); Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 25, § 2006.
Concealed handgun license training required by some other states but not Oregon:
Live-fire training and proficiency
Training in conflict management and reduction
Training in avoidance of a criminal attack
Instruction on proper handling and storage of guns and ammunition, including the storage and handling of guns and ammunition around children,
Requiring a person to be of good character (Delaware requirement)
In addition, some states allow sheriffs “may issue” rather than “shall issue” discretion when issuing a CHL. That discretion helps keep guns away from people who are known to local sheriffs as having potential problems with mental health or domestic violence. Oregon changed its CHL laws from “may issue” to “shall issue” in 1989, therefore, Oregon sheriffs no longer have that discretion.