By Erika Haas
Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a new gun bill into law Wednesday, making Oregon the third state in the U.S. to establish a process for obtaining so-called “Extreme Risk Protection Orders” (ERPO).
Under the new law – known as SB 719 – police or a member of a person’s family or household can file a petition with a civil court requesting an ERPO. If the judge finds the person in question to be an imminent risk to themselves or others, an ERPO will be issued and that person will be forced to surrender their firearms.
Police have the right to search the person’s home and seize any guns that were not surrendered or stored with a third party such as a gun dealer.
The person has 30 days after the ERPO is issued to request a hearing to keep their firearms. However, if the person is denied and the ERPO stands, then they will then be banned from possessing or buying any firearms or ammo for one year. Of course, these orders can also be extended or renewed.
Unsurprisingly, the bill was passed along party lines. Only one Republican voted in favor of the legislation.
Governor Brown, who herself is a Democrat, has said in the past that ERPOs are the “best way to ensure that a person who is at risk of harming themselves or others is identified, while still ensuring their rights are protected by a court review.”
When discussing an earlier bill, SB 868, which also sought to establish ERPOs, Brown said, “Persons in crisis should not have easy access to firearms. This bill is another tool in the fight against gun violence and suicide prevention that will make Oregon a safer place to live.”
However, critics of ERPOs have pointed out Click to see the original article