Legislation

2017 Oregon Legislation

Current Legislation


HB 2974 Oregon

Unnecessary exemptions from firearm background checks

Firearm background checks not required for a participant in the Address Confidentiality Program or if person has a driver license bearing a continuous traveler residence.

Position: Oppose

Status: House Committee On Judiciary


SB 855 Oregon

Concealed Carry Without Training or Permit

Allows person without concealed handgun license to carry concealed firearm on person or in vehicle in certain circumstances if person can legally possess firearms under Oregon law.

Position: Oppose

Status: Introduction and first reading. Referred to President's desk.


HB 2973 Oregon

Repeal SB 941 Universal Background Checks

Repeals requirement that person who is not gun dealer obtain criminal background check prior to transferring firearm to another person who is not gun dealer.

Position: Oppose

Status: Referred to Speaker's desk.


SB 804 Oregon

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

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: Neutral

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) so they are prohibited from purchasing firearms.

Position: Oppose

Status: Senate Finance Committee


SB 797 Oregon

Close Charleston Loophole; No guns for stalkers

Closes the Charleston Loophole; requires notification of Oregon US Attorney, state and local law enforcement.
Provides that conviction for stalking causes person to be prohibited from possessing firearm unless person obtains relief from prohibition.

Position: Support

Status: Judiciary


HR 550 National

Checkpoint Safety Act of 2017

Require the deployment of law enforcement personnel at airport screening locations at very large airports, and for other purposes.

Position: Neutral

Status: House Homeland Security, Transportation Security


SB 764 Oregon

State Police to study reasons for certain denials of concealed handgun licenses

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: Senate Committee on Judiciary


SB655 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


SB668 Oregon

Court shopping for CHL denials, revocations

Changes location in which person may petition circuit court for review of concealed handgun license denial, revocation or nonrenewal from county of person’s residence to county in which license was denied or originally issued.

Position: Oppose

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary


SB669 Oregon

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

SB669 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


SB670 Oregon

Reduce CHL age requirement to 18 for service members

Reduces required age for concealed handgun license applicant to 18 years of age if applicant is service member.

Position: Oppose

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary


SB675 Oregon

Concealed carry without license or training; expands background check loophole

Allows person to carry concealed firearm on person or in vehicle if person can legally possess firearms under Oregon law and meets certain criteria.

Exempts certain transferees from private firearm transfer criminal background check requirement including people protected by stalking orders.

Position: Oppose

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary


SB679 Oregon

School districts are prohibited from establishing policies regulating, restricting, or prohibiting firearms.

Prohibits governmental agency or school district from establishing policy regulating, restricting or prohibiting firearms. Provides that policy contrary to prohibition is void.

Position: Oppose

Status: Senate Presidents Desk - Awaiting Referral


SB681 Oregon

Relaxes laws relating to possession of firearms, including organized militia

Exempts federal and state military personnel from laws establishing crime of unlawful possession
of firearm when engaged in official functions on military property.
Authorizes Governor or Adjutant General to issue regulations regarding use and possession of
firearms on military property.

Position: Neutral

Status: Senate Presidents Desk - Awaiting Referral


HB2840 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? Travel to and from the DEQ?

Position: Oppose

Status: House Committee On Revenue


HJR 13 Oregon

Proposing amendment to Oregon Constitution relating to firearms.

A law authorizing a police officer to ask a person at any time if the person is in possession of a firearm is not a law violating the right of the people against unreasonable search or seizure.

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.

Position: Support

Status: Referred to Judiciary with subsequent referral to Rules.


HR 34 National

Guns in K-12 Schools

This bill amends the federal criminal code to repeal provisions that prohibit the possession or discharge of a firearm in a school zone.

Position: Oppose

Status: House Committee On Judiciary


SB 495 Oregon

Counties can regulate used firearms purchased by pawnshops and secondhand stores

Authorizes county to regulate purchase of used firearms by pawnshops and secondhand stores.

Position: Neutral

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary


SB 554 Oregon

Increased penalties for use or threatened use of firearm

Increases penalties for felonies having as element defendant’s use or threatened use of firearm in commission of a crime.

Position: Neutral

Status: Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee, then to Ways and Means


SB 553 Oregon

Removes OSP as Point of Contact (POC) for Firearm Background Checks

-Removes Oregon State Police as designated state point of contact for purposes of National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
-Requires gun dealer to obtain authorization to transfer firearm directly from system.
-A similar bill (HB 2791), introduced by Representative Thatcher, failed in the 2011 legislative session.

Position: Oppose

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary


SB 552 Oregon

Forced Mandated Concealed Carry (Reciprocity)

Provides person licensed to carry concealed handgun in another state with protection provided to person with Oregon concealed handgun license.

Position: Oppose

Status: Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee


SB 548 Oregon

Sheriff Shopping Bill

Authorizes sheriff of county to issue concealed handgun license to any qualified person who is a resident of Oregon.

