In the Oregon Legislature today, gun control efforts are multifaceted. This week a bill further regulating firearm possessions for domestic abusers has moved to the full Oregon Senate.
If passed, Senate Bill 525 would prevent those convicted of domestic abuse or currently under a restraining order from owning a firearm.
According to the bill sponsor, Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson, there is no state law currently preventing domestic abusers from owning a gun.
Though a federal law currently exists preventing convicted domestic abusers from owning a firearm, there is no statute in Oregon legislation that matches the federal law.
Of the domestic violence related deaths in Oregon last year, 70 percent of those were killed with a firearm, according to the Oregon Alliance to End Violence Against Women.
“Research shows that domestic abusers who possess guns tend to use them as part of their pattern of abuse, as a ready threat to further violence and as a tool for psychological control and mistreatment,” State Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum told the Senate Committee on Judiciary, according to the Statesman Journal.
Opponents of the bill say that it takes the definition of domestic violence too far and thus undermines the real threat of domestic abuse.
“So if a person gets into a shoving match with an obnoxious brother-in-law, under this bill they’ll be treated like a wife-beater,” said Kevin Starrett, executive director of the Oregon Firearms Federation. “We believe this demeans real acts of domestic violence.”
The Senate Committee on Rules approved the bill 4-0 on Tuesday.