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While Oregon has enacted several basic gun safety laws, the state still falls behind its neighbors and can take bolder action to save lives.

In 2017, Oregon enacted an extreme risk protection order law, which allows family members and law enforcement officers to temporarily disarm individuals at risk of violence. In 2019, Oregon had the 21st-lowest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at slightly less than the national rate. To save lives from gun violence, Oregon legislators could require people who live with minor children to store their firearms safely and restrict untraceable and undetectable firearms (also known as ghost guns).

What Oregon Does Well

  • Universal background checks
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Certain domestic violence gun laws
  • State database background checks

What Oregon Is Missing

  • Gun owner licensing
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Open carry regulations
  • Child access prevention laws
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting


We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.