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VICTORY FOR GUN SAFETY:  Following Advocacy by Oregon Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action, Governor Tina Kotek Signs Legislation to Prohibit Ghost Guns 

August 21, 2023

This Session, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action Volunteers and Supporters Sent More Than 16,000 Emails to Lawmakers and Rallied with Legislative Leaders to Advocate for Stronger Gun Laws 

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots network, issued the following statement after Oregon Governor Tina Kotek signed HB 2005, legislation prohibiting untraceable ghost guns and their essential component parts. Ghost guns represent one of the fastest-growing gun safety problems facing our country.

“Ghost guns have become the wishlist of violent criminals and today we make clear these weapons have no place on our streets,” said Hilary Uhlig, chapter leader of the Oregon chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Today Oregon continues to demonstrate that strong gun laws save lives. We thank our gun sense champions in the legislature for their steadfast leadership and Governor Tina Kotek for her unwavering commitment to the well-being of Oregon families.” 

In an average year, 587 people die and 617 are wounded by guns in Oregon. With a rate of 13.0 deaths per 100,000 people, the state has the 34th-highest rate of gun deaths in the US. Each year, gun violence costs Oregon $8.1 billion, of which $89.1 million is paid by taxpayers. More information about gun violence in Oregon is available here.

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