Gun owners and hunters need to take the lead to stop gun violence.
The effort to refer SB 719 Extreme Risk Protective Order failed to gain enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. SB 719 allows household members or law enforcement to request a judge to temporarily remove firearms from someone who poses an extreme risk of violence to themselves or others.
GOFRO supported SB 719. Many of us as gun owners have experienced the need to remove firearms from easy access by aging relatives or troubled youth. If necessary, an Extreme Risk Protective Order helps provide a legal process to do that using a civil court order issued by a judge after hearing evidence of need. We believe the legal process established in this legislation achieves a fair balance between the rights of gun owners and the rights of family members and the community to be safe from gun violence.
The bill goes into effect January 1, 2018.
New Pew Research Poll takes an in-depth look into the complex relationship Americans have with guns and how that relationship intersects with their policy views.
New Study from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows firearm-related deaths are the third leading cause of death overall among US children aged 1 to 17 years and the second leading cause of injury-related death. "This is the most comprehensive analysis of firearm-related deaths and injuries among US children to date . . ."
In February, the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals struck down a Florida law that prohibited doctors from asking patients about gun ownership and gun safety. This month, the State of Florida has decided not to appeal that decision.
We support common sense requirements to keep firearms away from children.
The U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit has upheld Maryland's assault weapons ban finding it consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in D.C. v. Heller.
To read the full decision of the Court of Appeals click on this link:
The League of Women Voters of Portland Education Fund will present a panel discussion on Gun Safety: Responsible Use and Responsible Policy on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm at the Multnomah County Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland. The program is free and open to the public.Read more
This article looks at various gun violence prevention measures and where effectiveness and and public appeal coincide. Measures where the experts and the general public seem to agree include the need for universal background checks, preventing sales of firearms to persons convicted of violent misdemeanors and domestic abuse, and convicted stalkers.
It is too early to know the details or render judgements but its not too early for each of us to think carefully about what we can do to try to prevent this from happening in our own homes. All firearms and ammunition should be locked up and stored separately. Beyond that key point it is also worth thinking about what type of secure storage is appropriate to our home situation. Keyed trigger or cable locks can certainly deter a young child if the key is not readily available. Combination storage safes or cabinets are more appropriate where teenagers or young adults can be present or to prevent criminal access. In some cases parents should consider removing firearms from the home altogether and storing them at a range or club. Safety education for both parents and kids is always critical.