Reduce gun violence by 30-50% in 5 years

Ceasefire Oregon and the Ceasefire Oregon Education Foundation have detailed three key strategies to achieve this goal.

  1. Require higher standards for gun ownership.
  2. Enhance accountability of federally licensed firearm dealers.
  3. Improve safety standards for guns and gun ownership.

Require higher standards for gun ownership

Recommendations for requiring higher standards for gun ownership include:

  • National universal background checks for all firearm sales1 2 3
  • Prohibition of gun ownership for 10 years if a person has multiple offenses involving misdemeanor violence, alcohol or drug abuse, domestic violence, a domestic violence restraining order or serious juvenile offense. 4 5 6
  • Secure weapons storage
  • Standardized training for concealed handgun license applicants that includes marksmanship proficiency, active shooter training, and conflict resolution

Enhance accountability of federally licensed firearm dealers

Ceasefire Oregon supports Dr. Webster’s recommendations to reduce gun violence by enhancing accountability of federally licensed firearms dealers (FFLs). The pipeline of crime guns can be stopped by:

  • Requiring security cameras, computerized sales inventory, and other anti-theft measures as are required by other purveyors of dangerous substances such as pharmacies
  • Limiting gun purchases to one gun per month to reduce trafficking and straw purchases
  • Repealing the Gekas amendment of the 1994 Brady Bill that allows FFLs to sell a gun without a background check if the check is not complete in three business days
  • Imposing a waiting period of two weeks between time of sale and possession to deter suicide and impulse shootings.

Improve safety standards for guns and gun ownership

Affordable and effective technology exists today that would improve safety standards for guns and gun ownership. This includes:

  • A microstamped code on each bullet that links it to a specific gun
  • Magazine disconnect mechanisms (MDM) that prevent a gun from loading a bullet in the chamber
  • Loaded chamber indicator (LCI or CLI) to show that bullets are still in the gun
  • “Smart guns” with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) or biometric recognition (fingerprint) capability.

Banning assault rifles like the AR 15 and high-capacity magazines that hold more than 5 rounds of ammunition will greatly reduce death and injury.

  1. Quinnpac University Poll, Sept. 17-21, 2015
  2. State Background Check Requirements and Rates of Domestic Violence Homicide.
  3. Anestis MD, Anestis JC. “Suicide Rates and State Laws Regulating Access and Exposure to Handguns.” American Journal of Public Health. 2015;105:10, 2049-2058.
  4. Sorenson SB and Webster DW. “What Works, Policies to Reduce Gun Violence. Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention and Policy,” APA Panel Of Experts Report. American Psychological Association, 2013, pg. 30.
  5. Wintemute G. “Broadening Denial Criteria. Updated Evidence and Policy Developments on Reducing Gun Violence in America.”  Editors Webster DW, Vernick JS. Baltimore, 2014. pp. 13-17. Johns Hopkins University Press.
  6. Seventy percent of gun owners and 76.1% of non-gun owners support a gun policy prohibiting a person convicted of two or more crimes involving alcohol or drugs within a three-year period from having a gun for 10 years. Barry CL, McGinty EE, Vernick JS, Webster DW. “After Newtown — Public Opinion on Gun Policy and Mental Illness.” N Engl J Med. 2013;368:1077-1081. March 21, 2013. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1300512.