New Research: Oregon Voters Support Requiring Safe Storage of Guns For Homes Where A Child Is Present

New Research: Oregon Voters Support Requiring Safe Storage of Guns For Homes Where A Child Is Present

April 16, 2015 – A recent survey of registered Oregon voters conducted on behalf of Americans for Responsible Solutions finds that across the board, Oregon voters support requiring requiring safe storage of guns in a locked container for homes where a child is present.

Among the survey’s findings:

  • 82% percent of voters support child access prevention laws, with 64% of voters “strongly” supporting the law.

  • Additionally, 71% of gun owners support this law, including 47% of gun owners who “strongly support” it.

A memo on the new research can be found here.

This high level of support is unsurprising given that a broad majority of Oregonians – including gun owners – support expanded background checks for gun sales, with 87 percent of Oregon voters supporting expanded background checks on gun sales, and 70 percent saying they strongly support them. Eighty-three percent of Oregon gun owners also support expanded background checks on gun sales. Click here to read more.

The survey was conducted by Benenson Strategy Group and surveyed 1,000 registered Oregon voters who said they are likely to vote in the 2016 presidential election. The survey, which included an oversample of households with gun owners, was conducted by live professional interviewers between January 12-15, 2015. The margin of error is +/- 3.02 percentage points.

Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly Statement on the Oregon State Senate’s Passage of Background Checks Bill

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Capt. Mark Kelly Statement on the Oregon State Senate’s Passage of Expanded Background Checks Bill

Oregon Law Does Not Require Unlicensed Sellers to Do A Background Check Before A Gun Sale

Bill Addressing Loophole Now Heads to State House

TUCSON, AZ – Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and retired Navy combat veteran and NASA astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, the Co-Founders of Americans for Responsible Solutions, issued the following statement after the Oregon State Senate approved legislation that closes the loophole in Oregon law that allows people to buy guns without undergoing a background check:

“Today, the Oregon State Senate stood up for common sense and for safer communities. We hope that leaders in the House do the responsible thing and follow suit by passing this critical legislation, which will make Oregon a safer place to live,” said former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and retired Navy combat veteran and NASA astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, Co-Founders of Americans for Responsible Solutions. “As the House begins to considers this important legislation, we hope its leaders keep in mind that not only this bill the right thing to do, there is widespread support among their constituents for commonsense changes to Oregon’s laws like this one.”

The bill, SB 941, would address the gap in Oregon law that lets unlicensed sellers transfer a firearm to another person, including through online sales, without a background check. Under current law in Oregon, individuals must pass a background check before they can buy a gun from a licensed firearm dealer and at gun shows. While individuals can request a state background check before selling a gun to another person, Oregon does not require unlicensed sellers to conduct a background check when transferring a gun.

A recent survey of registered Oregon voters conducted on behalf of Americans for Responsible Solutions found that a broad majority of Oregonians – including gun owners – support expanded background checks for gun sales. Among the survey’s findings: 87 percent of Oregon voters support expanded background checks on gun sales, with 70 percent saying they strongly support them; and 83 percent of Oregon gun owners support expanded background checks on gun sales. Click here to read a memo on the research’s findings.

Americans for Responsible Solutions has also engaged in a statewide digital campaign to educate Oregonians on gaps in current Oregon gun laws and highlight commonsense changes that can make their communities safer. The campaign, which will target more than 700,000 people in the state and run for the duration of the legislative session, will encourage Oregonians to contact their legislator and urge them to support current proposals that address these loopholes in the state’s guns laws. Read more here.

OVERVIEW OF BACKGROUND CHECKS & CURRENT OREGON LAW

Federal Law Requires Background Checks – But Only at Licensed Firearms Dealers, Not Online and at Gun Shows. In 1993, Congress passed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act into law, making background checks a requirement for federally licensed gun dealers and setting up the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), a system of databases maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Under federal law, certain categories of dangerous individuals, known as prohibited purchasers, such as convicted felons, domestic abusers and some dangerously mentally ill people are prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms. Under the Brady Act, when a person attempts to purchase a gun from a licensed dealer, the dealer runs a check through the NICS system to determine whether a potential buyer is prohibited from purchasing firearms. If information in NICS indicates that a person is prohibited from legally purchasing a firearm, the dealer must deny the sale.

Background Checks Are Quick and Effective – They’ve Blocked Over Two Million Potential Sales to Prohibited Purchasers. 91 percent of background checks are completed instantaneously and since the NICS system has been in place, over 196 million background checks have been conducted, and over two million firearms sales to prohibited purchasers have been denied.

