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Bills target Oregon gun owners

A total of 1,467 bills were filed in advance of the 2019 Oregon Legislative session, and several target gun ownership rights. The gavel falls to open the session on Monday.
Here is a small sample of some of the House and Senate bills OHA is following. The OHA Legislative Committee will review all bills to determine the OHA position. We will keep you updated on all the latest 2019 legislative happenings.
To learn more about the bills listed below, visit the Oregon Legislative Information System page:
• HB 2505 – Would require the owner or possessor of firearm to secure firearm with trigger or cable lock or in locked container except in specified circumstances.
• HB 2251 – Defines “assault rifle.” The bill also prohibits the transfer of a handgun or assault rifle to a person under 21 years of age.
• HB 2069 – This bill removes the requirement that State Fish and Wildlife Commission issue unallocated game mammal hunting tags in order requested.
• HB 2072 – Would authorize ODFW to operate wildlife inspection stations for purposes of preventing spread of infections or infestations harmful to wildlife or of furthering wildlife management efforts.
• HB 2082 – Would require Class II and Class IV all-terrain vehicle operator 16 years of age or older to carry and present both driver license and all-terrain vehicle operator permit.
• HB 2566 – Would require owner to register all-terrain vehicle, if vehicle is not otherwise registered in this state.
• SB 47 – Would require a person operating a nonmotorized boat to have a waterway access permit.
• SB 340 – Requires ODFW to annually establish special season during which holder of cougar tag or purchaser of SportsPac may use dogs to hunt cougars.
• SB 5 – Would make shooting ranges and any person discharging a firearm at a shooting range strictly liable for injuries resulting from bullets that stray outside boundaries of the shooting range.
• SB 501 –Requires permit to purchase ammo. Bans magazines over 5 rounds. Limits ammo purchase to 20 rounds a month. Requires background checks for ammo purchases. Imposes waiting period of 14 days.

—Al Elkins, OHA Lobbyist, alvinelkins@yahoo.com

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