Tentative deal struck to kill SB 978

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Oregon Legislature Signals Deal on Omnibus Gun Bill
Tentative deal struck to kill SB 978 

Gun owners and the firearms industry received good news on May 13. Multiple outlets and sources in the Oregon State Capitol are signaling a deal has been struck between Senate Republicans and Democrats with major implications to gun rights in the state. Democrats have reportedly agreed to kill two bills that Republicans dislike: Senate Bill 978, the omnibus anti-gun bill and House Bill 3063, which ends non-medical exemptions for families who choose not to vaccinate their children.
 
As a reminder, SB 978 incorporated a lot of anti-gun bills and concepts throughout the session such as:

  • Criminal penalties for not storing firearms “securely.”
  • New record keeping requirements for retailers on receiver sales.
  • Prohibiting “unfinished’ receivers.
  • Allowing retailers to raise the age limit on purchases from 18 to 19, 20 or 21.
  • Banning “undetectable” and “untraceable” firearms, potentially negatively impacting legitimate manufacturing in the state.
  • Banning firearms without serial numbers, even those manufactured prior to 1968. 

NSSF® worked tirelessly with our partners and other groups to oppose all anti-gun legislature this year and are cautiously optimistic about the news we’re hearing today. 
 
If this deal holds, the Senate Republicans truly deserve the lion’s share of the credit as they came to the rescue in the 11th hour. The caucus walked out of the legislature under threat of arrest to deny the Senate a quorum. In exchange for their return to the legislature, the Republicans demanded the Democrats in exchange.
 
Please join us in showing our appreciation to the Republican Senate members by contacting them and telling them thank you for sticking up for our 2nd Amendment rights.

Senator Herman Baertschiger Jr.​
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1702
Email: Sen.HermanBaertschiger@oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Cliff Bentz
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1730
Email: Sen.CliffBentz@oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Brian Boquist
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1712
Email: Sen.BrianBoquist@oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Fred Girod
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1709
Email: Sen.FredGirod@oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Bill Hansell
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1729
Email: Sen.BillHansell@oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Dallas Heard
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1701
Email: Sen.DallasHeard@oregonlegislature.gov

​Senator Tim Knopp
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1727
Email: sen.timknopp@oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Dennis Linthicum
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1728
Email: Sen.DennisLinthicum@oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Alan Olsen
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1720
Email: Sen.AlanOlsen@oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Kim Thatcher
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1713
Email: Sen.KimThatcher@oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Chuck Thomsen
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1726
Email: Sen.ChuckThomsen@oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Jackie Winters
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1710
Email: Sen.JackieWinters@oregonlegislature.gov

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