Position: Neutral Status: Speaker's Desk Awaiting Referral
Ceasefire Oregon board of directors has not yet announced a position on this bill.
We are encouraged that the legislature wishes to address the issue of unsecured guns and we strongly support safe storage measures. We recommend additional measures that research shows to be effective at increasing rates of gun storage, reducing gunshot death and injury, and addressing gun trafficking. Scroll to the bottom of this page for related studies.
Introduced Jan 11, 2021
Requires owner or possessor of firearm to secure firearm with trigger or cable lock, in locked container or in gun room except in specified circumstances. Punishes violation by maximum of $500 fine. If minor obtains unsecured firearm as result of violation, punishes by maximum of $2,000 fine. Provides that person who does not secure firearm as required is strictly liable for injury to person or property within two years after violation. Specifies exceptions to liability. Requires owner or possessor of firearm to secure firearm with trigger or cable lock or in locked container when transferring firearm under circumstances requiring criminal background check, except in specified circumstances. Punishes violation by maximum of $500 fine. Provides that person who transfers firearm without securing firearm is strictly liable for injury to person or property within two years after violation. Specifies exceptions to liability. Requires person to report loss or theft of firearm within 72 hours of time person knew or reasonably should have known of loss or theft. Punishes violation of requirement by maximum of $1,000 fine. Requires person transferring firearm to minor to directly supervise minor’s use of firearm. Provides that person who does not supervise minor as required is strictly liable for injury to person or property caused by minor’s use of firearm. Authorizes person to transfer supervisory duty and liability to another person. Specifies exceptions to supervision requirement and liability. Directs Oregon Health Authority to specify by rule minimum specifications for trigger and cable locks and locked containers required by Act. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
Studies show that storage laws without criminal penalties are not effective at reducing gunshot death and injury. Ceasefire Oregon calls for escalating penalties including a felony for failure to secure a firearm. Webster and Starnes stated in Pediatrics, “…the beneficial effects of CAP laws were limited to states that allow for felony prosecution of violators.” (Pediatrics 2000;106;1466-1469). In 2018, Dr. Emma Hamilton, et al, found, “Weak CAP laws, which only impose liability for reckless endangerment, were associated with an increased risk of all pediatric firearm injuries.” Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (2018) Safe storage laws in Washington and Texas include felony penalties.