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2011 Bills and Drafts

* Indicates a bill that was drafted or requested by OFF.

All Bills Introduced In The 2011 Session.

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SB 70
Authorizes Department of State Police to establish fee schedules to cover costs of obtaining, maintaining and providing criminal identification records and information.

*NEW SB 347. Prohibits public body from releasing information that identifies holder of or applicant for concealed handgun license. Authorizes disclosure for criminal justice purposes or pursuant to court order.

SB 582Prohibits public body from releasing information that identifies holder of or applicant for concealed handgun license.

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SB 659 Prohibits manufacturing, selling or rebuilding firearm without chamber load indicator.
Prohibits manufacturing, selling or rebuilding semiautomatic pistol without magazine disconnect mechanism.
Prohibits removing or disabling chamber load indicator or magazine disconnect mechanism.
Punishes violation by maximum of one year’s imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both. Punishes sub- sequent violations by maximum of five years’ imprisonment, $125,000 fine, or both.
Becomes operative January 1, 2013.
We feel no need to explain how demented this one is.
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SB 762 Allows persons convicted of felony to petition for restoration of firearm rights not sooner than 10 years after date of conviction or date person completes sentence, whichever is later.

This bill will reverse the gains we made in 2009 with SB 603.
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SB 807 Prohibits public body from releasing information that identifies holder of or applicant for concealed handgun license. Authorizes disclosure for criminal justice purposes or pursuant to court order.

CHL Privacy. Senate version.
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SB 917 Creates crime of unlawfully transferring large capacity magazine. Punishes by maximum of one year’s imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both.

Self explanatory stupidity.
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SB 920 Creates crime of endangering a minor by allowing access to a firearm.
Punishes by maximum of one year’s imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both.
Prohibits transfer of firearm to person convicted of endangering a minor
by allowing access to a firearm for five-year period after conviction.
Requires gun dealer to post notice concerning obligation to prevent minors
from accessing firearm without consent of firearm owner or minor’s
parent or guardian.

Just one more “lock up your self defense” bill.
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SB 934 Removes Department of State Police as designated state point of contact for purposes of National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Requires gun dealer to obtain authorization to transfer firearm directly from system.

See HB 2791 below.
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SB 5538  Approves certain new or increased fees adopted by Department of State Police. Declares emergency, effective July 1, 2011.

Increases fees for background checks on gun purchases from $10 to $26.00. Increases fingerprint fees for CHL’s from $15.00 to $29.00.

HB 2080 
   Requires that certain court orders indicate that person subject to order is barred from possessing receiving shipping or transporting firearm or firearm ammunition.

This is an odd one. Not sure what the implications are. We are watching it.

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HB 2415 Directs Department of State Police to adopt rules identifying states that allow holder of Oregon concealed handgun license to carry concealed handgun and have substantially similar eligibility requirements.

Could be good, but the State Police have an abysmal record in recognizing other states’ permits. In the past, even when they could, they refused to. Maybe times have changed.

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HB 2418 Requires Department of State Police to destroy records obtained during criminal records checks within 24 hours of approving certain transfers of firearms.

In light of the abuses they have been responsible for in the past, we’d prefer that they destroy them immediately. Of course it would be better if they did not have these records in the first place. If we are saddled with a system that makes you ask permission for a  “right” there is no reason they should have any info on the gun you bought.

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HB 2419 Exempts certain transferors of firearm from requesting criminal history record check if purchaser or recipient has concealed handgun license.

While we support this, we think everyone should have this freedom. If it is enacted at least some folks will be spared the delays and false negatives that have become so common.

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HB 2506 Allows person holding concealed handgun license to operate all-terrain vehicle while carrying loaded handgun.

A somewhat less complete fix than HB 2797 below. Having a “loaded” firearm on a snowmobile is a traffic infraction even if you have a CHL. This would define what “loaded” means, a definition we need to clear up.
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HB 2706 Provides public safety officers employed by law enforcement unit with affirmative defense to crime of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Strange bill. Affirmative defense only means you can make a case in court, not that you can be spared arrest in the first place. Deals with corrections officers transporting suspects. Won’t apply to most gun owners.
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HB 2734. Defines ‘unloaded’ for purposes of offense of operating snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle while carrying firearm or bow.

