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02.19.14 Pro-Gun Bills Held Up in Senate Judiciary

Two good gun bills which passed the Oregon House were heard, but not acted on in Senate Judiciary today.
House Bill 4035 simply allows corrections officers to travel to and from work with their own defensive firearms but it is taking some flak from the head of the Department of Corrections who expressed concerns about “liability.”  Apparently the Department’s concerns about an issue that we know no instance of, is greater than their concerns about dead employees, who they appear to consider expendable.There were also comments made that indicated that Governor Kitzhaber opposes the bill. Of course he does. He travels everywhere surrounded by armed guards. Why should he care about the safety of a mere corrections officer?

HB 4068  cleans up mistakes in current law and allows those with old or out-of-state, minor marijuana convictions to have the same ability to apply for Oregon CHL’s as those with recent or in-state convictions.

Last minute amendments were added to this bill today. They do not appear to be a problem and may actually improve the bill.
Because of the objections to 4035 and the amendments to 4068 the bills have been held over until tomorrow.
Please contact the committee and ask them to pass the bills out with noanti-gun amendments.

Contact info and suggested message follow:

Senator Floyd Prozanski
Democrat – District 4 – South Lane and North Douglas Counties
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1704   District Phone: 541-342-2447
Email: Sen.FloydProzanski@state.or.us

Senator Betsy Close
Republican – District 8 – Albany
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1708
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-303, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: Sen.BetsyClose@state.or.us

Senator Michael Dembrow
Democrat – District 23 – Portland
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1723    District Phone: 503-281-0608
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-407, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: Sen.MichaelDembrow@state.or.us

Senator Jeff Kruse
Republican – District 1 – Roseburg
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1701   District Phone: 541-580-3276
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-315, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: Sen.JeffKruse@state.or.us

Senator Arnie Roblan
Democrat – District 5 – Coos Bay
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1705
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-417, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: Sen.ArnieRoblan@state.or.us

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Dear Senator,

I am greatly concerned that HB 4035 may become the victim of a Governor and Corrections Department that seem to be more concerned with perceived “liabilities” than they are with the lives of Corrections Officers.  This is an important bill. Please pass 4035 and 4068 out of your committee and on to the Senate.

Yours,

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