5 Oregon gun bills being debated right now

Taxpayer Association of Oregon


SB 554, work session held 2/25 and has not been scheduled for floor: SB 554 would authorize cities, counties, metropolitan service districts, port operating commercial airports, school districts, colleges or universities to adopt a policy limiting possession of firearms in public buildings, even with concealed handgun licensees.

HB 2510, in health care committee, public hearing on 3/11: This is the “safe storage” bill where the government is mandating private citizens on storage of firearms. It is in health care because OHA gets to make the decisions about what is considered “safe”. Offenses are punishable by a $500 fine or $2,000 if a minor obtains an improperly stored firearm. Those who do not secure firearms as required are strictly liable for injury to person or property within two years after violation. With this law, someone could go over to your house, see a firearm, and report an individual up to two years later.

HB 3055, public hearing on 2/9: Modifies, adds and repeals laws relating to transportation. The Port of Portland wants this so they can regulate firearms in a transportation setting. This was also a bill in the 2020 session, but it has been changed to apply it to all commercial airports.

HB 3268, referred to House Rules on 3/2: Prohibits possession of weapons in the Capitol by anyone, except by police officers or members of military performing duties. Breaking this law could result in a maximum of five years’ imprisonment, $125,000 fine, or both. Directs Legislative Administrator to develop and implement a policy for screening people entering the Capitol by security personnel. In other words: metal detectors.

HB 2543, in house judiciary, public hearing held on 2/18 and 3/4: Prohibits transfer of firearm by gun dealer or private party if Department of State Police is unable to determine whether recipient is qualified to receive firearm.