Last week Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill participated in the Prosecutor’s Against Gun Violence (PAGV) Manhattan Summit. PAGV is a diverse coalition of prosecutors working toward policy solutions to the national public health and safety crisis of gun violence. Following the summit, PAGV Co-chairs Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. along with New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill hosted a press conference to highlight, among other things, the groups’ opposition to the pending federal Concealed Carry Reciprocity legislation.
House Bill H.R. 38 and the Senate Bill S.446 introduced to Congress in 2017 would require states to recognize the concealed carry permits of gun owners from all other states. Because many states have weak or no concealed carry laws, these bills would allow many dangerous individuals who have not had a background check, or have no permit at all, to carry loaded guns in Oregon and around the country. The bill would also allow those denied concealed carry permits to obtain out-of-state permits and then carry in the originating state they were denied.
District Attorney Underhill spoke during the press conference in opposition of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity legislation and highlighted his support of Oregon’s recent efforts in the area of gun dispossession for those with certain domestic violence convictions and those subject to Court ordered dispossession involving restraining orders. Further, District Attorney Underhill talked about his, and others including Oregon Senators Burdick and Boquist’s work on 2017 Oregon legislation surrounding the need for Oregon to adopt Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO; SB 868). The ERPO is for certain critical circumstances when a family member or law enforcement brings to the attention of the Court, another member of the family presents an imminent risk or risk in the near future of suicide or causing injury to another person. We have a chance to protect the person, family members, and members of the community.