The University of Michigan is leading a national research effort to study gun violence prevention among children and teens. We at GOFRO have always supported increased research into the causes of gun violence and we are pleased to be part of the Advisory Team for this important project as it goes forward.
The study is known as Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens Consortium (FACTS). FACTS has a website to share research, videos, courses, fact sheets and other resources
Portions of Washington Initiative 1639 dealing with age requirements for purchase of "semi-automatic assault weapons" take effect January 1. This is the same requirement as existing law for pistol purchases in Washington. New requirements dealing with background checks and safe storage requirements take effect July 1.
The definition of "semi-automatic assault weapons" is as follows:
(25) "Semiautomatic assault rifle" means any rifle which
utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract
the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which
requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge.
"Semiautomatic assault rifle" does not include antique firearms,
any firearm that has been made permanently inoperable, or any
firearm that is manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide
Here is the text of the initiative as passed by 60% in November, 2018:
The Cindy Yuille and Steve Forsyth Act will be introduced in the 2019 Oregon Legislature. The bill will require safe and secure storage of firearms when not in use.
Below is a summary of the proposed legislation:
Washington State voters passed a ballot measure to require safe, secure firearm storage and to increase regulation of semi-automatic rifles. The measure passed with over 60% of the vote. Below is a link to a Seattle Times article and a link to the actual language of the measure from the Secretary of State's office. And also a CBS News article.
Poll shows that Oregon parents and teachers feel that safe firearm storage requirements would be a powerful tool to prevent gun violence in schools. GOFRO believes that safe storage saves lives. There are so many options for gun owners depending on the situation: trigger locks, cable locks, quick access safes, and traditional safes. It is our responsibility to protect our kids, our grandkids, family and friends.
Here are some examples of firearm storage readily available:
"Since 1999, children have committed at least 145 school shootings. Among the 105 cases in which the weapon’s source was identified, 80 percent were taken from the child’s home or those of relatives or friends."
The Portland Oregonian newspaper sponsored a live Facebook panel discussion on July 11 "Guns, An American Conversation." GOFRO founding board member Paul Kemp participated in the panel and focused on safe storage and ways to reduce gun violence.
The Oregonian newspaper recently published this analysis of the first four months of Oregon's "Red Flag Law". The law allows family members or law enforcement to seek a court order to remove firearms from a person in crisis who is at risk of harming themselves or the community. "That analysis revealed that, in the law’s first four months, Oregonians in 16 counties used it to try to get weapons out of the hands of nearly 30 people, most of whom were operating at a potentially deadly nexus of substance abuse, anger and gun ownership."
Below is a link to a handout from the Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum that describes how the new law works:
There are so many options for safe storage of firearms to keep them out of the hands of children and those who would do harm to others including simple 4 digit or biometric safes. There is no excuse.