We work to prevent gun violence

Congratulations and thank you!! SB 941, Expanded Background Checks, was just signed into law!
 
The Oregon House of Representatives passed SB 941 on May 4. The Oregon Senate passed it last month. And Governor Kate Brown just signed the bill into law!
 
All of us have done something remarkable and powerful. To make Oregon safer, we took on a foe that the media and many politicians said was impossible to defeat. Hundreds of you went to the Capitol and stood up to people armed with assault rifles. Many of you withstood personal harassment from the gun lobby at hearing and town halls. You stood in solidarity against nasty online attempts to intimidate our friends and colleagues.
 
Why? Because we all know that SB 941 is a reasonable and effective way to reduce gun violence and we fought for it.
 
Because of your hard work, felons and domestic abusers will no longer be able to legally buy guns in secret with impunity.
 
Because of your determination, irresponsible gun sellers will be held accountable when they enable a criminal to buy a gun.
 
Because of your compassion, fewer people who suffer from mental illness will be able to impulsively buy guns that allow them to harm themselves or others.
 
Thanks to you, the "impossible" has been done and Oregon is a safer place to live.
 
With deepest gratitude,
 
Joanne, Penny, Michael, Ceasefire Oregon and the Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation
 
SB 941, also known as the “Oregon Firearms Safety Act,” would exempt specific transfers or sales including transfers or sales:
-between spouses or domestic partners; or
-between immediate relatives including siblings, parents, children, step children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, first cousins of the transferor; or
-for certain temporary transfers; or
-involving a gun turn-in or buy-back program.
 
SB 941 also requires the Oregon State Police to notify local law enforcement when a person prohibited from buying a gun tries to do so and fails the background check. 
 
Additionally, SB 941 would help to reduce gun violence by authorizing judges to rule if people ordered to undergo outpatient treatment for mental health illnesses should be prohibited from purchasing or possessing guns during treatment.
 
Information Sheet: Background Checks to Close the Private Gun Sale Loophole

87% of Oregonians support background checks, including 83% of Oregon gun owners.1

In Oregon, background checks for gun sales are only required from a federally licensed firearms dealer or at a gun show. Oregon voters closed the gun show loophole in 2000, but an estimated 40,000 to 75,000 guns are still sold annually in Oregon without a background check through private sellers.
 
Felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill can avoid the background check system by going to private sellers, no questions asked. 
 
Exempt family members include parents, children, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
 
Background checks would not be required for temporary transfer. (For example, if a gun were lent for hunting for a short time.)
 
The private gun sale loophole is one reason why Oregon is one of 14 states where gun deaths now outnumber car fatalities.2
 
Taking the responsible step of requiring background checks for private gun sales is the most effective way to reduce gun violence.
 
In states that require comprehensive background checks:
-48% fewer on-duty police officers are shot and killed, and
-46% fewer women are shot and killed by their intimate partners.3
 
Background checks are simple and effective. During 2013 alone, Oregon's background check system prevented 2,215 prohibited persons from purchasing guns from licensed dealers and at gun shows (Oregon State Police data).
 
Background checks save lives. Let's close the private sale loophole now.
 
 

NO on SB 86

Dodging bullets in our forests? Shooting ranges next to your farm? Not in our Oregon!

SB 86 completely disregards common sense and public safety by creating a special loophole for people who want to have shooting ranges in land already zoned for farm or forest use. That means Oregonians who live on farms or near forest zones could suddenly be neighbors with a firing range that hosts shooting matches. A bullet from a .22 caliber gun can travel up to one mile. A bullet from a .30-06 can travel up to 3 miles. SB 86 is a dangerous bill. Call your legislators (find them here) and Senator Floyd Prozanski at 503-986-1704. Ask them to vote NO on SB 86.

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Statement from Ceasefire Oregon about the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber

We at Ceasefire Oregon and the Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation are saddened by the this news of Governor John Kitzhaber's resignation. For many years, Governor Kitzhaber has been committed to gun violence prevention in Oregon. He helped draw attention to the Asking Saves Kids Campaign by proclaiming June 21, 2014 "ASK Day" in Oregon and championed expanded background checks for firearm sales.

In February 2014, Governor Kitzhaber joined Capt. Mark Kelly to testify in support of SB 1551 which would have closed the private sale loophole in firearms background checks. Gov. Kitzhaber said the bill is "a reasonable step that shows Oregon is being serious" about reducing gun violence by preventing felons and domestic abusers from buying guns. We are grateful to Governor Kitzhaber for his commitment to reducing gun violence and we wish him well.

Ceasefire Oregon will continue to work with the Oregon legislature and we look forward to working with Kate Brown as she becomes our new governor. Working together, we know we can reduce gun violence in Oregon.

Joanne Skirving, President, Ceasefire Oregon 

Penny Okamoto, Executive Director, Ceasefire Oregon

Julie Wheeler, President, Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation

The legislative session has begun! Bills aiming at reducing gun violence will soon be introduced. Ceasefire Oregon is currently working to mobilize support for these proposals. Stay tuned for more news. 

Cease Violence: A second anniversary memorial of the Clackamas Town Center and Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings to remember all victims of violence.

Thank you for joning us on Friday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, 2710 NE 14th Ave., in Portland to honor all victims of violence, including those lost at Clackamas Town Center, Sandy Hook Elemenatry School, Reynolds High School, or through domestic violence, gang violence or suicide. And thank you to the scheduled speakers, Gary Spanovich of the Wholistic Peace Institute, Jenna Yuille whose mother, Cindy, died at Clackamas Town Center, and Pastor Mark Knutson.

