Oregon’s gun safety bill comes into effect on Saturday

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OREGON — A new Oregon gun safety law passed in the 2021 session has a target date this weekend.

Senate Bill 554 comes into effect on Saturday, September 25, 2021, the 91st day after adjourning the session, promulgated by Oregon Governor Kate Brown. The law allows the state capital, airports, schools and universities to ban firearms and require that firearms be stored safely when not in use to avoid unintentional shootings and suicides by firearms.

The initial measure, “Authorizes the city, county, metropolitan service district, commercial airport operating port, school
district, college, or university to adopt an ordinance or policy limiting or prohibiting affirmative action for possession of firearms in public buildings by concealed handgun licensees. It amends the definition of “public building” for the purposes of the crime of possession of a weapon in a public building to include certain airport areas, buildings owned or controlled by public bodies and real estate owned by a college or university. .

Gun safety advocates, such as Everytown, stress that SB 554 “will require firearms to be stored and locked securely when not in use: Research shows storage legislation safe can prevent unintentional shooting and suicide by firearm. Currently, over 80% of gun deaths are gun suicides in Oregon. September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

Everytown also says, “Armed extremism in democracy is nothing new to Oregon. During the December 2020 special session, armed extremists descended on the Oregon State Capitol. Security footage shows Representative Mike Nearman opening the door to let extremists into the building. In January, the Oregon legislature decided to delay the start of the session due to threats of violence in Salem. A recent Everytown for Gun Safety report in partnership with the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), details that Oregon had the highest number of armed protests between January 2020 and the end of June 2021. ”

The first page of the law is a list of people who have died due to gun violence or gun violence statistics in Oregon, concluding with the following reasoning: “Considering that everyone has the right to be at home. safe from armed violence; now, therefore, ”Senate Bill 554 was proposed and passed in 2021.


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