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Gov. Brown announces executive orders, legislative priorities to prevent gun violence

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Governor Kate Brown announced her new “Oregonians United to End Gun Violence” plan during a press conference outside of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum Friday to address gun safety in Oregon and across the country.

The new plan involves issuing an executive order, as well as work to pass gun safety measures during the 2017 legislative session.

Governor Brown issued an executive order to give Oregon State Police and local authorities more tools to track and analyze gun transactions in order to prevent illegal firearms sales, as well as keep guns from falling into the wrong hands.

The executive order also establishes a new work group to review and assess firearms-related domestic violence offenses, along with directing the Oregon Health Authority to report annually on gun violence and its effect on public health, and when warranted, recommend policies to increase gun safety in Oregon.

Governor Brown also expanded on her three legislative priorities during the 2017 session which includes:

  • Close the "Charleston Loophole"- Currently in Oregon, if the state police are unable to determine a person's eligibility to purchase a firearm within three days, current law requires sale approval. Governor Brown's goal is to make sure individuals who should not own a gun are not able to obtain one because the background check was not completed within the current timelines.
  • Close the "Boyfriend Loophole"- Governor Brown wants to expand the types of relationships that qualify under "domestic violence" charges to make sure those convicted of certain crimes of domestic violence or stalking will no longer have access to firearms.
  • Ban extended-capacity magazines- Outlaw the future purchases of extended-capacity magazines in Oregon.

Governor Brown was joined by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill, faith leaders, advocates for gun safety, and more than 30 other community leaders from across Oregon to call for an end to gun violence.

"Since I was sworn in as Governor 17 months ago, more than 600 Oregonians have died from violence inflicted by a gun," Governor Brown said. "Violence answers nothing, offers nothing, solves nothing. If we want to end violence, we must instill hope and create opportunity. I call on each of us, as Oregonians and as Americans, to join this call to end gun violence now."

Supporters of Governor Brown's "Oregonians United to End Gun Violence" plan include representatives from the following organizations:

  • Everytown for Gun Safety
  • Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership
  • Americans for Responsible Solutions 
  • Ceasefire Oregon
  • Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Volunteers of America Oregon
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Basic Rights Oregon
  • Q Center

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