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02.23.07 Two Gun Bills Scheduled For Hearings.

TWO GUN BILLS SCHEDULED.

On March 2nd, the House Judiciary Committee will be hearing 2 gun bills, House Bill 2300 and House Bill 2304

HB2300 is a bill we told you to expect last year. It corrects changes that were inadvertently made to the concealed handgun license law in an “omnibus” bill that no one read before voting on it.

While there is nothing in this bill that really benefits gun owners, the small technical change will not hurt law-abiding CHL holders. For more information see here. Scroll down to “Making Your Case” for an in depth explanation.

HB 2304 is far more troubling. This bill “Provides that person barred from purchasing firearm by reason of felony conviction or finding of guilty except for insanity of felony may not apply for relief from bar.”

Much like HB 2336, which would have forbidden anyone with a “domestic violence” conviction from ever having their conviction set aside, this bill eliminates forever a person’s ability to regain gun rights, no matter how perfect a life they have lived, no matter how long.

OFF hears from people all the time who made one mistake in their youth and have cleaned up their lives and made valuable utions to society. Currently, those people, under certain circumstances, can request to have their gun rights restored. If this bill passes, that will be impossible.

OFF strongly believes that individuals who are a danger to others should be incarcerated. We do not believe, however, that one mistake should eliminate a person’s chance to turn their lives around. So we are urging you to ask the House Judiciary Committee to reject HB 2304.

Please contact the members of the committee to express your concern about this bill.

Their contact information and a sample letter follows:
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Dear Representative,

House Bill 2304 eliminates any possibility that a person with a single felony, even if committed as a juvenile, may ever request a return of his gun rights.
Many people make mistakes early in life and then resolve to become productive and law-abiding members of society.
I urge you to reject any attempt to remove forever, one more incentive to good behavior.
Dangerous people should not be free to prey upon others, but some people truly do turn their lives around. In a state where hunting is such a common and valued tradition, this bill would be a tremendous disincentive to rehabilitation.

Very truly yours,

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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