Legislation

Current Legislation


HR 1705 National

Senate Background Checks for Ammunition Sales – Jaime’s Law

To prevent the purchase of ammunition by prohibited purchasers. The bill is named for Jaime Guttenberg who was fatally shot during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

Position: Support

Status: House Judiciary Committee


S 1924 National

House Background Checks for Ammunition Sales – Jaime’s Law

To prevent the purchase of ammunition by prohibited purchasers. The bill is named for Jaime Guttenberg who was fatally shot during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre.

Position: Support

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee


S 66 National

Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 (Senate)

S 66 creates a crime of knowingly importing, selling, manufacturing, transferring, or possessing a semiautomatic assault weapon (SAW) or large capacity ammunition feeding device (LCAFD).

People who owned covered firearms and LCAFDs be allowed to have these products "grandfathered" and can keep the items but must securely store the LCAFDs and firearms. Grandfathered LCAFDs and firearms may not be sold or transferred (exceptions exist).

The prohibition does not apply to a firearm that is (1) manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action; (2) permanently inoperable; (3) an antique; or (4) a rifle or shotgun specifically identified by make and model.

The bill also exempts for certain law enforcement work, authorized tests or experiments, retired law enforcement officers, and work related to securing nuclear materials.

Newly manufactured LCAFDs must display serial number identification. Newly manufactured SAWs and LCAFDs must display the date of manufacture.

The bill requires law enforcement agencies to be notified when a prohibited person attempts to purchase a grandfathered SAW.

It also allows a state or local government to use Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program funds to compensate individuals who surrender a SAW or LCAFD under a buy-back program.

Position: Support

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee


HR 1296 National

Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 (House)

HR 1296 creates a crime of knowingly importing, selling, manufacturing, transferring, or possessing a semiautomatic assault weapon (SAW) or large capacity ammunition feeding device (LCAFD).

People who owned covered firearms and LCAFDs be allowed to have these products "grandfathered" and can keep the items but must securely store the LCAFDs and firearms. Grandfathered LCAFDs and firearms may not be sold or transferred (exceptions exist).

The prohibition does not apply to a firearm that is (1) manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action; (2) permanently inoperable; (3) an antique; or (4) a rifle or shotgun specifically identified by make and model.

The bill also exempts for certain law enforcement work, authorized tests or experiments, retired law enforcement officers, and work related to securing nuclear materials.

Newly manufactured LCAFDs must display serial number identification. Newly manufactured SAWs and LCAFDs must display the date of manufacture.

The bill requires law enforcement agencies to be notified when a prohibited person attempts to purchase a grandfathered SAW.

It also allows a state or local government to use Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program funds to compensate individuals who surrender a SAW or LCAFD under a buy-back program.

Position: Support

Status: House Judiciary Committee


HR 1236 National

National Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019

H.R.1236 would make grants available to state governments that have enacted extreme risk laws to help provide critical funding for implementation, allowing the law to be enforced at its highest potential. This bill provides minimum standards that state-level extreme risk laws must meet in order to be eligible for grant funding while providing enough flexibility for states that do not mirror or that may exceed those standards to remain eligible -- allowing the largest number of states to be eligible for funding.

S 506 is the Senate companion bill.

Position: Support

Status: House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security


HR 3234 National

Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act of 2019 – House Bill

A bill to ensure greater accountability by licensed firearms dealers.

Position: Support

Status: House Judiciary, Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee


S 1795 National

Keeping Gun Dealers Honest Act of 2019 – Senate

A bill to ensure greater accountability by licensed firearms dealers.

Position: Support

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee


HR 8 National

Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019

The purpose of this Act is to utilize the current background checks process in the United States to ensure individuals prohibited from gun possession are not able to obtain firearms.

232 cosponsors (227 D, 5 R)
Oregon cosponsors are Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Congressmen Blumenauer, DeFazio, and Schrader but not Congressman Walden.

