SB 781 : Shooting ranges and “stray” bullets: All rights, very few responsibilities.

Position: Oppose Status: Senate Judiciary Committee

Allows injured person to bring civil action against city or county that fails to regulate discharge of firearms on private property after having notice of dangerous condition.
Removes prohibition on local government regulation relating to certain areas designed and built for purpose of target shooting.

Update


Dead in Committee February 14, 2019: Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee Introduced on February 12, 2019 by Senator Courtney.

This bill is similar to SB 5 which was also introduced by Senator Peter Courtney. The difference is that the section from SB 5 which held shooters and shooting ranges strictly liable for injuries resulting from “stray” bullets has been removed.

With great rights come great responsibilities. Shooters and shooting ranges must be held accountable when their actions injury or kill.

SB 5:
SECTION 1. (1) A shooting range and a person discharging a firearm at a shooting range are strictly liable for injuries resulting from bullets that stray outside the boundaries of the shooting range. (2) Notwithstanding ORS 30.265 (6)(c), a person injured by a bullet that strays outside a shooting range may bring an action against the city or county with jurisdiction over the shooting range under ORS 30.260 to 30.300 if the city or county failed to regulate the shooting range when the city or county had notice of the dangerous condition of the shooting range.
SB 781:

SECTION 1. Notwithstanding ORS 30.265 (6)(c), a person injured by a bullet that strays outside of private property may bring an action against the city or county with jurisdiction over the property under ORS 30.260 to 30.300 if the city or county failed to regulate the discharge of firearms on the property as provided in ORS 166.171 or 166.172 when the city or county had notice of the dangerous condition created by discharge of firearms on the property.