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Oregon voters enacted a strong gun safety ballot initiative in 2022 and the state has meaningfully reformed its gun laws in recent years. Oregon’s laws are still generally weaker than its neighbors in CA and WA, however.

In recent years, Oregon has acted to strengthen its gun safety laws by enacting an extreme risk protection law, strengthening protections for victims of domestic violence, investing in community violence intervention programs, and requiring safe storage of firearms around children. In November 2022, Oregon voters also enacted a gun safety ballot initiative that strengthened background check and licensing processes, restricted large-capacity magazines, and promoted law enforcement efforts to investigate and recover firearms from people who become disqualified from owning them.

In 2020, Oregon had the 16th-lowest gun death rate in the country and the 20th-lowest gun export rate. To save lives from gun violence, Oregon legislators should enact a comprehensive ghost gun law, strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence and violent hate crimes, reform the firearm industry’s immunity from civil lawsuits, raise the minimum age to purchase firearms, enact a gun violence victims’ access to justice law, and strengthen firearm relinquishment processes.

What Oregon Does Well

  • Universal background checks
  • Licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Certain domestic violence gun laws
  • Large capacity magazine restrictions
  • Investments in violence intervention programs

What Oregon Is Missing

  • Ghost gun law
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Strong concealed carry standards
  • Open carry regulations
  • Victims’ access to justice law
  • Minimum age
  • Strong gun trafficking laws
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