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2017 Firearms Legislation

HJR 13 Proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution providing that law authorizing police officer to ask person if person is in possession of firearm is not law violating right of people against unreasonable search or seizure.

HB 2030 Prohibits  state  agency  from  restricting  or  closing  access  to  state  lands  used  for  hunting  until state  agency  has  notified  State  Department  of  Fish  and  Wildlife  and  department  has  posted  notice of  restriction  or  closure  for  at  least  30  days  on  department’s  website.  Provides  exceptions.

HB 2126   Repeals requirement that person engaged in business of selling, leasing or otherwise transferring firearms  record  in  register  purchase  or  acceptance  in  trade  of  used  firearm  and  provide  copy  of record  to  law  enforcement  agency.

HB 2127   Directs Department of Justice to create and maintain list of states that recognize Oregon concealed handgun licenses and require handgun competency to obtain concealed handgun license that is similar to competency required in Oregon.Authorizes Attorney General to enter into agreement with concealed handgun license issuing authority of other state if agreement is necessary for license reciprocity.Provides person who is not resident of Oregon, who is not otherwise prohibited from possessing firearm and who is licensed to carry concealed handgun in another state with protections provided to person with Oregon concealed handgun license, if other state is on department’s list of states

HB 2130  Creates crime of endangering a minor by allowing access to a firearm. Punishes by maximum of 30 days’ imprisonment, $1,250 fine, or both. Increases penalty to maximum of six months’ imprisonment, $2,500 fine, or both, or one year’s imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both, depending on location at which firearm is possessed. Increases penalty to maximum of five years’ imprisonment, $125,000 fine, or both, if any person is seriously injured or killed. Requires gun dealer to post notice concerning obligation to prevent minors from accessing firearm without consent of minor’s parent or guardian. Prohibits transfer of firearm to person convicted of endangering a minor by allowing access to a firearm for five-year period after conviction.

HB 2172  Requires  person  that  engages  in  business  in  this  state,  on  premises  onto  which  person  permits members  of  public  to  enter,  to  post  in  prominent  location  outside  entry  to  premises  sign  that  states person’s  policy  with  respect  to  permitting  individuals  who  have  license  to  carry  concealed handgun to  carry  firearm  onto  premises.

HB 2173 Allows  person  harmed  by  criminal  act  resulting  in  physical  injury  or  death  to  bring  action  for damages  against  place  of  public  accommodation  if  place  of  public  accommodation  prohibits  visitors from  possessing  firearm.

HB 2237  (Kate Brown’s Indefinite Delay Bill)Prohibits transfer of firearm by gun dealer or private party if Department of State Police is unable to determine whether recipient is qualified to receive firearm. Modifies definition of relationship status pertaining to types of court orders and misdemeanor convictions that cause person to be prohibited from possessing firearms. Provides that conviction for stalking causes person to be prohibited from possessing firearm unless person obtains relief from prohibition. Punishes unlawful possession by maximum of one year’s imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both.

HB 2523  Authorizes  gun  dealer  to  accept  for  safekeeping  firearm  surrendered  by  person  or  family  or household  member  of  person  who  is  at  risk  of  causing  physical  injury  to  self  or  others  with  firearm. Provides  civil  and  criminal  immunity  to  gun  dealer  who  accepts  firearm  for  safekeeping.(Pointless)

HB 2526 Directs  Department  of  Justice  to  establish  firearm  safety  and  suicide  prevention  education  program,  to  create  or  approve  educational  materials  and  to  provide  educational  materials  to  gun  dealers.Requires  gun  dealers  to  make  educational  materials  available  to  firearm  purchasers. (Stupid)

HB 2592 Establishes  refundable  credit  against  personal  income  taxes for purchase of qualifying gun safes. Applies  to  tax  years  beginning  on  or  after  January 1,  2017,  and  before  January  1,  2019.

HB 2617  Modifies requirements for and disqualifications from obtaining concealed handgun license. Increases portion of fee for issuance or renewal of license from $50 to $85.Increases length of time that concealed handgun license is valid.

HB 2808 Directs Department of State Police to study reasons for certain denials of concealed handgun license applications and report results to interim committees of Legislative Assembly related to judiciary on or before February 1, 2019

HB 2840 Creates credit against personal income tax for cost of criminal history record check required by state law for transfer of firearm.

