City and county leaders in the Portland area are coming together today, to announce a common-sense step to address the epidemic of domestic violence.
“One of the best tools to combat domestic violence already exists, and we want to begin implementing it,” said Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “Existing state law allows the court to restrict an individual who is subject to a domestic violence restraining order from possessing a firearm. It’s time to take this important step to protect the victims of domestic violence.”
Saltzman will be joined Tuesday by Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Multnomah County Circuit Court Presiding Judge Nan Waller, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill, Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton and Portland Police Chief Mike Reese. All are announcing new procedures to implement state law regarding firearms surrender when an individual is under a domestic violence restraining order.
“The studies are conclusive,” Mayor Hales said. “Domestic violence victims are more likely to die when guns are around. We’re not asking for any new law. We are enforcing existing laws.”
Under Oregon law, the court may restrict anyone who is subject to a restraining order from possessing firearms, when the court deems the step necessary to protect the safety and welfare of a restraining order applicant, and any child or children in the applicant’s custody.
When a judge issues such an order in Multnomah County, the restrained individual is served with the order by the Multnomah County Sheriff.
Under the new protocols, the restrained individual will also be able turn unloaded firearms to law enforcement at three locations in Multnomah County, or to an approved third party. In addition, compliance with the court’s orders regarding firearms possession will be closely monitored and tracked by law enforcement and the District Attorney. A person deemed non-compliant with the Court’s order could be found in contempt of court.
The city, county and court officials will be on hand Tuesday to discuss the collaboration and to take questions.
What: Press event on Firearms and Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
When: 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 4
Where: City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Ave, 3rd Floor Rose Room, Portland, OR 97204
Shannon Callahan, Office of Commissioner Saltzman: (503) 823-3031, Shannon.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dana Haynes, Office of Mayor Hales: (503) 823-4799, email@example.com