Oregon Passes First Gun Law Since Parkland Shooting

The young people who survived the shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, when 17 children and adults lost their lives, are already making a difference.

Just eight days later, Oregon became the first state legislature to pass a gun control bill since the Parkland massacre. The new legislation, which had already passed the state’s House of Representatives last week by a vote of 37 to 23, prevents anyone with a domestic violence conviction from purchasing a gun. It was approved by the State Senate 16 to 13 on February 22.

This was despite two attempts by Republican lawmakers to send the bill back to committee.

This is a huge step forward for single women. 

Under the Lautenberg Amendment, passed by Congress in 1996, it was already illegal for a a person convicted of domestic abuse or stalking to own a gun. However, the so-called “boyfriend loophole” means that the law doesn’t apply to abusers who are not married to to their victim. It also provided a get-out for those who were not living with that partner, among other exceptions. 

Oregon Governor Kate Brown (seen above) is a co-sponsor of the bill and recently spoke to local lawmakers about the 66 fatalities over the past two years in Oregon, all due to domestic violence. She will be ready to sign this bill when it reaches her desk.

“Closing the ‘Intimate Partner Loophole’ is an important step to keep Oregonians safer, and to keep guns out of the wrong hands,” she said in a statement. “Passing this bill was a priority for me this session, but we know there’s more that must be done.”

Of course we know that in spite of the Lautenberg Amendment, people with domestic abuse convictions, married or not, have still been able to get a hold of deadly weapons and carry out mass shootings.

Remember the deadly attack in Sutherland Springs, Texas, last November? Devin P. Kelley murdered 26 people using an AR-15 purchased after he was kicked out of the Air Force and was convicted of beating his wife and breaking his stepson’s skull.

Since this information was never entered into the National Criminal Information Center database, Kelley had no problem arming himself. That’s why we need to strengthen background checks at the federal level.

But Governor Brown recognizes that it’s up to the states to take action since the federal government has failed abysmally to protect its people from gun violence.

On February 26, Rhode Island became the second state to act on gun violence since the Parkland shooting. Governor Gina Raimondo signed an executive order making it legal to take guns away from people who pose a threat to themselves or others.

“If the federal government won’t act, states need to do more to prevent the gun violence that has become far too common,” said Raimondo, a Democrat.

Take Action!

Clearly no one with a domestic abuse conviction should be able to own a gun. And yet this ‘boyfriend loophole’ exists across the country. This needs to change and the time is now, with the young Parkland survivors speaking up so forcefully against gun violence.

If you agree, you can make a difference by creating a Care2 petition, demanding that your state passes the same kind of legislation that was recently approved in Oregon.

Care2 has made it easy for you to get started. Just check out these guidelines and pretty soon you’ll find the Care2 community signing up to support you.

 

Photo Credit: By Oregon National Guard from Salem, Oregon, United States (170309-Z-OT568-169) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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KimJ ManyIssues
KimJ M2 months ago

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Lesa DiIorio
Lesa D3 months ago

thank you Oregon!

thank you Judy...

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Dave f3 months ago

Good job

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Mike R
Mike R3 months ago

Good

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Fran SiteIssues F
Fran F3 months ago

Why don't Oregon Republicans want to protect single women from gun violence?
All assault weapons need to be banned!

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Angela K
Angela K3 months ago

Thank you for sharing

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Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie3 months ago

Thank you so very much.

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Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie3 months ago

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