A dangerous trigger: Guns in the home and domestic violence in Oregon

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The combination of intimate partner violence and guns is especially deadly for women in Oregon - between 2003 and 2010, domestic violence-related murders accounted for nearly half of all homicides among females in Oregon. According to a new report from OAPGV member organization Everytown for Gun Safety, "

This week, new ordinances went into effect in Multnomah County and in Portland that will make it harder for domestic abusers to hold on to their guns. Under the new rules, Multnomah County judges can order guns to be removed from a domestic abuser's possession when a protective order is issued. Multnomah County Sheriffs have the power to follow up on that order, and the District Attorney can take prosecutorial action should an abuser fail to comply.

But ordinances like this only serve to protect women in Multnomah County – there are no state laws regarding the removal or surrender of firearms when domestic violence restraining or protective orders are issued. Far too often, when a woman cries out for help, law enforcement lacks the tools to keep her and her family safe.

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on a bill introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) called the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2013. This legislation will make it harder for domestic abusers and violent intimate partners to buy guns, and harder for those abusers to hold on to the guns they already have. 

Our Alliance allies in Washington, D.C. - Everytown for Gun Safety, the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence, and Americans for Responsible Solutions - are on Capitol Hill calling for action that will keep women and families safe. 

You can act, too – take a minute and email the Oregon Senate delegation and ask them to co-sponsor Sen. Klobuchar's bill today.