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In 2021, Oregon enacted a law that requires a gun owner to report the loss or theft of a firearm to the local law enforcement agency where the loss or theft occurred as soon as practicable but not later than within 72 hours of the time the person knew or reasonably should have known of the loss or theft.1

If a lost or stolen firearm is used to injure a person or property and the person who owned, possessed or controlled the firearm at the time of the loss or theft did not report the loss or theft as required, in a civil action against the gun owner, the violation of the lost and stolen reporting law constitutes negligence per se (a legal standard that means negligence is proven by the violation of the law itself) for two years from the expiration of the time limit for reporting or until the loss or theft report is made, whichever occurs sooner.2


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  1. 2021 SB 554.[]
  2. Id.[]