Position: Support

Status: House Judiciary Committee


IP 8 Oregon

Common Firearms Act AKA Common Mass Shootings Act

The Oregon gun lobby wants to take away YOUR voice to demand laws to reduce gun violence, and they want to take away Oregon legislator's right to do so as well.

IP 8 would put an end to firearm safety legislation in Oregon including bills passed by our Oregon legislators and initiative petitions. In addition, the gun lobby wants to be sure that weapons of war like AR15s and AK 47s are readily available for the mass shootings that are now common place in America.

Position: Oppose

Status: Attempting to collect 149,360 signatures


HR 2345 National

National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018

Became Public Law No: 115-233 on August 14, 2018.

This law requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to coordinate with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and to consult with the Department of Veterans Affairs to examine: (1) the feasibility of designating a three-digit dialing code for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system; and (2) the effectiveness of the current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK), including how well it addresses the needs of veterans.

The FCC must submit to Congress a recommended dialing code, a cost-benefit analysis comparing the three-digit code to the current lifeline number, and cost estimates for service providers, states, and localities.

On July 23, 2018, Section 4 was added to the bill. The section states, "No additional funds are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act. This Act shall be carried out using amounts otherwise authorized."

Position: Support

Status: Senate


Firearm Export National

Federal Firearm Export Rule Change

Under the export rules change, American-made guns, including semi-automatics like AR-15s, could easily find their way into the hands of criminals and terrorists overseas.

The Torres Amendment of the NDAA blocks the rule change and is supported by Ceasefire Oregon.

Here are the specifics about what the proposed export rules change would do:

-Eliminate Congressional oversight for important gun export deals.
-Transfer the cost of processing licenses from gun manufacturers to taxpayers.
-Enable unchecked gun production in the U.S. and exports abroad by removing the block on 3D printing of firearms.
-Reduce transparency and reporting on gun exports.
-Transfer gun export licensing from an agency with a mission to promote stability, human rights, and reduce conflict to an agency with a mission to promote trade and which lacks the resources to adequately enforce export controls.

Position: Oppose

Status: The Act is on hold by Congressman Menendez but same language is now Amdt 512 of HR 2500

Previous Legislation



SB 576 Oregon

Kaylee’s Law: Higher Standards and Increased Accountability for Oregon College Security Services

Provides professional standards for community college and university security teams. Ensures that individuals can only be arrested or detained under appropriate circumstances and are not subject to "stop and frisk" actions other than by actual police officers. Provides guidance on outward appearance of non-police uniforms and vehicles from those of certified law enforcement agencies so individuals can know if they are dealing with actual police officers.

Position: Support

Status: Enacted into law and effective May 24, 2019





SB 978 Oregon

Omnibus Gun Violence Prevention Bill 2019

SB 978 stops hate groups and terrorists from printing guns that are undetectable and untraceable.

SB 978 gives public schools and major airports the right to make security decisions about prohibiting loaded, hidden guns in classrooms and terminals.

SB 978 stops the pipeline of unsecured guns to criminals by requiring gun owners to secure their firearms when not in use.

Please call these Oregon Senators now to tell them to SUPPORT SB 978!
Senator Arnie Roblan: 503-986-1705
Senator Ginny Burdick: 503-986-1700
Senator Michael Dembrow: 503-986-1723

SB 978-5 is an omnibus bill that will regulate undetectable, untraceable, and downloadable guns (often referred to as "ghost guns"); hold strictly liable gun owners who do not secure firearms; require reporting of lost or stolen guns to crack down on gun traffickers; and allow cities, counties, school districts, airports, and other public buildings to not permit concealed handgun license holders to carry firearms into those buildings or areas.

Position: Support

Status: July 1, 2019: End of session, bill was not passed


SB 925 Oregon

Allows regulation of locations permitting concealed handgun license holders to carry hidden guns

City, county, metropolitan service districts, ports, school districts, colleges, or universities are authorized to regulate or prohibit possession of firearms in public buildings by concealed handgun license holders.

