Ballot initiative launched to repeal new Oregon gun confiscation law
By Chris Eger
Gov. Kate Brown, D, speaks to state Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, before an April 2017 hearing on the Extreme Risk Protection Order bill at the Oregon Capitol in Salem. Boquist sponsored the legislation after the suicide of his son. (Photo: Paris Achen/Capital Bureau)
Three prominent Republicans on Tuesday filed a ballot referendum to overturn Oregon’s new Extreme Risk Protection Order statutes.
Republican House members Bill Post and Mike Nearman along with 2016 House candidate Teri Grier filed Referendum 302 this week with the Oregon Secretary of State’s office. Termed the “Say No to 719” initiative, it aims to push repeal the Senate bill of the same in its entirety.
Signed last week by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, the controversial new law, billed as a tool to help prevent suicides, crept through the state assembly picking up only a single Republican supporter along the way.
The Extreme Risk Protection Order law allows individuals to ask a judge in a civil court to bar the subject of such an order from possessing or buying firearms or ammo for one year. It grants police enforcing the order the power to search for and seize guns that were not surrendered or stored with a third party such as