What follows is an important alert for anyone who has, or plans to get, a concealed handgun license. We ask that you take action on this bill as soon as possible. We also ask that you take a moment to see this update on the ATF’s complicity in trafficking guns to criminal gangs. We have good reason to believe this is going on right here in Oregon.
As you know, a bill to protect the private information of concealed handgun license holders has received a hearing in the Oregon House and is scheduled to be acted on on March 8th.
The two bills are the same and we are hoping for a favorable outcome in both Houses.
Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and request that they pass SB 582 out of committee.
It is very important that the bill pass with no poison pill amendments that will render it useless as happened in 2009.
If you are a CHL holder and would like to testify on the bill, the hearing is scheduled for 8.30 am in room 343 at the Capitol. As always, schedules can change, so consider contacting the committee before traveling long distances. A sample message follows.
SB 582 is important and much needed legislation to protect the privacy of concealed handgun license holders.
The information on concealed handgun license applications is not a record of “government activity” which should be shared with the public. It is private and sensitive information which should only be shared for legitimate law enforcement purposes. These lists have already been used by some for direct mail fundraising campaigns. I urge you to protect the privacy of your constituents and vote in favor of SB 582 with no amendments that will undermine its effectiveness.