Ceasefire Oregon hopes this means no more civilians carrying loaded AR 15s will be allowed in the Oregon Capitol Building.

Position: Support

Status: July 1, 2019: End of session, bill was not passed























HB 2251 Oregon

Governor Kate Brown’s Omnibus Bill

Prohibits transfer of handgun or assault rifle (defined) to someone under 21 years of age.

Expands Charleston Loophole from 3 days to 30 days before firearm may be transferred without a background check.

Person subject to a protective order (like an ERPO) who fails to attend hearing will be prohibited from possessing firearms.

Requires courts to order firearms to be relinquished for people convicted of certain domestic violence offenses.

Requires hospitals to provide data about patients with firearm injuries to the Oregon Health Authority.

Child Access Prevention Law: Creates crime of endangering a minor by allowing access to a firearm.

Position: Support

Status: Failed to pass out of House Judiciary Committee







SB 5 Oregon

Shooting Ranges and Shooters Strictly Liable for Shooting Injuries Outside of Boundaries of Gun Range

Makes shooting range and person discharging firearm at shooting range strictly liable for injuries resulting from bullets that stray outside boundaries of shooting range.
Allows injured person to bring civil action against city or county that fails to regulate shooting range after having notice of dangerous condition. Removes prohibition on local government regulation relating to shooting ranges.

Position: Support

Status: July 1, 2019: End of session, bill was not passed



HR 2591 National

NRA’s “Money for Nothing and Ads For Free” Bill aka Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund

This bill is "The NRA's Money For Nothing & Ads For Free" bill.

The first section of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 669) is amended by adding at the end the following: “One of the purposes of this Act is to provide financial and technical assistance to the States for the promotion of hunting and recreational shooting.”.

Position: Oppose

Status: Inactive



HR 6649 National

3D Printed Gun Safety Act of 2018

To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the publication of 3D printer plans for the printing of firearms, and for other purposes.

On June 7, 2013, an assailant used a gun he had constructed by himself to kill his father, brother, and 3 other people at Santa Monica College in California. The person had failed a background check when he tried to purchase a gun from a licensed gun dealer. The gun he used was made from an unfinished AR–15-style receiver, similar to a receiver that can now be made with a 3D printer.

Position: Support

Status: Inactive





IP 43 Oregon

The Campaign to Stop the Sale and Transfer of Assault Rifles

The IP 43 campaign, Lift Every Voice Oregon, will refile for the 2020 ballot and will also work to pass a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines in the 2019 legislative session.

Rather than allow Oregonians to determine their own fate, the National Rifle Association has put gun profits over the lives and the will of Oregonians. They know that Oregonians overwhelmingly support a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Position: Support

Status: We are writing a ballot initiative for 2020





HB 4145 Oregon

Gov. Brown’s 2018 Gun Violence Prevention Bill

HB 4145, Governor Kate Brown's Gun Violence Prevention bill passed the House and Senate and was signed into law on March 5.

HB 4145 will prohibit convicted stalkers (not just suspected, but convicted) from purchasing or possessing firearms. In addition, the bill will expand the definition of "intimate partner" in connection to domestic violence and mandate that law enforcement agencies report conviction to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Position: Support

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary






HR 4434 National

Fix NICS Act of 2017

Identical language to this bill was added to the 2018 Omnibus bill which passed on March 22, 2108. It is now law.

This bipartisan gun violence prevention bill is intended to improve the efficacy of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Currently, NICS is missing records that would prevent dangerous individuals from accessing firearms. Polls show the vast majority of Americans support legislation to improve NICS.

This bill is identical to S 2135.

Position: Support

Status: Died in a previous Congress



S 2135 National

Fix NICS: Enforce current law regarding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Language identical to this bill was added to the 2018 Omnibus bill which was passed on March 22, 2018. It is now law.

