By Al Elkins, OHA Lobbyist
Supporters of a gun storage ballot measure have submitted 2,000 signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State recently, and the process of verifying those signatures has begun.
This ballot measure includes these provisions:
A person who owns or possesses a firearm shall, at all times that the firearm is not carried by or under the control of the person or an authorized person, secure the firearm:
- With an engaged trigger lock or cable lock…
- In a locked container, equipped with a tamper-resistant lock…
The measure also addresses guns being used while hunting, stating that this measure does not apply if the unsecured firearm was obtained for the purpose of hunting, trapping or target shooting, during the time in which the person is engaged in activities related to hunting, trapping or target shooting.
This language is similar to the proposed language in 2018, but that proposal never made the ballot. During the 2019 Legislative Session, similar language was included in a gun bill, but that bill was killed as part of negotiations to get the Senate Republicans to return to the Capitol building. Like earlier attempts, there is no reference at all for stiffer penalties for those who actually steal guns.
OHA will work with gun rights advocacy groups to help defeat this ballot measure. If this measure gathers enough signatures, it would appear on the November 2020 ballot.