New Oregon gun law is common sense

New Oregon gun law is common sense

editorial.jpg A new state law took effect Saturday that requires gun owners to lock up their firearms when they are not in their immediate control. If a gun is not secured, makes it into the wrong hands and later is used to injure a person or property, the gun owner is liable for damages. If a minor gains unauthorized access to an unsecured gun, the owner is guilty of a Class A violation if they knew or should have known that the minor could gain access. That may sound alarming to some, but the final language of the bill passed by the Legislature provides exceptions that protect gun owners from unwarranted penalties. To begin with, most responsible gun owners already lock up their firearms, especially if children are present. No one wants their gun to be used for the wrong purposes or to injure or kill an innocent person. But what if your minor child obtains your gun to protect themselves from an intruder and shoots the person? You’re not liable for that person’s injuries if they result from a lawful act of self defense or the defense of another person. If some other unauthorized person uses your gun in self-defense, you’re not liable for that either. What if a burglar breaks into your home and steals a gun, and later uses it to injure someone? Again, you’re not liable for that — as long as you promptly report the gun stolen. But wait — gun rights advocates generally […]

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