Trio takes aim at Oregon’s suicide-prevention gun law

Lawmakers have until Thursday to get signatures

Guns on sale at a Portland gun store. October 27, 2016, (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Three Republican politicians hope to overturn a new Oregon law that makes it easier to take guns away from people considered at risk of suicide.

Republican House members Bill Post and Mike Nearman along with 2016 House candidate Teri Grier filed Referendum 302 in August in an attempt to defeat the “Extreme Risk Protection Order” or Senate Bill 719.

Senate Bill 719 bans people from buying or owning guns or ammunition if they’re deemed a risk to themselves or others.

It was passed earlier this year and signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown. When it goes into effect Jan. 1, it will allow a police officer or a family member to petition the courts to keep guns away from that person at risk for one year.

If a judge decides that person is a risk, they must turn over their guns within 24 hours to law enforcement.

The law also states that if someone is filing for an Extreme Risk Protection Order just to harass someone or provide false information, they could face jail time.

Opponents said the law violates their Second Amendment rights and want voters to have their say on it.

The lawmakers have until Thursday to gather up all the signatures they need for their “Say No to 719” initiative. If they can do that, the issue could go before voters — which would likely take place in November 2018.

The Associated Press contributed to this report