Kevin Starrett from the Oregon Firearms Federation brought something to my attention recently that most people are not aware of. There is a proposal in Portland that would change the game for gun owners who are hit with a restraining order. It would require anyone who owns a gun and gets hit with a restraining order to give those guns up, and they can't contest it!
The city of Portland, Multnomah County's courts and Sheriff's Office are close to inking a deal that would close a loophole in existing gun law.
In domestic violence cases, judges can compel a person subject to a restraining order to surrender firearms. But Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman says most Portland-area judges don't.
"I think the biggest barrier is there's no teeth to it right now," Saltzman says. "The civil deputies who serve the restraining order, they don't have the ability to compel someone to surrender firearms. We're going to put a little more teeth into that."
Saltzman has brokered an agreement that would require guns be given up one of three ways: surrender them to a civil deputy when the order is served, give the guns to a third party who's passed a background check, or drop them off at one of three local police offices.
Subjects would have thirty days. If they don't comply, they could be held in contempt of court. At that point, deputies could seize the weapons.
Saltzman says a few more details remain to be worked out, but he hopes it can go into effect in March.
There's still a lot of unknowns in this law. When do you get your guns back? Will they be destroyed or stored when turned in to police? All I know, is that this proposed change stinks. But what else would we expect in Havana-on-the-Willamette?
Check out the interview with Kevin Starrett. What do you think about this proposed rule change?