HR 748 National

Ethan’s Law

This bill establishes a framework to regulate the storage of firearms on residential premises at the federal, state, and tribal levels.

At the federal level, the bill establishes statutory requirements for firearms on residential premises to be safely stored if a minor is likely to gain access without permission or if a resident is ineligible to possess a firearm.

An individual who violates the requirements is subject to criminal penalties. A firearm stored in violation of the requirements is subject to seizure and forfeiture.

At the state and tribal levels, the bill requires the Department of Justice to award grants to implement functionally identical requirements for the safe storage of firearms.

Position: Support

Status: House Judiciary Committee

SB 1577 Oregon

Ban Undetectable and/or Untraceable Firearms

Three dimensional printing (also called additive manufacturing) allows criminals and terrorists to make firearms that do not have a serial number, thereby rendering a firearm untraceable to law enforcement. The process also allows criminals and terrorists to make firearms without mechanism (called a security exemplar), thereby rendering a firearm undetectable by metal detectors.

Position: Support

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee

HB 4149 Oregon

The Myth of Guns in Public Bill

Provides that person or public body that establishes gun-free zone is liable for damages resulting from certain crimes committed in gun-free zone, if reasonable person would believe that possession of firearm could have helped individual defend against crime. A similar bill, HB 2173, failed in 2017.

Position: Oppose

Status: House Desk Awaiting First Reading

SB 1540 Oregon

Funding for Oregon’s Firearm Instant Check System

Appropriates to the Department of State Police, for the biennium ending June 30, 2023, out of the General Fund, the amount of $2,600,000, for the purpose of funding the Firearms Instant Check System unit of the department.

Position: Support

Status: Senate Committee

ATF 2021R-05 National

Stop Ghost Guns

The ATF has proposed a change in rules to stop the sale of ghost guns. Those changes are:

-Businesses that make ghost gun parts and businesses that sell those parts or gun kits would need to be licensed under federal law as gun dealers.
-The main parts of the gun kits must have serial numbers.
-People who buy gun kits or the gun parts must pass a background check before buying the kit or part.

Position: Support

Status: ATF Rule Change

S 611 National

VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021

The VOCA Fix Act passed the Senate unanimously! The Toomey amendment failed 60-40, and the VOCA fix is on its way to President Biden's desk for a signature.

Thank you so much to everyone for their help with this critical legislation! According to Rachel Graber of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, disbursement will probably take a year because the vote was very close to the end of the fiscal year and money hasn't had a chance to accrue to the VOCA Fund. In the long term, however, this fix is expected to stabilize the Fund and prevent future catastrophic cuts.

Both Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley voted to support this bill. Thank you, Senators!

Deposits into the Crime Victims Fund have dropped dramatically in the last several years, leading to a substantial cut to the Victims Of Crime Act (VOCA) victim assistance grants. Victims services organizations are facing budget cuts, staff layoffs, and even program closures while demand for victim services is growing. It has been two-and-a-half months since the House overwhelmingly passed the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021 to fix the problem. It is time for the Senate to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.

Position: Support

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee

HR 1280 National

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021

This bill addresses a wide range of policies and issues regarding policing practices and law enforcement accountability. It increases accountability for law enforcement misconduct, restricts the use of certain policing practices, enhances transparency and data collection, and establishes best practices and training requirements.

Oregon House cosponsors of HB 1280 were Cong. Bonamici, Blumenauer, and DeFazio. Cong. Schrader voted for the bill but was not a cosponsor.
Oregon Congressman Cliff Bentz voted against the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021.

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are expected to support the bill.

Position: Support

Status: United States Senate

HR 1446 National

Enhanced Background Checks (Expands Charleston Loophole From 3 to 10 Days)

This bill revises background check requirements applicable to proposed firearm transfers from a federal firearms licensee (e.g., a licensed gun dealer) to an unlicensed person.

Specifically, it increases the amount of time, from 3 business days to a minimum of 10 business days, that a federal firearms licensee must wait to receive a completed background check prior to transferring a firearm to an unlicensed person. (This type of transaction is often referred to as a default proceed transaction.)

If a submitted background check remains incomplete after 10 business days, then the prospective purchaser may submit a petition for a final firearms eligibility determination. If an additional 10 days elapse without a final determination, then the federal firearms licensee may transfer the firearm to the prospective purchaser.

Position: Support

Status: Received in the Senate

HR 1808 National

Regulating Assault Weapons (House)

To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.

Position: Support

Status: House Judiciary Committee

S 736 National

Regulating Assault Weapons (Senate)

A bill to regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.

Position: Support

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee