Recent News & Events

Walmart will stop selling some ammunition and exit the handgun market

“The status quo is unacceptable.”

texas shooting brings new urgency to gun debate in congress

volunteers conduct stewardship

"Responsible recreational shooting means observing safety precautions and using appropriate targets - not junk and trash. And targets should be removed after a shooting session." Leave it better than you found it.

Oregon’s red flag law - or dept of justice

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum gave statements on August 5 regarding Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) laws that could help prevent future shooting tragedies. Oregon's own ERPO law took effect January 1, 2017. Since, there have been over 100 cases in Oregon in which concerned family and community members filed about an individual under ERPO. Courts have taken action 86% of the time in 2018, and 80% in 2019, potentially preventing violence and loss of life.

10 years. 180 school shootings. 356 victims.

CNN examines 10 years of school shootings and finds "the number of shootings are increasing and that no type of community is immune." GOFRO supports continuing research into the causes of gun violence.

nonprofit looks to 2020 to pass one of the largest fun measures in oregon

GOFRO's Paul Kemp spoke with FOX 12 Oregon about the Cindy Yullie and Steve Forsyth Act, which they hope will be introduced as a ballot initiative in 2020. It would require all firearms not being used or moved to be locked, among other regulations.

Fewer children die from gun violence in states with tougher gun laws, study finds

"Between 2011 and 2015, there were 21,241 deaths from gun violence among children and youth under 21 in the United States (approx. 4,250 each year). In states that have tougher gun laws, the average drops 4%, and in states with stricter background checks, the average drops by 35%. Bolstering the background check system, or enforcing identification measures, such as microstamping, in more states could reduce this statistic even further."

New Washington gun regulations become law, as resistance hangs over initiative 1639

Sweeping firearms regulations went into effect in Washington State on July 1, making progress in ensuring responsible gun owners are protected, adds some restrictions, reprimands those who create unsafe environments that put guns in the wrong hands, and works to clean up the background check system.

Says Representative Hansen, "If you get [the background-check system] right, you keep guns out of the hands of people who have no business having guns."

Firearm Storage in Gun-Owning Households with Children: Results of a 2015 National Survey

A survey by the Journal of Urban Health finds that an estimated 4.6 million kids live in a home with at least one loaded and unlocked firearm. A couple of findings to think about:

  • ". . . female gun owners in homes with children are more likely than male gun owners in homes with children to store at least one gun loaded and unlocked."

  • "Households in which any gun is owned for protection are significantly more likely to contain a loaded and unlocked gun than are homes in which no guns are owned for protection, as are households with at least one handgun, compared to those with no handguns."

It does not have to be this way - there are a wide variety of reasonably priced quick-access handgun safes available at any major sporting goods retailer. 

 

House Votes to Extend the Background Check Completion Window

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to lengthen the window to complete a background check from three to ten business days. The bill is designed to close "the Charleston Loophole" where the murderer was able to purchase firearms when a federal background check failed to find a prior conviction within the current three day window allowed for completion of the check. Five African American parishioners were murdered in their Charleston, S.C. church in 2015. The bill now goes to the Senate. GOFRO supports this approach to strengthen the background check system.

 
A gun show in January in Las Vegas.

A gun show in January in Las Vegas.

House Passes Universal Background Checks Legislation

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the "Bipartisan Background Checks Act", which requires a background check on all sales/transfers of firearms, including at gun shows and internet sales. There are exceptions for family members and temporary transfers during hunting or at shooting ranges. GOFRO has long supported universal background checks at the state and national levels.

Here is a link to the actual bill - HR 8.