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Bill/Issue: OR SB 817 - Mandatory Safe Storage

  • Position: Opposed
  • Author: Sen. Burdick (D-18) & Rep. Williamson (D-36)

Summary: SB 817 would leave gun owners unable to quickly respond to threats in their own home. When seconds matter, SB 817 would force gun owners to store their firearms in safes or render them in such a manner that they couldn’t be quickly used. SB 817 would also make it a crime for a gun dealer to sell to a person they know has previously broken this law.

SB 817 would mandate that all firearms be stored in approved safes or with an approved trigger locking device. If caught not complying then a person could be subject to 364 days imprisonment, a $6,250 fine, or both. A second violation carries a maximum five years in prison, $125,000 fine, or both. SB 817 would burden gun dealers with the same punishments if they were to sell to a person who had within the last five year been convicted of this crime.