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Safe Gun Storage in Oregon Fact Sheet

Common sense gun safety measures are designed with one purpose in mind: saving lives in Oregon. Our proposal would reduce gun violence in Oregon by requiring the safe storage of firearms and prompt reporting to law enforcement if a firearm is lost or stolen. Modeled on laws in other states, it would establish clear standards for responsible gun ownership and prevent children and others from gaining unauthorized access to firearms.

Facts about Oregon and gun violence

Unsafe gun storage is an important contributor to gun violence and is especially dangerous to children.

Gun theft is a growing problem in Oregon.

The weapon used in the Clackamas Town Center shooting in 2012 was unsecured and taken from its owner’s home. If it had been locked, the shooting may not have happened. Oregon, on average, loses one person every day to gun violence. More than 24,000 guns have been stolen in Oregon over the last decade.* Between 2011 and 2016, about 10% of the more than 3,600 guns recovered by Portland Police from crime scenes and other circumstances had been stolen. Because many gun thefts are never reported, this number is most likely higher.

A wide range of Oregonians support safe gun storage.

Research shows that gun storage laws reduce gun violence

Safe storage laws prescribe responsible storage practices to keep firearms inaccessible to children and teens.

When minors have unsupervised access to operable firearms, tragedies result far too often. Minors living in homes with unsecured guns are at especially high risk of suicide and accidental firearm injury.

Every year, firearms also cause thousands of unintentional deaths and injuries.

Too often, minors have also used their families’ unsecured firearms to intentionally perpetrate violence against others.

Research has also shown that laws requiring use of gun locks are effective at preventing suicides; unsafe gun storage increases the incidence of suicide.

States with laws to keep guns out of the hands of minors have lower incidence of suicide by guns

Americans strongly support laws requiring the safe storage of firearms.

Enforcement/consequences under this proposal for Safe Gun Storage in Oregon

Storing firearms when not in use

Securing firearms during transfer to another person

Reporting lost and stolen guns

Supervision of children with firearms

“Strict” liability

These facts are sourced from organizations including the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the National Crime Information Center, the Oregon Violent Death Reporting System from the Oregon Health Authority and The Trace.