Letter: New gun law has many weaknesses

Editor:

Oregon Senate Bill 719 calls for the forced confiscation of property – guns – by the police with no due process, no accusation or conviction of a crime.

The law, signed by the governor on Aug. 16, allows a court to prohibit a person from possessing a deadly weapon when a judge finds that person presents an imminent risk of suicide or causing injury to another person.

SB 719 allows people with no mental health credentials to make assessments of others’ states of mind and it allows people with no mental health credentials (judges) to punish people they have never met or spoken to.

The law authorizes “extreme risk protection orders” which temporarily forbid a person from possessing or purchasing weapons if they’re deemed an imminent threat to themselves or 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.

Wait, it gets worse: Gov. Kate Brown stalled the signing of this bill into law, which greatly limits the amount of days to gather signatures for mounting an initiative effort, thus depriving Oregonians of their constitutional rights.

Get active: go to http://www.repeal719.com.

You can read this Senate Bill 719 for yourself and get the petition — read the instructions, follow them carefully and sign the petition and send in to the address shown before September ends and this law goes into effect.

Peter Ready

Albany

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