This bipartisan gun violence prevention bill is intended to improve the efficacy of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Currently, NICS is missing records that would prevent dangerous individuals from accessing firearms. Polls show the vast majority of Americans support legislation to improve NICS.

Position: Support

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary




















HR 3668 National

SHARE Act

This bill has been put on a back burner but could become active. Call your Oregon legislators NOW and tell them to vote NO on HR 3668, the "SHARE" Act.

Oregon Federal Legislators:

Senator Ron Wyden: (503) 326-7525
Senator Jeff Merkley: (503) 326-3386
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici: (503) 469-6010
Rep. Greg Walden: (541) 389-4408
Rep. Earl Blumenauer: (503) 231-2300
Rep. Peter DeFazio: (541) 465-6732
Rep. Kurt Schrader: (503) 557-1324

SHARE (Sportsmen’s Heritage And Recreational Enhancement Act) is a tribute to the amount of money the National Rifle Association gave to the Trump election campaign.

SHARE was scheduled for a hearing on October 3, 2017 but was put on hold until early 2018 because of the Las Vegas massacre on October 1, 2017.

Position: Oppose

Status: Died in a previous Congress




HR 3361 National

SECURE Firearm Storage Act

According to the ATF, more than 18,000 firearms were reported lost or stolen from FFLs in 2016 alone. This represents a more than 20% increase over the nearly 15,000 firearms reported lost or stolen in 2015.

HR 3361 proposes strong, effective laws to address the issue of firearm theft from federally licensed firearms dealers (called FFLs). This bill would require federally licensed firearms importers, manufacturers, and dealers to meet certain requirements with respect to securing their firearms inventory, business records, and business premises.

Position: Support

Status: Died in a previous Congress


S 593 National

Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act

This bill amends the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to facilitate the construction and expansion of public target ranges by: (1) authorizing a state to pay up to 90% of the costs of acquiring land for, expanding, or constructing a public target range; (2) authorizing a state to elect to allocate 10% of a specified amount apportioned to it from the federal aid to wildlife restoration fund for those costs; (3) limiting the federal share of those costs under such Act to 90%; and (4) requiring amounts provided for those costs under such Act to remain available for expenditure and obligation for five fiscal years.

Position: Oppose

Status: Died in a previous Congress














SB 923 Oregon

Permitting concealed carry for certain people without training or licensing

This bill is no longer active.

A person protected by a stalking protective order, a restraining order or any other court order prohibiting another person from contacting the person, may carry a concealed gun if that person has a pending application for a concealed handgun license or has a scheduled appointment to submit an application for a concealed handgun license.

Position: Oppose

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary


SB 903 Oregon

Fingerprint Alternative, Electronic Background Checks, Authorizes Use of BATFE Form

This bill is no longer active.

Requires gun dealer to substitute alternative fingerprint for criminal background check if firearm purchaser is unable to provide thumbprint.

Authorizes Department of State Police to accept requests and provide results for firearm transfer criminal background checks electronically.

Authorizes department to accept transaction record form issued by federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that includes thumbprint in lieu of firearms transaction thumbprint form

Position: Neutral

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary


SB 902 Oregon

Altering firearm transfer register requirements

This bill is no longer active.

Authorizes local law enforcement authority to issue written waiver, within authority's jurisdiction, of requirement that person engaged in business of selling, leasing or otherwise transferring firearm provide duplicate sheet of register of transfer of used firearm to local law enforcement authority.

Requires person to retain copy of waiver. Authorizes local law enforcement authority to accept copy of firearms transaction record form in lieu of duplicate sheet of register.

Position: Oppose

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary




SB 862 Oregon

Law enforcement must notify respondent when firearms are returned to petitioner

This bill is no longer active.

Requires law enforcement agency that takes custody of firearms under firearms surrender protocol to establish procedures to notify certain individuals of law enforcement agency's anticipated return of firearm.

