The announcement from ceasefire is now out. It's imperative that we counter their moves. Yes, this is defense at this point, but we've been on offence as well. Keep hammering the legislators, and send them an email, or call once a week. Legislative Update for March 9, 2014 An expanded background checks bill and a child access prevention bill will be introduced after March 27. SB 86 and SB 385 were heard before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The 2015 legislative session has been even busier than usual with many challenging issues. We expect a background check bill and a child access prevention bill will be introduced sometime after March 27. How You Can Help This Week In the meantime, it's vitally important to continue to contact legislators to let them know how much Oregonians support these life-saving bills. The expanded background checks bill will close the private gun sale loophole. The child access prevention bill will hold gun owners responsible if minors access their unsecured guns. Ask legislators to vote YES on SB 385. Ask legislators to vote NO on SB 86. Find your legislators here and ask them to support background checks for all gun sales and the child access prevention bill. Data and information about background checks are listed here. Data and information about child access prevention are listed here. Call or email your Oregon state senator and representative today and every week. Yes, every week, please! Shooting ranges next to your farm? Dodging bullets in our forests? Not in our Oregon. NO on SB 86 SB 86 was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee. People can still submit testimony against the bill and call their legislators and the Senate Judiciary Committee. SB 86: completely disregards common sense and public safety and means that Oregonians who live on farms or near forest zones can suddenly be neighbors with a firing range that hosts shooting matches. Remember: A bullet from a .22 can travel up to one mile. A bullet from a .30-06 can travel up to three miles. Guns don't belong in our court facilities, either. YES on SB 385 SB 385 was also heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee. SB 385 will: keep guns out of Justice and Municipal courts, allow Justice and Municipal Courts to be considered "court facilities" rather than "public buildings," and allow Justice and Municipal Court Judges to be included in the definition of "Judge" so they may issues orders to restrict firearms and certain knives (over 4" blade) from a court facility. Please call Senator Prozanski (or all the members listed below) and ask them to vote NO on SB 86 and YES on SB 385! Leave a voice message or send a quick email. Just say, "Please vote NO on SB 86 and YES on SB 385." Please contact these legislators as well: Senator Floyd Prozanski, 503-986-1704 Sen.FloydProzanski@state.or.us Senator Ginny Burdick, 503-986-1718 Sen.GinnyBurdick@state.or.us Senator Sara Gelser, 503-986-1708 Sen.SaraGelser@state.or.us Senator Jeff Kruse, 503-986-1701 Sen.JeffKruse@state.or.us Senator Kim Thatcher, 503-986-1713 Sen.KimThatcher@state.or.us Senate President Peter Courtney, 503-986-1600 Sen.PeterCourtney@state.or.us Rep. Jeff Barker, 503-986-1428 Rep.JeffBarker@state.or.us House Majority Leader Val Hoyle, 503-986-1414 Rep.ValHoyle@state.or.us House Speaker Tina Kotek, 503-986-1200 Rep.TinaKotek@state.or.us We know the NRA broadcasts state legislative alerts nationally, urging people from other states to call Oregon legislators. Our friends in the legislature tell us that many non-Oregonians call them. NRA money talks, but it doesn't vote! Our legislators need to know they are supported in their communities when they support laws that reduce gun violence. Talking points: Background Checks to Close the Private Gun Sale Loophole 87% of Oregonians support background checks, including 83% of Oregon gun owners.1 In Oregon, background checks for gun sales are only required from a federally licensed firearms dealer or at a gun show. Oregon voters closed the gun show loophole in 2000, but an estimated 40,000 to 75,000 guns are still sold annually in Oregon without a background check through private sellers. Felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill can avoid the background check system by going to private sellers, no questions asked. Exempt family members include parents, children, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Background checks would not be required for temporary transfer. (For example, if a gun were lent for hunting for a short time.) The private gun sale loophole is one reason why Oregon is one of 14 states where gun deaths now outnumber car fatalities.2 Taking the responsible step of requiring background checks for private gun sales is the most effective way to reduce gun violence. In states that require comprehensive background checks: 48% fewer on-duty police officers are shot and killed, and 46% fewer women are shot and killed by their intimate partners.3 Background checks are simple and effective. During 2013 alone, Oregon's background check system prevented 2,215 prohibited persons from purchasing guns from licensed dealers and at gun shows (Oregon State Police data). Background checks save lives. Let's close the private sale loophole now. 1. Americans for Responsible Solutions 2. Violence Policy Center 3. Everytown for Gun Safety Talking points: Child Access Prevention The proposed Oregon Child Access Prevention bill will will make it a crime to endanger a child by allowing access to an unlocked or unsecured firearm without consent of the child's parent or guardian. The law would require gun dealers to post these responsibilities where firearms are sold. An estimated 26,000 Oregon children under 18 live in a home with an unlocked firearm.1Many more children visit and play in homes with unsecured firearms. Child Access Prevention legislation makes it clear that preventing child access to these firearms is the gun owner's responsibility. Families who enroll their children in gun safety classes or take their children hunting or target shooting will still be able to do so. Every gun that injures a child first passes through the hands of an adult. In 12 states where child access prevention laws had been in effect for at least one year, unintentional deaths fell by 23% from 1990-94 among children under 15 years of age.2 Keeping firearms locked and unloaded and storing ammunition in a locked location separate from firearms serve as protective measures that reduce youth suicide and unintentional injury in homes with children and teenagers where guns are stored.3 1. The Truth About Kids & Guns, Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence, Oct. 2014. 2. Peter Cummings et al., State Gun Safe Storage Laws and Child Mortality Due to Firearms, 278 JAMA 1084, 1084 (Oct. 1997). 3. David C. Grossman et al.,Gun Storage Practices and Risk of Youth Suicide and Unintentional Firearm Injuries, 293 JAMA 707, 711-13 (Feb. 2005). Visit Ceasefire Oregon or Donate today. Twitter Facebook Email You have received this email through your subscription to Ceasefire Oregon's email list. 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