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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 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, and requiring safe storage of firearms around children. 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 regulate untraceable ghost guns, close the Charleston Loophole, and strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence and violent hate crimes.

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


The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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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.