New Research Shows Oregon Gun Owners Support Closing Loopholes in the Background Check System

New Research Shows Oregon Gun Owners Support Closing Loopholes in the Background Check System

83 Percent of Oregon Gun Owners and 87 Percent of Oregon Voters Surveyed Support Closing Existing Loopholes in State’s Background Check System

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A recent survey of registered Oregon voters conducted on behalf of Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun violence prevention and responsible gun ownership advocacy organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired Navy combat veteran and astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, finds 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;

  • 83 percent of Oregon gun owners support expanded background checks on gun sales; and,

  • 73 percent of voters say they don’t believe laws like expanded background checks threaten their Second Amendment rights.

A memo on the new research can be found here.

The research also found that 69 percent of Oregon voters agree that modest changes to gun laws might not prevent every criminal from getting a gun, but they will prevent many, and that is worth it.

Under current Oregon law, 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 private sellers to conduct a background check when transferring a gun to another person.

“Oregonians want commonsense gun laws that make our communities safer. This new research is yet another sign of just how strongly voters support closing the loophole that allows criminals and the dangerously mentally ill in Oregon to get guns over the internet,” said Peter Ambler, Founder, 501(c)(4) Director at Americans for Responsible Solutions. “And once again, we see that huge majorities of gun owners also believe in sensible solutions to gun violence. As Oregon’s elected leaders debate how to make their communities safer, let’s hope they keep in mind the strong, broad support among their constituents for expanded background checks.”

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.

Ten Commonsense Solutions Democrats and Republicans in Congress Can Agree on to Reduce Gun Violence

Ten Commonsense Solutions Democrats and Republicans in Congress Can Agree on to Reduce Gun Violence

2015 will be a year of divided government -and it will also likely be the year when, for the first time in decades, young Americans will be more likely to die from gun violence than from car accidents.

Democrats and Republicans both want to show the American people they can still get things done. Here are ten things Democrats and Republicans can work together on that would protect both our communities’ safety and our Second Amendment rights:

1. Close the Stalker Gap: One in six American women experience stalking in her lifetime, and there’s a strong link between stalking and future escalating violence against women: one study of female murder victims in ten cities found that 76 percent of women murdered by an intimate partner were stalked in the year before their murder. But under current federal law, people convicted of misdemeanor stalking can still pass a background check and buy a gun. Congress can close the stalker gap by prohibiting those convicted of misdemeanor stalking from accessing firearms – just like we already do for those convicted of misdemeanor domestic abuse.

2. Protect Victims of Dating Violence from Homicide: With the risk of death for an abused woman increasing by 500 percent when the abuser has access to a gun, firearms are a primary driver of mortality in domestic violence, which is why domestic abusers are barred from gun access. But almost half of all intimate partner homicides are committed by a dating partner. While our laws prohibit domestic abusers from accessing guns if they live with, are married to, or have a child in common with the victim, far too many abusive dating partners can still get guns just because they don’t meet the current federal definition of domestic partner. With more Americans waiting till later in life to marry, Congress should update our 20-year-old laws to include abusive dating partners on the list of people who can’t legally buy or own guns.

3. Make it Harder for Suspected Terrorists to Get Guns: People in the United States who are in the FBI’s Terrorist Watch List might be stopped from boarding an airplane, but they can still pass a background check and get a gun. With this huge gap in our gun laws, between 2004 and 2010, 1,119 individuals on the Terrorist Watch List passed a background check and succeeded in buying guns or explosives. Congress can close the terror gap by giving federal national security officials the authority to stop the sale of firearms or explosives to individuals on a terrorist watch list.

4. Crack Down on Gun Trafficking: The United States lacks a strong, clear federal statute against gun trafficking (diverting firearms from legitimate commerce to criminals and criminal networks). That’s why Congress should make gun trafficking a serious federal criminal offense and stiffen penalties at every point of the trafficking chain to prevent straw purchasers and shady gun dealers from trafficking illegal weapons to dangerous people.

5. Invest in Dedicated Funding for Research About The Causes & Impact of Gun Violence: In 1996, believe it or not, Congress banned federal research into the causes and effects of gun violence. While the Administration cleared the way for public health research about gun violence to take place, Congress refuses to seriously invest in research to understand the connection between gun violence and public health. Congress should allocate dedicated funding to firearms injury prevention research at the Centers for Disease Control.

6. Trace All Crime Guns: Crime gun tracing is a powerful tool available to law enforcement as they investigate crimes and seek to answer the sadly common question: “Where did the gun come from?” Yet only one-third of law enforcement agencies take advantage of this important federal resources for crime gun tracing. Congress can act now by providing incentives for law enforcement to report all crime guns they recover to the ATF National Tracing Center. This practice will help us better solve crimes and understand how guns end up in the hands of dangerous people.