Oregon Law Doesn’t Require Unlicensed Sellers to Conduct A Background Check When Transferring the Gun to Another Person. Under current law in Oregon, individuals must pass a background check before they can buy a gun from a licensed firearm dealer and at gun shows. While individuals can request a state background check before selling a gun to another person, Oregon does not require unlicensed sellers to conduct a background check when transferring a gun to another person.

States with Background Checks Have Seen Public Safety Gains. In the sixteen states and the District of Columbia that already require background checks for all handgun sales, 46 percent fewer women are shot to death by their intimate partners, there are 48 percent fewer firearms suicides and 48% fewer law enforcement officers are shot to death by handguns. When Missouri repealed its background check law in 2007 that required background checks on all handgun sales, gun homicides increased by 25 percent in the state.

SUMMARY OF NEW BACKGROUND CHECKS BILL IN OREGON LEGISLATURE

SB 941 requires the completion of a criminal background check before a licensed federal firearms dealer for firearms transfers made between two private individuals except for family members, law enforcement, inherited firearms and certain temporary transfers. The legislation also requires the Department of State Police to notify local law enforcement agency when, during a criminal background check performed prior to transfer of firearm, the department determines that the recipient of the transfer is prohibited from possessing a firearm. Additionally, SB 941 authorizes the court to prohibit persons ordered to participate in assisted outpatient treatment from purchasing or possessing firearm during period of treatment if certain criteria are met.

ARS Launches Campaign to Educate Oregonians on State’s Gun Laws

ARS Launches Campaign to Educate Oregonians on State’s Gun Laws

Oregonians in New Videos: Keep Guns Out of the Wrong Hands, Help Make Our Communities Safer

Oregon Voices Include Army Veteran, Police Chief, and Domestic Violence Prevention Advocate

SALEM, OR – Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, announced today it has launched a statewide digital campaign to educate Oregonians on gaps in current Oregon gun laws and highlight commonsense changes that can make their communities safer.

The campaign, which will target more than 700,000 people in the state and run for the duration of the legislative session, will encourage Oregonians to contact their legislator and urge them to support current proposals that address these loopholes in the state’s guns laws.

The campaign comes as leaders in Salem consider SB 941, legislation introduced last month that would ensure background checks are required for all gun sales. The bill would address a gap in current law that allows unlicensed sellers to transfer a firearm to another person, including online purchases, without a background check.

The campaign features Oregonians – including a United States Army veteran, a current police chief, and a domestic violence prevention advocate – discussing the need for laws that make Oregon’s communities safer from gun violence, including expanded background checks; ensuring that domestic abusers can’t legally access firearms; and requiring guns to be safely stored if there are children in the household. Click here to view the ads.

Oregonians featured in the ads include:

  • Lou Jaffe, Retired United States Army 1st Lieutenant and Vietnam Veteran. Mr. Jaffe discusses the importance of having background checks for all gun purchases and asks legislators to close the current loophole in Oregon law, saying “What we are asking legislators to do…is find some common ground and some commonsense solutions.” Click here to view the video featuring Mr. Jaffe.

  • Robert Yuille, U.S. Marines (Ret.). Mr. Yuille discusses the rich tradition of gun ownership in Oregon and why responsible gun owners support commonsense changes to require background checks on all gun purchases, no matter where they take place or who the seller is, to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill.Click here to view the video featuring Mr. Yuille.

  • Vanessa Timmons, Executive Director of the Oregon Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Ms. Timmons highlights the need for a law that ensures convicted domestic abusers are prohibited from accessing guns. “Keeping guns away from people convicted of domestic violence is common sense.” Click here to view video featuring Ms. Timmons.

 

Gabby and Mark on the Passing of Sarah Brady

April 3, 2015 - Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, the Co-Founders of Americans for Responsible Solutions, issued the following statement on the passing of Sarah Brady, chairwoman of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence:

”We are saddened to learn that our nation has lost a tireless advocate for safer communities, and a brave voice for responsible laws and bipartisan solutions. We know Sarah will be missed by all those whose lives she touched and who were so inspired by her commitment to her late husband Jim and to the cause of reducing gun violence in our country. Sarah Brady showed us not only what a tireless fight for common sense looks like, but also what it means to be a loving spouse and caretaker in the wake of a senseless tragedy. Our prayers are with her son Scott, her daughter Missy, and the entire Brady Campaign family as they mourn this devastating loss.”

