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Gun Confiscation Law Effective January 1st, 2018

A new gun-control law in Oregon will take effect January 1st, 2018. The law is generating mixed opinions.

Posted: Dec. 28, 2017 9:50 PM
Updated: Dec. 28, 2017 11:19 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.-- A recently passed gun law is going into effect January 1st, 2018. 

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The law has been a topic of debate for many. 

The law allows police or a member of a someone's family to file a petition with the court if they believe the person poses an imminent risk to themselves or others.

A judge can then examine the person's history and issue an Extreme Risk Protection Order which would force the subject to surrender all of their guns.

"My opinion is it's not constitutional, it's a total abuse of power."

Supporters say it gives families a way to get weapons away from people who may hurt themselves or others.
Opponents see it as a form of gun control.
An effort to repeal the new law failed in October.
Petitioners didn't get enough signatures in time.

"I would say it's kind of unfair in a way, but if the person is mentally unstable then yeah, you should take their guns away."

The decision to require someone to give up a gun will ultimately come down to a judge.
After a family member files for an order - a judge will make the decision based off that person's past.

If a judge decides someone is not fit to own a gun they are required to turn any firearms they own over to law enforcement within 24 hours.

The subject of the order has 30 days to request a hearing to keep their firearms, which must be held within 21 days.

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