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Families Know First
Firearm suicide is a leading cause of death in Oregon – but it doesn't have to be that way. A gap in the law makes it difficult for families and law enforcement to take action to intervene and limit a person's access to firearms when they're demonstrating signs of a serious crisis. An Extreme Risk Protection Order saves lives while ensuring all parties receive due process.
Tell Oregon lawmakers that families need more options to keep loved ones safe – tell them to support Senate Bill 719.
Too often, we see the warning signs before someone commits an act of gun violence. But Oregon law lacks the necessary tools to temporarily remove firearms from people in crisis showing clear evidence they are a danger to themselves and others.
Senate Bill 719 establishes an Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) to empower families and law enforcement to prevent gun tragedies. Similar to laws in Washington, California, and Connecticut, SB 719 establishes a civil court process to restrict access to firearms for up to a year based on clear and convincing evidence.
In many shootings, family members had seen their loved ones engage in dangerous behaviors even before any violence occurred.
Family members are often the first to know when a loved one is in crisis, but frequently lack the tools to intervene before it is too late.
An Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) fills this gap by creating a mechanism to work with law enforcement to temporarily remove guns.
Preventing Gun Suicides
The vast majority (83%) of gun deaths in Oregon are from suicide.
People experiencing a crisis may be at an elevated risk of suicide. Those in a suicidal crisis are much more likely to survive if they do not have easy access to firearms.
In Connecticut, the law has been estimated to prevent one suicide for every 10-20 orders served.
Building Common Ground
Senate Bill 719 is the result of bipartisan collaboration with law enforcement to design the right approach for Oregon.
Voters in Washington State overwhelmingly approved a similar law in November 2016, including most Republican-leaning counties.
The goal is to temporarily intervene so people can get the care they need before they harm themselves or others. That is something we can all support.