Push for the Release of SB978, a gun safety measure

SB 978, the “omnibus” gun safety measure before the legislature this year, was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with a “do pass” recommendation, albeit on a straight party vote. Instead of going to the floor of the Senate for a vote, the measure was sent to the Senate Rules Committee where it is currently languishing. Here is a note from Penny Okamoto of Ceasefire Oregon on how we might promote this bill:

Ceasefire Oregon has asked our supporters to contact their legislators to tell them to support SB 978. …

At this point, we need constant pushing on Senators Courtney, Burdick, and Prozanski to make sure this bill is moved out of committee.

Please call or write to these senators, expressing support for the bill and asking them to help move the bill forward. Contact info for these senators:

Upcoming Days of Action

The following daylong activities are scheduled relatively soon in Salem in support of bills or agendas of interest to NOW:

  • April 29th, League of Women Voters Legislative Day (link). This is a daylong seminar that includes briefings on LWV research in different areas of legislation plus meetings with key representatives of the government. Last year in concluded with free time in which to go contact your own members of the legislature about the topics more important to you. It’s past the deadline for registration already, but these folks are an accommodating group. It’s possible you can still get in, especially if you’re willing to bring your own lunch.

  • May 15th, Moms Demand Action Advocacy Day 2.0 (link). Moms will be advocating for passage of HB2013, as described in a recent blog post, and SB978, the “omnibus” gun safety legislation that covers a variety of topics: safe storage of guns, a prohibition against printed guns, flexibility to allow merchants who sell guns to restrict the sale of certain guns to persons 21 or older, allows prohibition of firearms in certain public venues such as schools and commercial airports, to limit or prohibit the possession of firearms in those venues, and other measures. Details about the event are provided when you register.

Update from Ceasefire on Oregon bill for prevention of gun violence

Senate Bill 978 (SB978) is the strongest piece of legislation in the Oregon Capitol this year aimed at preventing gun violence. Ceasefire Oregon has posted explanation and analysis here: https://www.ceasefireoregon.org/bills/state-police-to-conduct-study-on-reporting-of-attempted-unlawful-firearm-transfers/

Quoting from the Ceasefire site:

  • SB 978 stops hate groups and terrorists from printing guns that are undetectable and untraceable.

  • SB 978 gives public schools and major airports the right to make security decisions about prohibiting loaded, hidden guns in classrooms and terminals.

  • SB 978 stops the pipeline of unsecured guns to criminals by requiring gun owners to secure their firearms when not in use.

Passage of the bill was recommended by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party line vote, but the bill has been referred to the Senate Rules Committee where no further action is currently scheduled and there is no set schedule for moving the bill on to the chamber floor.

To express an opinion on the importance of moving this bill toward a vote, please contact the following members of the Rules Committee:

Senator Arnie Roblan: 503-986-1705, Sen.ArnieRoblan@oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Ginny Burdick: 503-986-1700, sen.ginnyburdick@oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Michael Dembrow: 503-986-1723, Sen.MichaelDembrow@oregonlegislature.gov