7. Strengthen Records Reporting to the Background Check System: Since its inception in 1998, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has conducted over 100 million background checks on gun sales, leading to more than 700,000 denials of prohibited purchasers – including convicted felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill. But our background check system is only as strong as the records that it contains. Millions of records are still missing from the background check system and twelve states have submitted fewer than 100 mental health records. Congress must continue to work to ensure that all records of prohibited purchasers are submitted to the background check system.

8. Require Gun Dealers to Do Inventory Checks – Like The Bush Administration Wanted To. Every year, tens of thousands of firearms are lost or stolen from gun dealers – and often ultimately trafficked to criminals and used to perpetrate violent crimes. Requiring gun dealers to conduct basic retail business practices, like inventory, can make sure guns end up in the hands of responsible citizens instead of in the hands of violent criminals. But since 2004, a rider attached to annual appropriations bills prevents law enforcement from implementing a Bush administration era proposal requiring gun dealers to perform annual inventories. Congress should require guns dealers to conduct annual inventory checks to detect missing or stolen guns.

9. Require Gun Dealers to Do Background Checks on Their Employees. While federal law prohibits felons, domestic violence misdemeanants, and other persons from owning a gun, there is no federal requirement that gun dealers perform criminal background checks on their own employees to determine if they are prohibited from owning guns. That’s why Congress should require the same background check on the people who sell guns as on the people who buy the guns.

10. Close the Gun Show & Internet Loopholes. Ninety percent of Americans want to expand background checks on gun sales. And expanded background checks work: In states with background checks on all handgun sales, women are 46 percent less likely to be shot to death by their intimate partners, there are 48 percent fewer suicides and law enforcement are 48 percent less likely to be killed. Congress should close the loopholes in our background check system that let felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill get guns.

 

Statement By Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Thanking Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder For Vetoing Bill That Would Have Allowed Some Domestic Abusers & Stalkers to Get Gun Permits

January 15, 2015 – Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the Co-Founder of Americans for Responsible Solutions, today thanked Michigan Governor Rick Snyder for vetoing a bill before him that would have weakened current protections for victims of domestic violence and stalking in Michigan by allowing some individuals subject to domestic abuse and stalking protection orders to obtain a concealed pistol license.

In a letter last week, Congresswoman Giffords and women leaders in Michigan and around the country had called on Governor Snyder to veto the legislation before him.

”I thank Governor Snyder for doing the responsible thing, standing up for common sense, and vetoing this misguided legislation that would have made Michigan families less safe,” said Congresswoman Giffords. ”This bill would have made it easier for domestic abusers and stalkers to get their hands on guns. That’s why I joined with women leaders in Michigan and around the country asking Governor Snyder to do the right thing. I also want to thank Congresswoman Debbie Dingell for fighting for common sense and urging Governor Snyder to reject this legislation.”

”I applaud Governor Snyder for taking action today that most certainly saved the lives of many women and children in Michigan,” said Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12). ”This wasn’t a partisan issue, but one that affects all women and families in our state. Every child deserves to feel safe and every woman deserves to be able to live and work in a community without fear that she may be stalked or hurt.”

If enacted, the bill, S.B., 789, would have allowed domestic abusers and stalkers subject to restraining orders in Michigan to obtain concealed pistol licenses unless a judge had specifically determined in the restraining order that they should not be allowed to buy or own guns – even though all such offenders are prohibited from obtaining concealed carry licenses under current Michigan law. Reciprocity agreements could have made these permits valid in 39 other states.

Under current Michigan law, all individuals subject to domestic violence and stalking protection orders are prohibited from receiving a concealed carry license.

In a letter delivered to Gov. Snyder on Friday, January 9th, the women leaders had urged him to veto the irresponsible bill.

”As women who are advocates for the safety and security of women and families, we have grave concerns over SB 789, a bill recently passed by the Michigan legislature that would allow your state to issue gun carry permits to domestic abusers,” read the letter. “Domestic violence and access to firearms are a lethal combination, and this policy undermines the safety of American women. We urge you to veto this bill. Allowing dangerous domestic abusers and stalkers to obtain firearms needlessly puts the lives of women and their families at risk.”

Click here to read the full letter.

In addition, voices around Michigan had urged Gov. Snyder to veto the legislation, including the editorial boards of The Detroit Free Press, The Times Herald, and The Battle Creek Enquirer.

Domestic violence, stalking, and access to guns are a lethal mix in the United States and Michigan. One in four women experiences domestic abuse in her lifetime, and one in six women experiences stalking. Meanwhile, the mere presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk a woman will die by five times.

