Gun Safety for all Oregonians

As we all know, gun violence has reached a crisis point in our state and in the nation. You can help make Oregon a safer place for children, racial minorities – and all of us. You can sign and help gather signatures for Initiative Petition 17, a statewide gun safety initiative sponsored by Lift Every Voice Oregon (LEVO) and endorsed by the League of Women Voters of Oregon.

The initiative is now in the signature-gathering phase with the goal of placing it on the November ballot. The campaign is relying heavily on volunteer support, and we are asking our members and friends for their help before the July 6 deadline.

ACTION REQUESTED: Please go to www.lifteveryvoiceoregon.com.
  • If you’d like to download and sign a one-signature petition sheet, please click “Sign Initiative Petition from Home.” After signing, you must also complete the circulator information at the bottom before mailing to the address provided.
  • If you’re willing to gather multiple signatures, click “Train to Gather Signatures” and follow the instructions provided.
  • Please get the word out to friends and family members about IP 17 and how they can be part of the solution to prevent gun violence.

THANK YOU!

Here’s a brief summary of the initiative:
  • Requires a permit-to-purchase for all firearm purchases, which includes classroom and live-fire safety training. This is the gold standard for gun safety regulations and has a proven track record of reducing gun violence where enacted.
  • Requires a background check before purchasing a firearm, and no sale is complete before the check is completed.
  • Includes an improved database system to assist the tracking of guns that are lost, stolen, or used to commit crimes.
  • Prohibits the manufacture, sale, transfer, and possession of magazines over 10 rounds, with exceptions for law enforcement and military. Nine states and D.C. have already enacted such bans.

A day of love and mourning

It is sad that Valentine’s Day – a day dedicated to love – is also a day that symbolizes the tragedy of gun violence in our country. As students and families in Parkland, Florida, remember the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School a year ago, we call for policies that could prevent more gun-related tragedies. Gun rights come with responsibilities for keeping guns out of the hands of people – including children – who could harm themselves or others. See our Highlights video on Gun Safety and the legislation the Oregon League is supporting this year HB 2505, HB 2251 and SB 501).

Improving Gun Safety – Video Highlights

Gun violence is a tragedy in our country. How can we make our homes, schools and communities safer?  In March 2017, the Portland League presented a panel discussion about gun safety. Click below for highlights of what the speakers said about preventing gun deaths in Oregon and constitutional gun safety laws we can adopt. Improving gun safety is a priority for us. See more about our current work.