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Oregon voters delivered an emphatic message to our legislators last week: Oregonians want to end gun violence! We demand common sense gun laws and we will vote out legislators who refuse to take simple steps to keep guns away from criminals.

You helped create a huge victory for gun violence prevention in Oregon! Thank you! Thousands of you stood up to the gun lobby and paved the way for Oregon to pass a strong background checks bill in 2015. Read about the victories in our blog.

Ceasefire Oregon and the Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation extend our deepest sympathies to the community of Marysville-Pilchuck High School and the families whose children have been killed or injured. The loss faced by the families and communities is horrific. The weapon used was believed to have been a Beretta .40-caliber handgun purchased by the shooter's father. (CNN, Oct. 24, 2014) Responsible gun owners must keep their weapons under control at all times and not accessible to teenagers. If you decide to purchase a weapon consider the home, the family and the community into which you are bringing a gun. Keep guns locked up and unloaded with the ammunition stored separately. Do it for your community and your family.

Ceasefire Oregon is currently working to elect candidates who support background checks and other common-sense gun laws. Interested in volunteering? Please email ceasefireoregon@gmail.com or email Michael DeLong at michael.ceasefireoregon@gmail.com.

James Brady passed away on August 4, 2014, at the age of 73. He was the man behind the Brady Handgun Bill to Prevent Gun Violence, which blocked an estimated 2 million gun sales to criminals, domestic abusers, and other dangerous people. After he was wounded during an assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan, Jim Brady and his wife worked to pass stronger gun laws and reduce gun violence. They saved countless lives through their courage and determination. Ceasefire Oregon and countless other gun violence prevention advocates mourn the loss of a true American hero. 

Governor John Kitzhaber issued a proclamation designating June 21st, 2014 as Asking Saves Kids Day, and encouraged all Oregonians to join in this observance. The ASK Campaign encourages parents to ask "Is there is an unlocked gun in your house?" before sending their child over to play. Asking this question is a simple step that every parent can take to keep their child safe, and possible save their child's life. 

In America today, shootings happen so frequently that usually only mass shootings gain attention. Sadly, in addition to these horrifying acts, gang violence is common. And that doesn't even touch the numbers of suicide by gunshot. Over 300 people in Oregon committ suicide with guns every year. 

Gun violence is a huge issue and we need more than just one solution. Just like cancer has many causes and requires many different treatments, gun violence has many roots and requires many different tactics. One tactic would be requiring background checks for all gun sales in America. Another would be increased support for mental health treatment. 

In the Seattle Pacific shooting, as in many mass shootings, the killing is ended when the murderer stops to reload and heroes have a chance to tackle the shooter. It's one reason why Ceasefire Oregon has worked to limit the number of bullets allowed in gun magazines. 

Does it work? When Adam Lanza took 11 seconds to reload at Sandy Hook, 11 kids escaped. Yes, it works. But it's not enough. We need to stop these murder rampages before they begin. 

 

Three Beverly Cleary students have won second place in the middle school category in the national 2014 C-SPAN Student Cam documentary contest for their film "Gun Control in America." Contestants were asked what issue they thought was the most important facing Congress in 2014.

These students decided to address gun violence in America. Their seven minute film includes interviews with Representative Earl Blumenauer and a Ceasefire Oregon volunteer.

President Obama has nominated Dr. Vivek Murthy, a distinguished and well-qualified doctor, to be the next Surgeon General. However, his nomination is being opposed by the National Rifle Association. The reason? Dr. Murthy supports effective gun laws and views gun violence as a public health issue that can and should be addressed immediately. 

The New England Journal of Medicine ran an excellent editorial supporting his nomination. Please contact Senator Ron Wyden and Senator Jeff Merkley and urge them to support Dr. Murthy! 

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. 

The 2014 Oregon Legislature did nothing to prevent gun violence. SB 1551, which would have required background checks on almost all gun sales in Oregon, did not come up for a vote and died in the Senate Rules Committee. The lack of a vote was despite promises made to Rules Committee Chair Senator Floyd Prozanski that SB 1551 would receive a vote. 

We ask Oregonians to hold their legislators accountable for not enacting laws that will reduce gun violence. We demand that our legislators stand up for the lives of Oregonians. 

Ceasefire Oregon will continue to work to pass common-sense gun safety laws and educate the public about the effectiveness of laws including universal background checks and child access prevention. 

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/

A different blog, www.kidshootings.blogspot.com, reports shootings involving kids. Reports of shootings in Oregon are collected at https://www.facebook.com/oregonshootings.

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.

 

 

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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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  • October 2014

    Oregon has some laws restricting access to firearms by domestic abusers. Much more
    can be done to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous persons, including convicted
    domestic abusers, stalkers, and persons subject to domestic violence protective orders.

    Oregon is home to a staggering amount of gun violence.
    • From 2002 to 2011, 4,007 people were killed with guns in Oregon. That is more than
    the number of all U.S. combat deaths in the Iraq...

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  • October 2014

    Oregon has some laws restricting access to firearms by domestic abusers. Much more
    can be done to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous persons, including convicted
    domestic abusers, stalkers, and persons subject to domestic violence protective orders.

    Oregon is home to a staggering amount of gun violence.
    • From 2002 to 2011, 4,007 people were killed with guns in Oregon. That is more than
    the number of all U.S. combat deaths in the Iraq...

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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.

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