Note: Current Oregon law states that a sheriff grant CHLs to people only in their county.

Position: Oppose

Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee


SB 546 Oregon

Participants in Address Confidentiality Program exempt from firearm background checks

Exempts transferee who is certified participant in Address Confidentiality Program from private firearm transfer criminal background check requirement.

Position: Neutral

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary


SB 469 Oregon

Fingerprint alternative

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

Position: Support

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary


SB 775 Oregon

No gun background checks for concealed handgun license holders.

Exempts concealed handgun licensees from private firearm transfer criminal background check requirement.

Position: Oppose

Status: Senate Committee On Judiciary


SB667 Oregon

No background check for sale, transfer of antique firearm

Defines term "antique firearm." Provides that unlicensed person transferring antique firearm to another unlicensed person is not required to request criminal background check.

Position: Neutral

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary


HB2808 Oregon

State police to study reasons for concealed handgun license denials

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: House Committee On Judiciary


HR 358 National

Interstate Transportation of Firearms or Ammunition

Relaxes laws regarding transportation of firearms. Changes burden of proof to prosecution.

Position: Oppose

Status: House Committee On Judiciary


S 72 National

Counterterror Alert Act

A bill to require that certain information relating to terrorism investigations be included in the NICS database, and for other purposes.

Position: Support

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary


HR 57 National

Accidental Firearms Transfers Reporting Act

This bill requires the FBI to submit a report to Congress about the outcome of completed gun sales made possible by the Charleston Loophole.

Position: Support

Status: House Judiciary; Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations


HR 62 National

Gun Violence Reduction Resources Act

To provide for the hiring of 200 additional Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and investigators to enforce gun laws.

Position: Support

Status: House Judiciary; Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations


HR 509 National

Abolish the ATF

To abolish the ATF and transfer its functions to the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration.

Position: Oppose

Status: House Committee On Judiciary; Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations


HR 38 National

Forced Mandated Concealed Carry

Concealed handgun license (CHL) holders who are non-residents of a state are granted the privilege of carrying a hidden, loaded gun in a state even if the person does not meet the other state's standards.
Introduced by Rep. Hudson (R-NC8)

Position: Oppose

Status: In the House Judiciary; Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations


SB 549 Oregon

Expanding CHL privileges to retired parole and probation officers.

-This bill would confer concealed handgun license privileges to parole and probation officers.
-Currently, honorably retired police officers are conferred CHL privileges.
-Parole and probation officers must apply for a CHL just as other citizens do.

Position: Neutral

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary


SB 66 Oregon

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: Senate Committee on Judiciary


HB 2617 Oregon

Expands CHL from 4 to 5 years, expands disqualifications

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 2173 Oregon

Guns in Public Fallacy Bill

Allows person harmed by criminal act resulting in physical injury or death to bring action for damages against place of public accommodation if place of public accommodation prohibits visitors from possessing firearm.

Ceasefire Oregon suggests a corollary: Anyone harmed by a criminal act in a location where guns are permitted are allowed to bring action for damages.

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


SB 232 Oregon

Relating to surrender of firearms for persons prohibited due to DVRO

Requires court to ask petitioner at hearing for family or household abuse restraining order whether respondent possesses any firearms and to record answer on order. Directs presiding judge of judicial district to adopt protocols relating to surrender of firearms by persons prohibited by court order from possessing firearms.

Position: Support

Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary


HB 2592 Oregon

Tax credit for gun safes

Establishes refundable credit against personal income taxes for purchase of qualifying gun safes.

Position: Support

Status: House Committee On Revenue


HB 2526 Oregon

Gun sellers must provide educational materials

Directs Department of Justice to establish firearm safety and suicide prevention education program, to create or approve education materials and to provide educational materials to gun dealers.

Position: Support

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


HB 2523 Oregon

Safekeeping of Firearms

Authorizes gun dealer to accept for safekeeping firearm surrendered by person or family or household member of person who is at risk of causing physical injury to self or others with firearm

Position: Support

Status: House Committee On Judiciary


HB 2237 Oregon

Firearm Safety Package

-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


HB 2130 Oregon

Child Access Prevention

Creates crime of endangering a minor by allowing access to a firearm.

Position: Support

Status: House Committee On Judiciary


HR 367 National

Deadly Silence Act/Hearing Protection Act

Currently, gunfire suppressors (often called silencers) 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.

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 Salon.com: "By muffling the noise generated with every shot...a silencer would provide a new degree of intimacy for public mass murder, delaying by crucial seconds or minutes the moment when someone calls the police after overhearing strange bangs coming from Theater 4 or Classroom D. The same qualities that make silencers the accessory of choice for targeted assassination offer advantages to the armed psychopath set on indiscriminate mass murder." http://www.salon.com/2012/12/30/silencers_the_nras_latest_big_lie/

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: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

Previous Legislation


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