Chief Sponsors: Senator Gelser, Monnes Anderson
Regular Sponsors: Senator Manning Jr, Olsen, Roblan, Winters

Position: Support

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary


SB 854 Oregon

Expanding exemptions for background checks

This bill is no longer active.

A person is exempt from firearm background checks if the person is a participant in the Address Confidentiality Program, or is protected by a stalking protection order, or a restraining order, or has an Oregon driver license bearing a "Continuous Traveler" residence address.

Chief Sponsors: Senator Olsen, Baertschiger Jr
Regular Sponsors: Senator Knopp, Linthicum, Thatcher

Position: Oppose

Status: Referral to President's desk





SB 804 Oregon

Allows temporary transfer of firearm without a background check for certain activities related to hunting, trapping, target shooting

This bill is no longer active.

Modifies definition of "transfer" for purposes of private firearm transfer criminal background check requirement.

Excludes from definition temporary provision of firearm for purposes of hunting, trapping or target shooting while transferee is preparing to engage in, or in process of completing, activities related to hunting, trapping or target shooting.

Position: Oppose

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary


S.J.Res.14 National

Social Security Administration may NOT report mentally impaired beneficiaries to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)

S.J.Res.14 - A bill to repeal a rule enacted by the Obama Administration that requires the Social Security Administration to report mentally impaired beneficiaries who are incapable of managing their own financial affairs to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NIC) and prohibits them from purchasing firearms.

Position: Oppose

Status: Senate Finance Committee in Washington, D.C.




FRMA Oregon

SB 764: This bill is now SB 1065

FRMA (was SB 764): New amendments include required CHL applicants to fire at least 25 bullets before receiving a CHL. Ceasefire Oregon urges legislators to include marksmanship and conflict de-escalation training.

Directs Department of State Police to study reasons for certain denials of concealed handgun license applications and report results to interim committees of Legislative Assembly related to judiciary on or before February 1, 2019.

Sunsets January 2, 2020.

Position: Support

Status: This bill is now SB 1065


SB 655 Oregon

Forced mandated concealed carry

Directs Department of State Police to create and maintain list of states in which requirements to obtain concealed handgun license or permit are substantially similar to requirements in Oregon.

Provides person licensed to carry concealed handgun in another state with protections provided to person with Oregon concealed handgun license if other state has requirements for obtaining license that are substantially similar to Oregon's requirements. Authorizes Superintendent of State Police to enter into agreement with concealed handgun license issuing authority of other state if agreement is necessary for license reciprocity.

Position: Oppose

Status: Senate Committee On Judiciary



SB 669 Oregon

No firearm background checks for CHL holders; removes OSP from background check process

SB 669 weakens Oregon's strong firearm background check law. People who have a concealed handgun license (CHL) would not be required to undergo a background check before purchasing a gun. Oregon CHLs are renewed every 4 years which means a prohibited purchaser could buy guns with no questions asked for 4 years. Oregon has more has 200,000 CHL holders.

Removing the Oregon State Police as the point of contact (POC) for firearm background checks endangers Oregonians by removing a layer of checks and data from the background check process.

From the bill:
Exempts certain transferors of firearms from requesting criminal background check if purchaser or recipient has concealed handgun license.
Requires county sheriff to request that Department of State Police perform criminal background check with National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Requires sheriff to obtain certain information from noncitizen applicants before issuing concealed handgun license.

Position: Oppose

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary






HB 2840 Oregon

Tax credits for firearm background check fees and associated travel

Creates credit against personal income tax for cost of criminal history record check required by state law for transfer of firearm.
Creates subtraction from taxable income for mileage for travel associated with criminal history record check. Applies to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, and before January 1, 2027. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.

HB 2840 could set an interesting precedent for tax credits. Will Oregonians receive credits for Vehicle Emissions Tests at DEQ? For travel to and from the DEQ?

Position: Oppose

Status: House Committee On Revenue


HJR 13 Oregon

Proposing amendment to Oregon Constitution relating to firearms.

