PORTLAND, Ore. – Local leaders say they have a plan to get guns out of the hands of those who have domestic violence restraining orders filed against them.
It involves stepping up enforcement and accountability under laws already on the books.
“We take domestic violence and our respective roles to protect victims and their children very very seriously”, said Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who worked with law enforcement and local domestic violence support services to focus on the issue.
In the past, enforcement of the no firearm order had been lax. Now, if someone is served a restraining order banning possession of firearms, they have just 48 hours to turn their guns over to officers.
They also will have new places to go to turn over their firearms. And they can turn the weapons over to a third party, such as a friend, if that friend passes a background check.
But they may be prosecuted if they don’t follow through with following the firearm ban.
Commissioner Saltzman’s office released more information on the stepped up enforcement, including where those who need to can turn over their guns. Firearms are held until the person can legally possess them again.