Oregon sees dozens of gun-seizure orders in law's first year

Gun control debate

Dozens of petitions seeking to take away guns from potentially dangerous individuals were filed in Oregon during the first year of its new law.

Data provided by the Oregon Judicial Department shows 74 petitions for extreme risk protection orders were filed in 2018.

About two-thirds were filed by law enforcement officials, and one-third by family or household members. One petition was filed by an employer.

If a court finds "clear and convincing" evidence of a threat, a final order can be issued that takes away a person's gun rights for up to one year.

Typically, most petitions are granted, but data on that was not available.

In Washington, a report from the state court system shows that 77 final extreme risk protection orders were granted in Superior Courts from Jan. 1, 2018, through Oct. 12, the latest date available.

That far exceeds the 29 that were issued in all of 2017, the first year of its implementation.

Washington voters approved the law in a November 2016 ballot initiative. It allows law enforcement, family members and household members to file petitions seeking to take away gun rights from people who are threats to themselves and others. Final orders last up to one year.

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