The Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety is a coalition of like-minded organizations focused on ending the public health crisis of gun violence in Oregon through the expansion of criminal background checks for gun purchases. Learn more about us >
2018 Ballot Initiatives
In direct response to the February 14, 2018 school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the “Never Again” movement’s outpouring of support for gun safety, two Oregon ballot initiatives have been filed to address major shortcomings in our gun laws.
The Alliance will be working closely with the petitions’ sponsors to secure these initiatives a place on the November 2018 ballot and to ensure that they are approved by the voters.
Initiative Petition 43: Bans the Sale of Assault Weapons and Oversized Magazines
Initiative 43 prohibits the future sale or transfer of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. Assault weapons that are lawfully owned when the Act takes effect must be registered with the state, removed from the state, sold to a firearms dealer, permanently disabled, or given to law enforcement for disposal. The same safety measures will apply to large-capacity magazines (those that hold more than 10 rounds). Petition 43 is sponsored by Lift Every Voice Oregon. Get more information and learn how you can help at Lift Every Voice Oregon.
Initiative Petition 44: Requires Safe Gun Storage and Reporting Lost/Stolen Guns
Initiative 44 requires gun owners to store firearms safely (locked or in locked containers) and to report lost or stolen firearms promptly, and it also requires supervision of minors who are given access to others’ guns. If a violation of the measure results in injury to person or property within five years, the violator is strictly liable for the injury, except when the firearm was used in lawful self-defense or defense of another person. Petition 44 is sponsored by Oregonians for Safe Gun Storage. Get more information and learn how you can help at Oregonians for Safe Gun Storage.