Hearing scheduled for April 17, 1 PM, Hearing Room 50.

Ceasefire Oregon opposes this bill because it does not provide necessary constitutional protections to people.

The amendment proposed by this resolution shall be submitted to the people for their approval or rejection at the next regular general election held throughout this state.

The -1 amendment to this bill changes the wording to: "A law authorizing a police officer to, after stopping a person in a manner authorized by this Constitution and the laws of this state, ask the person if the person is in possession of a firearm is not a law violating the right of the people against unreasonable search or seizure as described in subsection (1) of this section."

Position: Oppose

Status: Referred to Judiciary with subsequent referral to Rules.


















HR 38 National

Federally Mandated Concealed Carry

The House, including Congressmen Schrader and Walden, voted December 6, 2017 to pass HR 38, Concealed Carry. This bill will endanger law enforcement, private citizens, and allow people who have been convicted of violent misdemeanors carry hidden, concealed guns in all states.

Bills have been introduced in both the House and Senate (H.R. 38; S.B. 446) that would mandate “concealed carry reciprocity.” This means that each state would be required to honor a concealed carry permit issued by another state.

Currently, each state has its own rules about which carry permits, if any, from other states it will honor. But under concealed carry reciprocity, for example, Maryland – a state with broad discretion in granting permits – would be required to honor a permit granted by the state of Utah – a state which grants permits without discretion, even to out of state residents.

Maryland would then have to allow the Utah permit holder to carry a concealed firearm everywhere within Maryland that a local permit holder may carry.

In addition, 12 states are permitless carry states. That means untrained residents from those states who may legally possess firearms in their state could legally carry concealed firearms – without obtaining a permit – even in the other 38 states that normally require permits.

Oregon law does not require a concealed carry applicant to even touch a gun before obtaining a permit to carry a loaded, hidden gun. While some counties require hands-on training, Oregon law does not.

Over 200,000 Oregonians currently hold concealed handgun licenses and are permitted to carry loaded, hidden guns into sensitive places including public schools, graded K through 12.

Reciprocity is similar to allowing people who have never even been in a car to have drivers licenses and forcing other states to honor those licenses. Oregon state law does not require an applicant for a concealed handgun license (CHL) to even touch a gun to obtain a CHL. (Some Oregon counties do require CHL applicants to shoot a firearm before granting a CHL but Oregon state law does not.)

HR 38 does not require high standards for carrying concealed guns. We are all at higher risk of gunshot injury when untrained people carry guns.

Position: Oppose

Status: Died in a previous Congress



SB 66 Oregon

Passed! Psychiatric Security Review Board: Persons prohibited from possessing or purchasing guns

Requires court to notify person found guilty except for insanity of sex crime of obligation to report as sex offender.

Requires court to notify person found to be person with mental illness when state or federal law prohibits person from purchasing or possessing firearm unless person obtains relief from prohibition.

Requires court to notify person determined to lack fitness to proceed that federal law prohibits person from purchasing or possessing firearm unless person obtains relief from prohibition.

Position: Support

Status: House Committee On Judiciary


HB 2617 Oregon

Expands CHL from 4 to 5 years, expands disqualifications

Ceasefire Oregon opposes expanding the length of time that concealed handgun license (CHL) is valid (from 4 to 5 years). Increasing the amount of time for another verification of eligibility by 1 year (25%) does not protect Oregonians.

Modifies requirements for and disqualifications from obtaining concealed handgun license.
-Expands disqualifications for a concealed handgun license to convictions in another state.
-Increases portion of fee for issuance or renewal of license from $50 to $85.
-Increases length of time that concealed handgun license is valid (from 4 to 5 years).

Position: Neutral

Status: House Committee On Judiciary



HB 2172 Oregon

Mandates private businesses display signs permitting guns on premises

Requires person that engages in business in this state, on premises onto which person permits members of public to enter, to post in prominent location outside entry to premises sign that states person's policy with respect to permitting individuals who have license to carry concealed handgun to carry firearm onto premises.

