With the new year, a new law that’s intended to make it harder for domestic abusers to get guns takes effect in Oregon. It extends the state’s ban on gun ownership to people convicted of domestic violence or stalking a partner, regardless of whether they are married or living together.
The bill was a top priority for Gov. Kate Brown during the 2018 legislative session. The Democrat signed the measure into law during a ceremony on the steps of the state capitol in March.
Lawmakers will debate another closely-watched piece of gun legislation during the 2019 legislative session. The measure would require gun owners to lock up their weapons when not in use. Violators could be fined thousands of dollars if a child gains access to the gun.