Why Repeal Senate Bill 719?

Oregon Senate Bill 719 calls for the forced confiscation of property by the police with NO due process, NO accusation of a crime let alone conviction of a crime. It allows people with NO mental health credentials to make assessments of other’s states of mind and it allows people with no mental health credentials (judges) to punish people they have never met or spoken to.

Furthermore it actually forbids judges from considering assessments of the respondents mental health by people who actually DO have mental health credentials. The law allows a judge to confiscate every firearm in a household because one person there has ever has a DUI conviction.

  • The law provides NO help whatsoever for a person who has been accused of being suicidal. In fact, an amendment that would have called for some minimal intervention was not even considered. 
  • The law provides NO protection for people who are living in the household of a person who has been accused of being a danger to others.
  • The law provides NO guidance for the police who are tasked with confiscating the firearms of the person who has not been accused of or tried for a crime.
  • The law requires the accused only 24 hours to turn over firearms even though in many cases that is not possible. That 24 hour window is clearly a time of extreme danger in the event the respondent actually IS a danger to self or others.
  • The law defines NO provisions for determining how many firearms the respondent has, or how to assure they have all been seized:
  • Worst of all, Governor Kate Brown stalled signing this bill into law which greatly limited the amount of days to gather signatures, thus depriving Oregonians of their constitutional rights.

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