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Posted By FFL Dealer Network on 02/22/2019 in Firearm News

New Oregon Gun Control Bills

New Oregon Gun Control Bills

Bills pending in the Oregon legislature propose some of the most draconian rules yet seen for this Pacific Northwest state, at least among the rules that have a realistic chance of seeing daylight. 


Senate Bill 501 is being pushed by a group called Students for Change, a far-left gun control group with political aspirations beyond Oregon. They lobbied for Stacy Abrams' bid to be governor of Georgia. 

Abrams lost. 

The bill wants to make everyone buying a gun get a permit from the local sheriff. The sheriff has to issue a permit within 30 days, unless he "has reasonable grounds to believe that the applicant has been or is reasonably likely to be a danger to self or others, or to the community at large, as a result of the applicant’s mental or psychological state or as demonstrated by the applicant’s past pattern of behavior involving unlawful violence or threats of unlawful violence," says the bill. No other guidelines are given for determining a person's mental stability. 

If the permit is denied, the person can go to court to try and have the decision overturned. 

Permits are valid for 90 days and apply to one gun 

Unless the gun is "carried within reach," the gun has to be in a locked container or secured with a lock. 

Other parts of the bill are: 

  • Mags of more than 5 rounds are banned. These can be fixed or detachable. These are called "large-capacity magazines."
  • Calls for background checks for buying ammo.
  • Limit ammo buys to 20 rounds for any 30-day period.
  • Puts a waiting period of up to 14 days on any gun purchase. 


House Bill 2251 was introduced at the request of Oregon Governor Kate Brown. It sees to ban, specifically by name, a host of firearms. 

Just in case a firearms maker decides to make a clone, the bill adds banned guns include, "a copy or duplicate of a firearm described in paragraph (a)(A) or (B) of this subsection with the same capability as the copied or duplicated firearm." 

Also banned: 

  • Folding stocks 
  • Pistol grips, to include thumbhole stocks 
  • Flash suppressor 
  • Fixed mags of more than 10 rounds 
  • Any centerfire rifle less than 30-inches long 
  • Anything that could make a gun into an "assault rifle" as defined by the bill. 
  • Sets an age limit of 21 to buy an "assault rifle." 
  • Puts up to 30-days delay on gun buys, 

The bill has an extensive list of appeal procedures if someone is denied the right to buy a gun. 


Oregon Senate Bill 275 and House Bill 2505 are identical bills introduced in both chambers of the Oregon legislature. 

This bill requires guns either be locked or secured unless a responsible person "is in sufficiently close proximity to the firearm to prevent another person from obtaining the firearm." It does not say how close this has to be, 

Other provisions are: 

  • Loss or theft has to be reported within 24 hours or the owner is subject to arrest. 
  • Requires the Attorney General to come up with rules about what kinds of trigger locks, cable locks and storage containers are sufficient to meet the law's storage requirements. 


In terms of harsh measures, Senate Bill 87 is actually fairly tame. Parts of it are already in federal law and federal regulation. The bill requires a gun buyer to be at least 21. The age limit on handguns is already 21 under the federal system. A federal firearms license holder can set that age even higher under this bill. 

"A gun dealer or a person transferring a firearm, ammunition or a firearm component at a gun show may establish a minimum age for the purchase of firearms, ammunition or firearm components, provided that the minimum age is at least 21 years," says the bill. 

BATF already says a federal firearms license holder can refuse to sell a gun to anyone without giving a reason. Here is more information on FFL responsibilities.

Watch below for a short video about these proposals published by Radian Weapons.

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