From 2003 to 2012, 53.5 percent of female domestic violence homicide victims in Michigan were killed with guns.

The full letter sent to Gov. Snyder on January 9th follows:

Governor Rick Snyder

P.O. Box 30013

Lansing, Michigan 48909

January 9, 2015

Dear Governor Snyder,

As women who are advocates for the safety and security of women and families, we have grave concerns over SB 789, a bill recently passed by the Michigan legislature that would allow your state to issue gun carry permits to domestic abusers. Domestic violence and access to firearms are a lethal combination, and this policy undermines the safety of American women. We urge you to veto this bill.

Gun violence against women is an American epidemic. One in 4 women experiences domestic abuse in her lifetime and 1 in 6 women experiences stalking. Meanwhile, the mere presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk a woman will die by five times. American women are 11 times more likely to die by a gun than women in other similarly developed countries. Between 2001 and 2012 alone, 6,410 women were murdered throughout the country by an intimate partner with a gun. In Michigan, from 2003 to 2012, 53.5 percent of female domestic violence homicide victims were killed with guns.

SB 789 would weaken current protections for victims of domestic abuse and stalking in Michigan- actually allowing some individuals subject to domestic violence and stalking protection orders to obtain a concealed pistol license, when under current law, they would be prohibited. For over 20 years, federal protections have been in place through the Violence Against Women Act that recognize the importance of keeping guns out of the hands of those who perpetrate domestic violence. Federal law, however, must be complemented by state laws, policies and procedures to provide complete protection to victims of abuse. If SB 789 were to be enacted, some women in Michigan would be left in danger, as the protections they have relied on would be removed. In addition, the concealed weapons permits would be valid in 39 other states through reciprocity agreements.

Allowing dangerous domestic abusers and stalkers to obtain firearms needlessly puts the lives of women and their families at risk. We respectfully request that you veto SB 789.

Sincerely,

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Co-Founder, Americans for Responsible Solutions

Carol Robles-Roman, President and CEO, Legal Momentum

Deborah D. Tucker, Executive Director, National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

Katie Ray-Jones, President and CEO, National Domestic Violence Hotline

Kiersten Stewart, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Futures Without Violence

Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, Director of Social Policy & Politics, Third Way

Lisalyn Jacobs, Vice President for Government Relations, Legal Momentum

Lori Haas, Virginia State Director, The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Lori Weinstein, CEO/Executive Director, Jewish Women International

Mai Fernandez, Executive Diretor, National Center for Victims of Crime

Margot Bennett, Executive Director, Women Against Gun Violence

Michelle M. Garcia, Director, Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime

Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress

Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Ruth Glenn, Exeuctive Director, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Sue Hornik, Exeuctive Director, States United to Prevent Gun Violence

Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Center for American Progress

Michigan State Leaders:

Barbara Niess-May, MPA, MSW, Executive Director, SafeHouse Center

Beth L. Morrison, President/CEO, HAVEN

Jenny Kinne, President, National Organization for Women (NOW) Grand Rapids Chapter

Penny Wulff, Board Member, Turning Point, Inc.

Valentina Djelaj, Coordinator, Connect to Protect-Detroit Coalition

 

Local, National Women Leaders Call on Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to Veto Bill That Would Allow Some Domestic Abusers & Stalkers to Carry Guns

Local, National Women Leaders Call on Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to Veto Bill That Would Allow Some Domestic Abusers & Stalkers to Carry Guns

Bill on Gov. Snyder’s Desk Would Weaken Current Protections For Domestic Violence Victims, Allow Some Individuals Subject to Domestic Violence and Stalking Restraining Orders to Get Concealed Pistol Permit

Concealed Carry Permits Would Also Be Valid in 39 Other States Through Reciprocity Agreements

From 2003-2012, More Than Half of Michigan’s Female Domestic Violence Homicides Victims Killed With A Gun

January 12, 2015 - Local and national women leaders, including former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, are calling on Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to veto a bill before him that would weaken current protections for victims of domestic violence and stalking in Michigan by allowing some individuals subject to domestic abuse and stalking protection orders to obtain a concealed pistol license. If enacted, the bill, S.B., 789, would also allow those individuals subject to restraining orders in Michigan to legally carry a concealed weapon in 39 other states due to reciprocity agreements.

Under current Michigan law, all individuals subject to domestic violence and stalking protection orders are prohibited from receiving a concealed carry license.

In a letter delivered to Gov. Snyder on Friday, January 9th, the women leaders urged him to veto the irresponsible bill.

