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