REMARKS AS PREPARED
Governor Kate Brown
HB 2013 Signing Remarks
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Thank you for that kind introduction.
I am so pleased to be here today to sign HB 2013 into law. It represents another forward step in improving Oregon’s common-sense gun laws. Each session, we do a little bit more to improve upon the safety of Oregonians from gun violence.
HB 2013 makes a handful of changes to existing law while protecting the due process rights of gun owners.
The deadly combination of guns and domestic violence is well-documented. While mass shootings make headlines, it is all too common that gun violence occurs behind closed doors and away from TV cameras.
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 weapons that are never discharged have an outsized impact. The mere presence — and threat — of a firearm is used to control partners in abusive relationships.
And they can have ripple effects outside the relationship. Friends, family, loved ones, and law enforcement know well the power of fear that firearms in the wrong hands brings.
Like many here today, I have met with and talked to the families who have lost loved ones because an abuser had easy access to a gun.
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. Nic was recently awarded the medal of valor by the president. However, his path there was through 20 surgeries to try to regain a sense of normalcy, knowing 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, just as the Oregonians who have buried their loved ones.
We honor their memories by ensuring that no one else lives in fear from firearms in the wrong hands.
I look forward to working with you on further steps to make every Oregonian free from the fear of gun violence.