State of Safety is committed to making our communities and our homes safe from gun violence.

We are an evidence-based, nonpartisan, voice for Oregon’s gun safety community. We seek to collaborate with national and other Oregon-based organizations committed to reducing gun violence. We value constructive dialogue and diverse perspectives, recognizing there are many ways to make our state safer.


Henry Wessinger, Executive Director

A fifth-generation Oregonian and descendant of pioneer brewer Henry Weinhard, Wessinger is a graduate of University of Oregon and holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

After retiring from a 32-year career in financial services, Henry committed to working on the reduction of gun violence in Oregon following the February 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.  Previous public service includes leadership positions on nonprofit boards in the fields of education, conservation, and the arts. An active hiker, Henry solo hiked the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2015.