If in Oregon, you file a petition to the court saying that I might be unfit or crazy or word it carefully enough to say that I pose an imminent risk to myself or others, the court might just believe you and take my gun away.
Even the police would be allowed to file.
If that doesn’t sound draconian and Orwellian, the Oregon legislature is seriously considering this new bill.
Now just who is going to determine who is not fit for a gun?
The Oregon House gave a slim nod to gun control legislation on Thursday that would establish extreme risk protection orders, forcing subjects to surrender their firearms.
The measure, SB 719A, will allow police, or a member of a subject’s family or household, to file a petition with the court which could lead to an order prohibiting firearms possession if it is believed they pose an imminent risk to themselves or others. The bill passed the Senate 17-11 in May and the House 31-28 this week, picking up only one Republican supporter along the way.
Backers argue it could help address the number of suicides in the state, with the bill’s author, Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, crafting it after the loss of his stepson in 2016.
The measure, now headed to Gov. Kate Brown, would establish a process for obtaining an extreme risk protection order issued by a judge in a civil court that would prohibit the subject of such an order from possessing or purchasing firearms or ammunition. It would grant law enforcement enforcing such orders the power to search for and seize guns that were not surrendered. Those filing fake orders could be imprisoned for up to a year, or pay a fine of up to $6,250, or both.
The proposal is modeled on one adopted after a ballot referendum last fall in neighboring Washington following a $3.5 million push by gun control groups, which in turn was based on a 2014 California law.
Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ Americans for Responsible Solutions organization, coupled with their state affiliate, the Oregon Coalition for Common Sense, backed the bill throughout the legislative process.
“Today, the Oregon Legislature delivered a victory for safer communities in the form of a responsible bill that helps keep guns out of the hands of individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis,” said Giffords in a statement. “This bill will not only ensure that law enforcement and families have the resources they need to help those who need it most, this bill will prevent tragedies and save lives.”
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