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04.21.11 SENATE SHUFFLE BRINGS NEW GUN CONTROL?

SENATE BILL GETS TANKED. DEMS PLAN TO USE PRO-GUN HOUSE BILLS TO PROMOTE GUN CONTROL.

Senate Bill 934, scheduled, once again, for a work session today in the Senate Judiciary Committee, was shelved after the chairman, Floyd Prozanski, determined that the amendments he had requested where “not ready for prime time.” Instead, Prozanski plans to use pro-gun House bills that have already passed the House and been assigned to his committee, to include new gun restrictions.

Once bills pass one chamber, either the House or Senate, they are assigned to a committee in the other chamber. There they can be amended into nearly anything.

Three bills have already passed the House and been sent to Prozanski’s committee: HB 2787, HB 2792, and HB 2797.

Today Prozanski announced that on Thursday, April 28, some or all of those bills would be amended to include anti-gun provisions. One that he mentioned was a new “no guns in schools” element. He used the term “campus”, so we don’t know if he will be attempting to outlaw guns in all schools or just on college campuses. If it is colleges he is after, it’s an ironic time to do it. Our lawsuit against the Oregon University System is awaiting a decision in the Oregon Appeals Court and more and more states are promoting legislation to allow guns on college campuses.

Oregon would be making a great leap backward.

Prozanski also mentioned a proposed change in the law that allows felons in Oregon to request firearms rights restoration. We have received unconfirmed reports that there may even be an attempt to use our motorcycle/atv bill to introduce more restrictions when carrying on those vehicles.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to see amendments to bills until they are actually adopted. It is now not uncommon for legislators who are being asked to vote on bills to not have copies of them. We never have seen the amendments to SB 934. It is quite possible that we will not be able to tell you in advance exactly what changes are being proposed for the House Bills you worked so hard to pass, but it is safe to say, based on the makeup of the Democratic Party’s leadership in the Senate, that they won’t be good.

We are facing the very real prospect that every positive action taken in the House will be reversed in Prozanski’s committee. Not only will the gains we’ve made likely be overturned, but our bills could become successful vehicles for new rights restrictions. We clearly have a fight on our hands.

Please take a moment to contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and tell them not to use the good bills the House has passed as a vehicle for more restrictions on your rights.

You can reach them all by email using this link.

If you have any problems using that link, or your browser does not connect directly to your email program, their individual contact and a sample message info follows:

Floyd Prozanski
900 Court St. NE, S-417
Salem, OR 97301
Capitol Phone:
503-986-1704
sen.floydprozanski@state.or.us

Jeff Kruse
900 Court St. NE, S-315
Salem, OR 97301
Capitol Phone:
503-986-1701
sen.jeffkruse@state.or.us

Suzanne Bonamici
900 Court St. NE, S-403
Salem, OR 97301
Capitol Phone:
503-986-1717
sen.suzannebonamici@state.or.us

Jackie Dingfelder
900 Court St. NE, S-407
Salem, OR 97301
Capitol Phone:
503-986-1723
sen.jackiedingfelder@state.or.us

Doug Whitsett
900 Court St. NE, S-303
Salem, OR 97301
Capitol Phone:
503-986-1728
sen.dougwhitsett@state.or.us

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Dear Senator,

I am deeply concerned that bills passed in the House to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners will be used by your committee to institute new restrictions on my rights.

The House Bill passed by wide margins and reflects the desires of the people of Oregon. I strongly urge you not to turn back the clock on gun rights in Oregon.

Yours,

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