Oregon Veteran & Doctor Urge Legislators to Pass Background Checks Law

Oregon Veteran & Doctor Urge Legislators to Pass Background Checks Law

87 Percent of Oregon Voters and 83 Percent of Oregon Gun Owners Support Closing Existing Loophole in State’s Background Check System for Gun Sales

Oregon Law Does Not Require Unlicensed Sellers to Do A Background Check Before A Sale

SALEM, OR – Testifying at an Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today, an Oregon veteran and doctor urged the state’s legislators to pass a bill that would close the loophole in Oregon law that allows people to buy a gun without undergoing a background check.

Dr. Jim Scott of Portland and retired United States Army intelligence officer Jeff Julum of Salem testified in support of SB 941, legislation introduced last week that would address the gap in Oregon law that allows unlicensed sellers to transfer a firearm to another person, including through online sales, without a background check. Under current law in Oregon, individuals must pass a background check before they can buy a gun from a licensed firearm dealer and at gun shows.

Both Mr. Julum and Dr. Scott are supporters of Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun violence prevention group founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly.

”I speak to you today with a commitment to protecting both the Second Amendment rights I defended for 29 years, and the safety of our fellow Americans.  As an Army officer, I have seen the danger of guns in the wrong hands, and I fully support the right of responsible, law abiding Americans to defend themselves,” said Mr. Julum, the retired Army intelligence officer, in his testimony to the Judiciary Committee. ”However, I also support healthy dose of American common sense: put people through a simple background check before they get a gun – just like I had.”

”Gun violence has reached epidemic proportions in our state and nation and should be understood and treated as a public health crisis,” said Dr. Jim Scott of Portland. ”This law will allow responsible gun owners to make sure their guns don’t end up in the hands of criminals. It will give law enforcement a critical tool to fight gun trafficking and gun violence. And, most importantly, it will save lives.”

A recent survey of registered Oregon voters conducted on behalf of Americans for Responsible Solutions found that a broad majority of Oregonians – including gun owners – support expanded background checks for gun sales. Among the survey’s findings: 87 percent of Oregon voters support expanded background checks on gun sales, with 70 percent saying they strongly support them; and 83 percent of Oregon gun owners support expanded background checks on gun sales. Click here to read a memo on the research’s findings.

Earlier this month, over 100 Oregon medical professionals who are Americans for Responsible Solutions supporters – including doctors, nurses, and public health specialists – signed a letter that was delivered to state lawmakers urging them to take action to reduce gun violence, including passing a law that would close the current loophole that allows people in Oregon to buy a gun without a background check. Read more here.

OVERVIEW OF BACKGROUND CHECKS & CURRENT OREGON LAW

Federal Law Requires Background Checks – But Only at Licensed Firearms Dealers, Not Online and at Gun Shows. In 1993, Congress passed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act into law, making background checks a requirement for federally licensed gun dealers and setting up the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), a system of databases maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Under federal law, certain categories of dangerous individuals, known as prohibited purchasers, such as convicted felons, domestic abusers and some dangerously mentally ill people are prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms. Under the Brady Act, when a person attempts to purchase a gun from a licensed dealer, the dealer runs a check through the NICS system to determine whether a potential buyer is prohibited from purchasing firearms. If information in NICS indicates that a person is prohibited from legally purchasing a firearm, the dealer must deny the sale.

Background Checks Are Quick and Effective – They’ve Blocked Over Two Million Potential Sales to Prohibited Purchasers. 91 percent of background checks are completed instantaneously and since the NICS system has been in place, over 196 million background checks have been conducted, and over two million firearms sales to prohibited purchasers have been denied.

Oregon Law Doesn’t Require Unlicensed Sellers to Conduct A Background Check When Transferring the Gun to Another Person. Under current law in Oregon, individuals must pass a background check before they can buy a gun from a licensed firearm dealer and at gun shows.

States with Background Checks Have Seen Public Safety Gains. In the sixteen states and the District of Columbia that already require background checks for all handgun sales, 46 percent fewer women are shot to death by their intimate partners, there are 48 percent fewer firearms suicides and 48% fewer law enforcement officers are shot to death by handguns. When Missouri repealed its background check law in 2007 that required background checks on all handgun sales, gun homicides increased by 25 percent in the state.

SUMMARY OF NEW BACKGROUND CHECKS BILL IN OREGON LEGISLATURE

SB 941 requires the completion of a criminal background check before a licensed federal firearms dealer for firearms transfers made between two private individuals except for family members, law enforcement, inherited firearms and certain temporary transfers. The legislation also requires the Department of State Police to notify local law enforcement agency when, during a criminal background check performed prior to transfer of firearm, the department determines that the recipient of the transfer is prohibited from possessing a firearm. Additionally, SB 941 authorizes the court to prohibit persons ordered to participate in assisted outpatient treatment from purchasing or possessing firearm during period of treatment if certain criteria are met.

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