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A Deep Dive on School Safety

A Deep Dive on School Safety

Gun Owners – A Threat to Schools?

The Oregonian recently ran a story about school safety called “Targeted: A Family and the Quest to Stop the Next School Shooter.” As school shootings have become all too common recently, most school districts are on high alert. Administrators now have detailed protocols and checklists to profile students and hopefully prevent tragedies.

How do you think we can best protect our schools?

If you have not read this story, we recommend that you do. Then, please send us your comments and feedback on the pressure schools are facing and how that affects the rights of law-abiding gun owners in Oregon.

Read the full story here.

Tell us what you think. Write to us on Facebook or send an email to director@ogo.org.

Gun Sales Down Under Pro-Gun President

Industry News

Gun Sales Down Under Pro-Gun President

Following Obama’s election in 2008, gun sales surged amid fears of new gun control laws. While gun owners are celebrating a pro-gun Republican in the White House, it hasn’t been good for gun sales in 2018. A new wave of gun violence and a media paying close attention to mass shootings has reignited national calls for increased gun control in America. Yet, no national gun control laws have materialized and prospective gun owners have not been driven to buy guns due to a fear of bans on popular military style firearms. As American demographics change, hunting and sport shooting become less popular, and lawsuits against gun makers become more prevalent from counties and cities attempting to recover legal fees and damages. The firearms industry is facing an uphill battle in the rest of 2018 and beyond.

Sales are down nationwide, and the number of gun shops and dealers is down by as much as two-thirds in some areas. While there are a number of determining factors, one major reason may be a decrease in crime. Doug Painter of the National Shooting Sports Foundation said, “The non-traditional buyer who was buying for self-defense or, for home protection, isn’t there as much because violent crime has been going down so much.” Gun crime has significantly gone down in most areas of America since its peak in 1993, and as a result less people feel incentivized to buy as many first time gun buyers cite protection as their number one reason to buy.

Another factor experts have cited is a shift in the American political landscape. As much of Congress is now controlled by Republican lawmakers, gun buyers do not fear the introduction of legislation that might negatively affect their Second Amendment rights. Following the Sandy Hook shooting, Remington’s sales increased 36 percent due to fear of stricter regulations on models similar to the Remington ARC, or the Bushmaster XM15-E2S used by the perpetrator.

Currently, the firearm industry is protected from civil claims from victims of gun violence under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) of 2005, with some exceptions such as malfunction. Local governments are suing the gun industry increasingly often in an attempt recoup legal damages they say were caused by gun violence. Smith & Wesson is one manufacturer who faced such a suit and settled, but faced strong backlash from customers for paying a settlement in the case. The financial damage from cases like this is clear: in 2004, Smith & Wesson was acquired for $112 million; in 2018 it was purchased for only $45 million. Remington, America’s oldest gun company, recently filed for bankruptcy, and Colt’s Manufacturing went through bankruptcy in 2017.

The gun industry is now working hard to diversify its products with outdoor gear, gun accessories, guns geared towards women, and even company name changes to attract a new generation of not only gun owners, but sportsmen as well. Gun manufacturers have often avoided the economic plights faced by other industries due to consumer fear driving demand. However, with a pro-gun Republican in the White House, the gun industry will need to find new ways to attract new customers and drive sales to remain profitable.

Gun Control Ballot Measures Defeated (For Now)

Gun Control Ballot Measures Defeated (For Now)

Both IP 43 and IP 44 are off the ballot for 2018.

The withdrawal of Oregon gun control ballot measures in 2018 is great news. However, the sponsors of both initiatives announced that they plan to lobby their proposals as bills in the 2019 legislative session and, if necessary, refile in 2020 as ballot measures.

The Oregon Supreme Court said the ballot title for IP 43 was misleading and could confuse voters. IP 43 would have banned most semi-automatic guns and severely restricted legal magazine sizes. The Court sent IP 43 back to the Attorney General on June 27 for redrafting. However, with more than 88,000 signatures due by July 6, petitioners were forced to concede for 2018.

The Oregon Supreme Court approved the title for IP 44, which would have changed firearms storage laws and imposed penalties and liabilities on improperly stored guns. On June 20, the backers of IP 44 stated they would not be pursing signature collection due to a lack of adequate time to collect signatures.

The OGO Lobby Team is engaged, ready to fight for the rights of gun owners. Please donate to OGO so we can elect pro-gun candidates and support our lobby effort.

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