Ceasefire Oregon believes many businesses are happy to tell the public that guns are not welcome on their premises. We are surprised, however, that Republicans are willing to mandate private businesses place signs on their doors.

Position: Neutral

Status: House Committee On Judiciary


HB 2127 Oregon

Forced Mandated Concealed Carry (Reciprocity)

Directs Department of Justice to create and maintain list of states that recognize Oregon concealed handgun licenses and require handgun competency to obtain concealed handgun license that is similar to competency required in Oregon. Authorizes Attorney General to enter into agreement with concealed handgun license issuing authority of other state if agreement is necessary for license reciprocity. Provides person who is not resident of Oregon, who is not otherwise prohibited from possessing firearm and who is licensed to carry concealed handgun in another state with protections provided to person with Oregon concealed handgun license, if other state is on department’s list of states.

Position: Oppose

Status: Referred to Judiciary with subsequent referral to Ways and Means.


HB 2126 Oregon

Repeal SB 941 and Deny Trace Data to Law Enforcement

Repeals requirement that person engaged in business of selling, leasing or otherwise transferring firearms record in register purchase or acceptance in trade of used firearm and provide copy of record to law enforcement agency.

The primary intent of this bill is to repeal SB 941, the Oregon Firearm Safety Act which requires background checks for almost all firearm sales. An unintended consequence could be to prevent law enforcement from receiving trace data concerning guns used in crimes.

Position: Oppose

Status: House Committee on Judiciary






HB 2237 Oregon

Firearm Safety Package

-This bill is the House version of SB 797 which is currently awaiting a new bill number in the Senate Rules Committee.
-Closes Charleston Loophole: Prohibits transfer of firearm by gun dealer or private party if Department of State Police is unable to determine whether recipient is qualified to receive firearm.
-Changes relationship status requirement from “intimate partner” to “family or household member:” Modifies definition of relationship status pertaining to types of court orders and misdemeanor convictions that cause person to be prohibited from possessing firearms.
-Prohibits purchase/possession of guns by those convicted of stalking: Provides that conviction for stalking causes person to be prohibited from possessing firearm unless person obtains relief from prohibition.

Position: Support

Status: House Committee On Judiciary



HR 367 National

Deadly Silence Act/Hearing Protection Act

Currently, firearm silencers (called suppressor by the industry) are regulated under the National Firearms Act (NFA) which also regulates the sale and possession of automatic rifles. (Yes, people still own fully automatic rifles even though they are heavily regulated.)

The Deadly Silence Act will allow gunfire suppressors to be deregulated and be sold to the public without regard to the dangers posed by silencers.

The Boston Globe reported on July 16, 2017, that "the National Hearing Conservation Association recently declared that silencers provide inadequate protection against hearing loss — recommending ear plugs or other protection even when silencers are in use." (http://bit.ly/2v7KXvt)

History on HR 367 from the American Suppressor Association: "In 2011, the American Suppressor Association formed with one primary goal in mind: remove suppressors from the purview of the National Firearms Act. For years, we have quietly worked behind the scenes in Washington, D.C. to set the stage for [the] Hearing Protection Act..." http://americansuppressorassociation.com/hearing-protection-act/

From The Boston Globe:
"Lifting the restrictions on sales, says Robert Spitzer, a political science professor at the State University of New York at Cortland and author of five books on gun policy, is really about boosting the fortunes of the gun industry.

'A lot of money is made in the gun industry from accessories,' he says. 'This is especially true of the popular AR-15-like weapons — assault-type weapons — which are sometimes referred to as ‘Barbie dolls for men.’

"The sound of gunfire, Spitzer says, is actually an important safety feature. Joggers running in the woods or pedestrians walking city streets should be able to hear gunshots clearly so they can avoid danger."

