Attempts at overturning Oregon’s Extreme Risk Protection Order did not get the necessary amount of signatures to be able to go in front of voters.
Known as the “Say No to 719” initiative, the action’s goal was to repeal the entire Extreme Risk Protection Order. Unfortunately, the organizers came up short – very short – in the signatures department. They were only able to obtain about 25,000 signatures by Thursday – very short of the 58,789 signatures from registered voters that are necessary in order to qualify for the 2018 ballot.
Republican House members Bill Post and Mike Nearman, along with 2016 House candidate Teri Grier, were leading the charge on “Say No to 719.” According to Guns.com:
“It wasn’t for lack of support,” said Nearman in a statement. “We just simply did not have enough time. I blame Governor Kate Brown for that,” he said, explaining that since they could not begin gathering signatures until Brown signed the measure on Aug. 15, and as they had 90 days from the end of the session on July 7 in which to circulate petitions, were constrained by a very short window.
The purpose of the Extreme Risk Protection Order law is to allow individuals to ask a civil court judge to prohibit the subject from owning or purchasing firearms or ammunition for an entire year. The Order also allows police to search and seize firearms. These firearms include ones the owner has refused to surrender, and ones given to a third party within 24 hours. The subject, in turn, has a total of 30 days to ask for a hearing to try to keep their firearms. The hearing must occur within 21 days.
Washington California have adopted similar laws. The Order was able to pass the Oregon Legislature without a single Republican vote.