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01.31.07 Domestic Violence Bill Gets Hearing.

On January 25th, we warned you about House Bill 2336.

This bill would eliminated any possibility of expunging a “domestic violence” conviction or record of arrest.

As you know, any offense that is considered one of “domestic violence” eliminates, forever, your right to own firearms or even a single round of ammunition.

The legal definition of “domestic violence” is so overly broad that the potential to be swept up in a charge of this kind, for a truly trivial event, is enormous.

Today the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the bill.

Based on the proceedings, it would appear that the committee members have gotten your message. For everyone who took the time to contact them, we thank you.

We’d also like to send a special thank you to the OFF member who came and testified at the hearing and shared his personal story about his experiences with a stacked judicial system, and how this bill would impact people who had done nothing to require law enforcement involvement. We believe his testimony had a major impact on the committee members and we think it demonstrates the importance of every gun owner’s involvement.

Several legislators told us that they recognized the dangers of the bill and we believe that the majority of the committee sees its flaws.

One member made it clear that he intended to vote against it and had personally killed it in a previous session.

The bill is, by no means, dead. It is still quite viable. But, we believe, based on what happened at today’s hearing, that we have a good chance of killing it. Your willingness to communicate with the committee members will have a major impact on whether this bill goes anywhere.

Please take minute to send a note to the members of the committee and urge them NOT to approve HB 2336. Their contact info and a sample message follows.
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Dear Representative,
I believe you have heard sufficient reasons to reject HB 2336.
While domestic violence is a serious problem, HB 2336 does nothing to address it while doing much to punish those who may be guilty of nothing more than a misunderstanding.
Please do not support HB 2336.
Very truly yours,

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Contact Info:

Greg Macpherson, Chair
rep.gregmacpherson@state.or.us
900 Court St. NE., H-385, Salem, OR, 97301
503-986-1438

Jeff Barker, Vice-Chair rep.
rep.jeffbarker@state.or.us
900 Court St. NE., H-476, Salem, OR, 97301
503-986-1428

Gene Whisnant, Vice-Chair
rep.genewhisnant@state.or.us
900 Court St NE, H-372, Salem, OR, 97301
503-986-1453

Suzanne Bonamici
rep.suzannebonamici@state.or.us
900 Court St. NE, H-374, Salem, OR, 97301
503-986-1434

Kevin Cameron
rep.kevincameron@state.or.us
900 Court St NE, H-383, Salem, OR, 97301
503-986-1419

Linda Flores
rep.lindaflores@state.or.us
900 Court St. NE., H-287, Salem, OR, 97301
503-986-1451

Betty Komp
rep.bettykomp@state.or.us
900 Court St NE, H-276, Salem,, OR, 97301
503-986-1422

Wayne Krieger
rep.waynekrieger@state.or.us
900 Court St. NE., H-378, Salem, OR, 97301
503-986-1401

Tobias Read
rep.tobiasread@state.or.us
900 Court St. NE, H-489, Salem, OR, 97301
503-986-1427