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We work to prevent gun violence
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.
Please join us at the memorial service for Julie on Saturday morning, June 15. Call 503.220.1669 for details.
In April, the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee approved four gun safety bills: SB 700 (universal background checks), SB 347 (guns in schools), SB 699 (guns in public buildings), and SB 796 (in-person class required to obtain CHL). Ceasefire Oregon strongly supports all four bills. Please sign our petition TODAY asking the Oregon Senate to pass these four common-sense gun laws, and forward the link to your friends. Now is the time for gun law reform.
The most important bills are SB 700, which would require a background check for all gun sales except those to immediate family members (called universal background checks), and SB 347, which would permit school districts to prohibit guns in schools. Please call or email your state senator TODAY and ask him or her to support these bills. Time is running out. Tell your senator to take action today to prevent future shootings.
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These are the four bills that are sitting in the Oregon Senate Rules Committee:
- Senate Bill 700: Universal Background Checks – Closes the private sales loophole so criminals and other dangerous people can’t buy guns.
- Senate Bill 347: Gun-Free Schools – Gives school districts the authority to prohibit guns on campus.
- Senate Bill 699: Guns in Public Buildings – Ensures that citizens cannot openly carry guns in buildings where public bodies are deliberating.
- Senate Bill 796: In-Person Class for Concealed Handgun License – Requires citizens to attend an in-person class before obtaining a concealed handgun license.
Oregonians who support these bills must speak out NOW, before it's too late. Contact your state senator TODAY!
For more info on the bills, please see our Oregon legislative update here.
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: vote YES on SB 700. This is a terrific bill that we strongly support.
Securing our schools from gun violence
There have been news reports almost daily on proposals to put more guns in schools in response to the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The most outrageous call came from Wayne La Pierre of the National Riﬂe Association. Other reports describe school districts struggling to ﬁnd a way to safeguard students and reassure parents.
Guns in schools aren’t new. An estimated 25% of schools in this country already have some sort of armed police presence at least some of the time. This is the time to think clearly and act responsibly on school security.
Hundreds of people waited in line for nearly two hours Saturday to turn in handguns, rifles, ammunition and high-capacity magazines at Ceasefire Oregon’s 19th annual gun turn-in.
Organizers said nearly 485 firearms, including four assault weapons, were collected during the four-hour event at Lynwood Friends Church in Southeast Portland.
“Given the recent events at Clackamas Town Center, Newtown, Connecticut,...→ view full article
A package of four gun bills drafted after the Sandy Hook and Clackamas shootings stayed on track Friday following a marathon hearing that pitted Gov. John Kitzhaber and several victims of gun violence against a National Rifle Association lobbyist and several impassioned gun-rights activists.
After the four-hour hearing, Senate Judiciary Chairman Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, said he intends to proceed with the four bills...→ view full article
Gun control advocates, gun rights supporters rally at Capitol ahead of legislative hearings on gun bills
About 150 gun control advocates mixed it up with about 30 gun rights advocates on the Capitol steps Thursday, one day ahead of key legislative hearings on four gun control bills.
The new Oregon Alliance to Prevent Gun Violence organized Thursday's "Day of Action at the Capitol" on the 45th...→ view full article