“As women who are advocates for the safety and security of women and families, we have grave concerns over SB 789, a bill recently passed by the Michigan legislature that would allow your state to issue gun carry permits to domestic abusers. Domestic violence and access to firearms are a lethal combination, and this policy undermines the safety of American women. We urge you to veto this bill. Allowing dangerous domestic abusers and stalkers to obtain firearms needlessly puts the lives of women and their families at risk.”

Click here to read the full letter.

The group of local and national women leaders join a chorus of Michigan voices urging Gov. Snyder to veto the legislation, including the editorial boards of The Detroit Free PressThe Times Herald, and The Battle Creek Enquirer.Domestic violence, stalking, and access to guns are a lethal mix in the United States and Michigan. One in four women experiences domestic abuse in her lifetime, and one in six women experiences stalking. Meanwhile, the mere presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk a woman will die by five times.

From 2003 to 2012, 53.5 percent of female domestic violence homicide victims in Michigan were killed with guns.

The full letter follows:

Governor Rick Snyder

P.O. Box 30013

Lansing, Michigan 48909

January 9, 2015

Dear Governor Snyder,

As women who are advocates for the safety and security of women and families, we have grave concerns over SB 789, a bill recently passed by the Michigan legislature that would allow your state to issue gun carry permits to domestic abusers. Domestic violence and access to firearms are a lethal combination, and this policy undermines the safety of American women. We urge you to veto this bill.

Gun violence against women is an American epidemic. One in 4 women experiences domestic abuse in her lifetime and 1 in 6 women experiences stalking. Meanwhile, the mere presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk a woman will die by five times. American women are 11 times more likely to die by a gun than women in other similarly developed countries. Between 2001 and 2012 alone, 6,410 women were murdered throughout the country by an intimate partner with a gun. In Michigan, from 2003 to 2012, 53.5 percent of female domestic violence homicide victims were killed with guns.

SB 789 would weaken current protections for victims of domestic abuse and stalking in Michigan- actually allowing some individuals subject to domestic violence and stalking protection orders to obtain a concealed pistol license, when under current law, they would be prohibited. For over 20 years, federal protections have been in place through the Violence Against Women Act that recognize the importance of keeping guns out of the hands of those who perpetrate domestic violence. Federal law, however, must be complemented by state laws, policies and procedures to provide complete protection to victims of abuse. If SB 789 were to be enacted, some women in Michigan would be left in danger, as the protections they have relied on would be removed. In addition, the concealed weapons permits would be valid in 39 other states through reciprocity agreements.

Allowing dangerous domestic abusers and stalkers to obtain firearms needlessly puts the lives of women and their families at risk. We respectfully request that you veto SB 789.

Sincerely,

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Co-Founder, Americans for Responsible Solutions

Carol Robles-Roman, President and CEO, Legal Momentum

Deborah D. Tucker, Executive Director, National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

Katie Ray-Jones, President and CEO, National Domestic Violence Hotline

Kiersten Stewart, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Futures Without Violence

Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, Director of Social Policy & Politics, Third Way

Lisalyn Jacobs, Vice President for Government Relations, Legal Momentum

Lori Haas, Virginia State Director, The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

Lori Weinstein, CEO/Executive Director, Jewish Women International

Mai Fernandez, Executive Diretor, National Center for Victims of Crime

Margot Bennett, Executive Director, Women Against Gun Violence

Michelle M. Garcia, Director, Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime

Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress

Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Ruth Glenn, Exeuctive Director, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Sue Hornik, Exeuctive Director, States United to Prevent Gun Violence

Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Center for American Progress

Michigan State Leaders:

Barbara Niess-May, MPA, MSW, Executive Director, SafeHouse Center

Beth L. Morrison, President/CEO, HAVEN

Jenny Kinne, President, National Organization for Women (NOW) Grand Rapids Chapter

Penny Wulff, Board Member, Turning Point, Inc.

Valentina Djelaj, Coordinator, Connect to Protect-Detroit Coalition

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Capt. Mark Kelly Statement on the Confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy as the Next U.S. Surgeon General

December 15, 2014 –

”Tonight, the United States Senate did the responsible thing: It stood up to the gun lobby, stood up for common sense, and voted to ensure that the United States has a qualified medical professional as its top doctor.

”While it’s great to the Senate has finally acted, this vote was long overdue. It’s a shame that Dr. Murthy’s nomination was held up for so many months simply because he had evaluated the data and stated the obvious: gun violence is a public health risk.

”We are grateful to the thousands of Americans for Responsible Solutions supporters who contacted their Senator to say how important it is that our nation has a Surgeon General in place, and to urge their Senator to stand up to the gun lobby and vote to confirm Dr. Murthy.”

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