Protect your family; protect SB 719
On January 1, 2018, Oregon families will finally have the right to protect their loved ones and themselves when a family member is in crisis. Shockingly, two Oregon politicians and the gun lobby who financially supports them, think that you should not have the right to take action to prevent a tragedy in your own family.
This summer, the Oregon legislature passed SB 719, Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO). ERPOs allow families and law enforcement to prevent tragedies by asking a court to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms. This action can only be taken if there is documented evidence that a person is threatening harm to self or others. The law ensures all parties receive due process.
Two Oregon politicians think they know your family better than you do.
Oregon politicians Bill Post and Mike Nearman, along with a local gun lobby, are trying to undermine your right to prevent a firearm tragedy. They are working to gather more than 58,000 signatures by October 5, 2017, in an attempt to repeal SB 719 on the November 2018 ballot.
SB 719 is a bipartisan effort by Oregon state senators Brian Boquist [R-12] and Ginny Burdick [D-18] to reduce Oregon’s high rate of firearm suicide and the horrifying domestic violence in Oregon. Senator Boquist personally understands the terrible loss of suicide; his stepson, a U.S. military veteran, committed suicide with a firearm.
Oregon families have a right to protect their loved ones when help is needed.
What you can do to protect SB 719 and your family:
- Learn the warning signs of suicide or other violence.
- Do NOT sign a petition to repeal SB 719 or to put SB 719 on a ballot.
- Share the facts about SB 719 and ERPO with your family and friends.
- Write a letter to the editor supporting SB 719. Feel free to use talking points from Ceasefire Oregon’s website.
- Share this message with your friends.
Time and again, family members have been afraid that a loved one would commit an act of violence but were unable to take action. The Isla Vista, Cafe Racer, Jewish Federation,Tuscon, and the Ft. Lauderdale airport shooters all gave significant warnings of their intentions to kill. Their family members were not permitted to act. ERPOs give families a way to protect their loved ones before a tragedy occurs.
Families often see the warning signs of violence before anyone else does. Let’s make sure they have the ability to make the necessary decisions to protect their loved ones and themselves.
Learn more about firearm-suicide here. For more information about SB 719, Extreme Risk Protection Orders, visit our website.
Families know first. ERPOs save lives.
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