The League of Women Voters of Lincoln County will host speakers from Ceasefire Oregon at their regular meeting on November 10, beginning at 11:45 am. The event will be held in the public meeting room in the Newport Public Library. Ceasefire Oregon’s Executive Director, Penny Okamoto, will offer an introduction to the organization’s mission and history, along with a summary of the group’s “Plan to Cut Gun Violence,” in keeping with the League’s positions regarding gun safety issues.
The presentation will include a review of Governor Kate Brown’s call for gun violence prevention, including her Executive Order and the list of proposed bills that she supports, as well as a discussion of possible bills for the 2017 Oregon legislative session. Ceasefire Oregon is supporting efforts to increase standards of gun ownership, enhance accountability of federally licensed firearms dealers, and improve safety standards for gun and gun ownership.
The League of Women Voters is a grassroots, nonpartisan political organization which encourages informed and active participation in government to build better communities statewide. The state League’s purposes include efforts to influence public policy through education and advocacy. In 2016 the League supported two bills related to gun safety, although only one was successful. The “Charleston Loophole” bill (HB 4147) passed the House, but stalled in the Senate. The second bill, HB 4075, recommended a School Safety Task Force and established a statewide school safety hotline. The 2016-17 budget also allocated $1 million to strengthen enforcement of the 2015 firearm background check law.
The Lincoln County LWV meets on the second Thursday of each month, at the Newport Public Library, from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm. The group will not be meeting at their regular time and place in December. Interested individuals are always welcome to attend and membership is not limited by gender, despite the organization’s official name.