The American Suppressor Association (ASA) claims they only want to protect the hearing of gun enthusiasts. (Ceasefire Oregon suggests ear muffs which are inexpensive and effective.) The ASA professes to be concerned about the "tender ears of young shooters." Too bad they are not concerned about the tender bodies of young gunshot victims.

Position: Oppose

Status: Died in a previous Congress


H.R. 1076 National

Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015

Amends the federal criminal code to grant the Attorney General the authority to deny the transfer of firearms or the issuance of a federal firearms and explosives license to any individual if the Attorney General: (1) determines that such individual has been engaged in or has provided material support or resources for terrorist activities, and (2) has a reasonable belief that such individual may use a firearm or explosive in connection with terrorism. Allows any individual whose firearm or explosives license application has been denied to bring legal action challenging the denial.

Prohibits the sale or distribution of firearms or explosives to any individual whom the Attorney General has determined to be engaged in terrorist activities.

Position: Support

Status: In House


H.R. 3411 National

Fix Gun Checks Act of 2015 (HR 3411/S 2934)

• Expands Brady background checks to all gun sales to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people like felons, fugitives and domestic abusers.
• Improves reporting of prohibited purchasers to the National Instant Check System (NICS).
• Requires federal agencies to certify that they have provided appropriate records to NICS.
• Incorporates and expands regulation about people determined to be adjudicated mentally ill.
• Requires gun owners to report their lost or stolen firearm(s) within 48 hours.

Information provided by the Brady Campaign.

Position: Support

Status: H.R. 3411 is In the House, S. 2934 is in the Senate



Amdt. 4751 National

The Grassley Background Check Amendment

Amdt. 4751 to the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill (S.2837) filed by Sen. Charles Grassley. Senator Grassley’s amendment would repeal longstanding law and make it legal for people with dangerous mental illnesses to buy guns. Specifically, this proposal would allow people who have been involuntarily committed due to severe mental illness to buy a gun immediately after leaving a psychiatric hospital and enable veterans who suffer from severe mental illness, and who are at risk of suicide, to legally buy guns. Furthermore, it would invalidate hundreds of thousands of mental health records already in the background check system.

Position: Oppose

Status: Failed to pass a vote at 2:30 PM PDT, June 20, 2016. Nay: 53; Yea: 47



S. 4269 National

Assault Weapons Ban

Introduced by Congressman David N. Cicilline in 2015, the Assault Weapons Ban will prohibit the sale, transfer, production and importation of new military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Specifically, it prohibits:
-Semi-automatic rifles and handguns with a military-style feature that can accept a detachable magazine;
-Semi-automatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds;
-Semi-automatic shotguns with a military-style feature;
-Any ammunition feeding device that can hold more than 10 rounds;
-And 157 specifically-named and listed firearms.

In addition the bill extends the period for law enforcement to complete a background check from 3 days to 14 days.

Position: Support

Status: In the Senate


Amdt. 4720 National

Close the Terror Gap

The Feinstein Amendment 4720 prevents known or suspected terrorists from buying guns and ensures that DOJ/FBI would have been notified of the Orlando shooter's attempted purchase.

Specifically, the Feinstein Amendment 4720 gives the Attorney General the ability to deny a gun transfer to a known or suspected terrorist:
-based on the totality of the circumstances;
-where the transferee represents a threat to public safety, and
-there is a reasonable suspicion that the transferee is or has been engaged in terrorist activity.

In addition, Amendment 4720 provides a due process appeal consistent with remedial procedures for gun denials and allows the Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop procedures to protect classified information.

The Amendment also requires the Attorney General to establish procedures to ensure the Attorney General (or designee) is notified when a person investigated within the past five years for terrorism attempts a gun purchase. This would ensure that DOJ/FBI would have been notified of the Orlando shooter's attempted purchase.

Position: Support

Status: Failed to pass a vote at 2:30 PM PDT, June 20, 2016. Nay: 53; Yea: 47