The Oregon House Committee on Rules voted Senate Bill 719A out of committee with a mere hour’s notice and no public hearing, and it could come up for a vote on the House floor at any time. This eleventh-hour action demonstrates a desire among anti-gun representatives to take advantage of legislator fatigue—there is only a week left in the 2017 session—and to sneak in a bad bill with a minimum of review.
Based on a law current in California, SB 719A would allow family members and law enforcement officers to petition in court via an ex parte hearing for an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” (ERPO) that would deprive the targeted individual of Second Amendment rights without due process or the evaluation of a mental health professional. Oregon already has processes in place to temporarily prohibit potentially dangerous individuals from gun ownership by means of a judicial process.
Use Your Power!
If you live in Oregon, please contact your representative and tell them that SB 719A is unnecessary and represents a violation of due legal process. To contact your representative, clickhere.