HB 2973 Repeals requirement that person who is not gun dealer obtain criminal background check prior to transferring firearm to another person who is not gun dealer.

HB 2974 Exempts certain transferees from private firearm transfer criminal background check requirement.

SB 66
 Requires  court  to  notify  person  found  guilty  except  for  insanity  of  sex  crime  of  obligation  to report  as  sex  offender.Requires  court  to  notify  person  found  to  be  person  with  mental illness when state or federal law prohibits  person  from  purchasing  or  possessing  firearm  unless  person  obtains relief from prohibition. Requires  court  to  notify  person  determined  to  lack  fitness  to  proceed  that  federal  law  prohibits person  from  purchasing  or  possessing  firearm  unless  person  obtains  relief  from  prohibition.

SB 232 Requires  court  to  ask  petitioner  at  hearing  for  family  or  household  abuse  restraining  order whether  respondent  possesses  any  firearms  and  to  record  answer  on  order. Directs  presiding  judge  of  judicial  district  to  adopt  protocols  relating  to  surrender  of  firearms by  persons  prohibited  by  court  order  from  possessing  firearms.

SB 458 Requires  State  Fish  and  Wildlife  Commission  to  adopt  controlled  hunt  program  for  hunting cougars  with  dogs.

SB 469  Requires gun dealer to substitute alternative fingerprint for criminal background check if firearm purchaser is unable to provide thumbprint.

SB 495 Authorizes county to regulate purchase of used firearms by pawnshops and secondhand stores

SB 546 Exempts transferee who is certified participant in Address Confidentiality Program from private firearm transfer criminal background check requirement.

SB 548 Authorizes sheriff of county to issue concealed handgun license to any qualified person who is resident of Oregon.

SB 549 Modifies certain law enforcement defenses that apply to certain firearms-related crimes. Provides honorably retired parole and probation officers with protections provided to Oregon concealed handgun license holders if officers do not have disqualifying convictions.

SB 552 Provides person licensed to carry concealed handgun in another state with protection provided to person with Oregon concealed handgun license.

SB 553 Removes Department of State Police as designated state point of contact for purposes of National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Requires gun dealer to obtain authorization to transfer firearm directly from system.

SB 554 Increases penalties for felonies having as element defendant’s use or threatened use of firearm in commission of crime. Punishes by mandatory minimum term of 10 years’ imprisonment for first offense. Prohibits plea agreement to crime other than felony having as element defendant’s use or threatened use of firearm. (This is a very, very bad idea in a state that convicts people of felonies for defending themselves.)

SB 655 Directs Department of State Police to create and maintain list of states in which requirements to obtain concealed handgun license or permit are substantially similar to requirements in Oregon.

SB 667 Defines term “antique firearm.” Provides that unlicensed person transferring antique firearm to another unlicensed person is not required to request criminal background check.

SB 668 Changes location in which person may petition circuit court for review of concealed handgun license denial, revocation or nonrenewal from county of person’s residence to county in which license was denied or originally issued.

SB 669 Exempts certain transferors of firearms from requesting criminal background check if purchaser or recipient has concealed handgun license.

SB 670 Reduces required age for concealed handgun license applicant to 18 years of age if applicant is servicemember.

SB 675 Allows person to carry concealed firearm on person or in vehicle if person can legally possess firearms under Oregon law and meets certain criteria.

SB 679 Prohibits governmental agency or school district from establishing policy regulating, restricting or prohibiting firearms.

SB 681 Exempts federal and state military personnel from laws establishing crime of unlawful possession of firearm when engaged in official functions on military property.

SB 764 Directs Department of State Police to study reasons for certain denials of concealed handgun license applications.

SB 775  Exempts concealed handgun licensees from private firearm transfer criminal background check requirement.

SB 797  Prohibits transfer of firearm by gun dealer or private party if Department of State Police is unable to determine whether recipient is qualified to receive firearm. (and lots more)

SB 804 Modifies definition of “transfer” for purposes of private firearm transfer criminal background check requirement.

SB 854 Exempts certain transferees from private firearm transfer criminal background check requirement

SB 855 Allows person without concealed handgun license to carry concealed firearm on person or in vehicle in certain circumstances if person can legally possess firearms under Oregon law.

SB 862 Requires law enforcement agency that takes custody of firearms under firearms surrender protocol to establish procedures to notify certain individuals of law enforcement agency’s anticipated return of firearm.