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Oregon Bill Would Allow People To Petition Courts To Remove Family Members' Guns

Chris Lehman
Northwest News Network

Oregonians could petition a court to revoke the gun rights of a household member in crisis under a bill approved Monday in the Oregon Senate.

The measure would allow people to go before a judge and make the case that someone they live with is an imminent threat to themselves or others and should have their guns removed. If the judge agrees, the person who is subject to the protection order could appeal the ruling.

One of the bill's sponsors is Republican Sen. Brian Boquist.

"We're only trying to target those individuals who unfortunately want to commit suicide, and unfortunately may murder their spouse that's in the house, their children that's in the house, or their roommate,” he said.

The measure is similar to an initiative approved by Washington voters last year.

Opponents said the bill would result in guns being taken from innocent people and would do little to prevent suicide.

It now heads to the Oregon House.

Copyright 2017 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman covers the Oregon state capitol for JPR as part of the Northwest News Network, a group of 12 Northwest public radio organizations which collaborate on regional news coverage. Chris graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He began his career producing arts features for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana and has been a reporter/announcer for NPR station WNIJ in DeKalb, Illinois. Chris has also reported from overseas, filing stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.