A somewhat less complete fix than HB 2797 below. Having a “loaded” firearm on a snowmobile is a traffic infraction even if you have a CHL. This would define what “loaded” means, a definition we need to clear up.
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*HB 2787 Prohibits public body from releasing information that identifies holder of or applicant for concealed handgun license.

A very important bill we have been working on since 2009. Prevents the vultures in the media from exposing private info about license holders.

*HB 2789 Authorizes issuance of concealed handgun license to person convicted or diverted for certain marijuana offenses in another jurisdiction if conviction or diversion is equivalent to conviction or diversion that does not operate as bar to obtaining license under Oregon law.

This bill was requested by us and simply extends the same rules to people who had minor pot convictions in other states as to those who did in Oregon.

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*HB 2790 Grants rights given to concealed handgun licensee to any person who may lawfully purchase and possess firearm.

Vermont style carry. No license required, just as in Vermont, Alaska and Arizona. Long overdue and now might very well be supported by the Sheriffs.
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*HB 2791 Removes Department of State Police as designated state point of contact for purposes of National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Takes the background checks away from the Oregon State Police and turns them over to NICS, which does not charge and does not track info on the purchased gun. SInce OSP will almost certainly be requesting a rate increase, we think this is the way to go.

*HB 2792 Provides nonresidents who are authorized to carry concealed handgun in another state with protections provided to persons with Oregon concealed handgun license.

Self explanatory, good bill.

*HB 2793 Modifies definition of public place for purpose of certain city or county ordinances related to possession of loaded firearms.

The courts now treat your car as if it is a “public place.” This bill will correct that.

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*HB 2794 Modifies authority of county sheriff related to issuance and revocation of concealed handgun license.

Returns us to when Sheriffs could not revoke your CHL unless you had actually DONE something rather than having the revocation based on a Sheriff’s perception of your “state of mind.”
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HB 2795 Provides that person who is legally present in any place is not liable for failing to retreat from attacker.

The “castle doctrine ” bill.

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*HB 2796
Provides that firearms ammunition and firearm accessories that are manufactured and retained in Oregon are not subject to federal regulation.

Firearms freedom. Already law in several states. Puts the Feds back in their cages. (To some extent.)
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*HB 2797 Describes readily accessible for purpose of prohibition on possessing readily accessible concealed handgun within vehicle when vehicle is snowmobile motorcycle or all-terrain vehicle.

Fixes the screw up from 2009 when motorcycles were left out of the definition of “readily accessible” and corrects the law that makes it illegal to ride a snowmobile or ATV with a loaded firearm.

HB 2999  Authorizes persons engaged in lawful activity to stand ground and use force in self-defense.
Establishes civil and criminal presumption that use of deadly physical force is lawful under specified circumstances. Authorizes court to award costs and fees to person using force if civil action results and plaintiff fails to overcome presumption.

A very specific “stand your ground” bill. We support it
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HB 3001 Requires Department of State Police to destroy records obtained during criminal records checks within 24 hours of approving certain transfers of firearms.

See HB 2418 above.

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HB 3002 Provides nonresidents who are licensed to carry concealed handgun in another state with protections provided to persons with Oregon concealed handgun license if other state used National Instant Criminal Background Check System prior to issuing person’s handgun license.

At first we thought this was a bill we could support because at least it moved us forward. Now, after hearings it’s clear that this is just another effort on the part of “Oregon Gun Owners”, a group masquerading as a pro-gun group, to muddy the waters and dilute a good recognition bill like HB2792. The lobbyist for “Oregon Gun Owners testified on this bill on Feb. 16th and claimed he “represented gun owners” but he did not even know how long an Oregon CHL was valid for and could not say how long other states’ licenses would be honored here. We now oppose this bill.
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HB 3003 Exempts certain transferors of firearms from requesting criminal history record check if purchaser or recipient has concealed handgun license.

See HB 2419 above.
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HB 3492 Requires county sheriff to waive age requirement for obtaining concealed handgun license for military veterans and persons currently serving in military.

Self explanatory. We support it.
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HB 3508 Repeals provisions authorizing local governments to regulate certain activities related to firearms.

Repeals all sections of ORS 166 that allow local control of firearms.

Ambitious. We like it.

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