Media Room

REMARKS AS PREPARED

Governor Kate Brown
HB 2013 Testimony – Firearm Domestic Violence Prevention
Tuesday, April 2, 2019


Gun violence tears apart our communities, devastating families and households throughout Oregon.

We all know that while mass shootings make headlines, it is all too common that gun violence occurs behind closed doors.

The deadly combination of guns and domestic violence is well-documented.  The very presence of a firearm in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a woman will be shot and killed.

Even if the trigger is never pulled, we know that the mere presence of a firearm controls and threatens partners in abusive relationships. 

House Bill 2013 seeks to improve the lives and safety of Oregonians by making a handful of changes to existing law while protecting the due process rights of gun owners. 

First, it ensures that — after proper service of a temporary restraining order — a court can order that an abuser be barred from possessing guns.

This closes a loophole in our law, and one that we know from talking with law enforcement officers in our state is exploited.

Merely failing to appear for court, if all other procedures are properly followed, should not protect an abuser’s right to retain their guns.

Secondly, the bill continues the good work of many individual counties by establishing statewide relinquishment protocols. These protocols ensure that convicted domestic abusers have a number of options to get rid of the guns they can no longer lawfully possess.

Like many of you here today, I have met with and talked to the families who have lost loved ones because an abuser had easy access to firearms.

Just over two years ago, I visited Oregon State Trooper Nic Cederberg in the hospital after he had been shot 12 times. The shooter was a domestic abuser. He had murdered his estranged wife and committed suicide but not before seriously injuring Trooper Cederberg. To date, he has undergone over 20 surgeries to try to regain a sense of normalcy, but he will never return to his chosen profession.

Trooper Cederberg’s life and career will be forever impacted by the actions taken by the perpetrator that night, as will the Oregonians who have buried their loved ones.

As the Governor of this state, I cannot stand by while the lives of citizens and law enforcement officers are taken by domestic abusers. It is absolutely unacceptable. We can do better. 

Each session, we do a little bit more to improve upon the safety of Oregonians from gun violence. Today, please join me in supporting House Bill 2013 so that we can take additional decisive steps toward keeping guns out of the wrong hands.

Thank you.