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03.28.09 PRIVACY BILL IN PERIL.

CHL PRIVACY BILL MAY GO UP IN SMOKE..AND MIRRORS.

House Bill 2727, a bill to protect the privacy of concealed handgun licensees, is facing an onslaught of efforts to render it useless, apparently because there were objections from some news sources, the very people who made the bill necessary in the first place.

You’ll recall that the Medford Mail Tribune had demanded the names of license holders in their county in order to “out” local teachers with CHL’s.

The bill, sponsored by Kim Thatcher and co-sponsored by over 40 other legislators, may be rendered meaningless unless gun owners let the members of the House Judiciary Committee know that they favor the bill in its original, no-nonsense form.

Currently, some Democratic members of the committee are attempting to rewrite the bill so instead of saying CHL records cannot be released, the law will say they cannot be released, unless a government agency wants to.  All of the original protections will be taken out of the bill and the new language will provide virtually no protection at all. (The bill is scheduled for a work session and possible vote Tuesday March 31st.)

Oregonians know full well that sometimes state agencies are run by people who are ethically challenged. Multnomah County recently lost a sheriff due to ethics charges against him.

To say that a state agency can decide to release these sensitive records if they choose to, does nothing more than give a weapon to any agency with an anti-gun agenda.

Please contact the legislators listed below and let them know that you want HB 2727 passed in its original form.  A sample message follows.

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Dear Representative,

HB 2727 is an important defense for the privacy of concealed handgun license holders in Oregon. The bill, in its original form, will provide the best possible protection for sensitive information collected by the sheriffs of license holders. Their personal information should not be subject to disclosure at the whim of a state agency.

I urge you to pass HB 2727, without amendments, as soon as possible.

Yours,
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Jeff Barker, Chair
rep.jeffbarker@state.or.us
900 Court St. NE., H-491, Salem, OR, 97301
503-986-1428

Brent Barton
rep.brentbarton@state.or.us
900 Court St NE, H-386, Salem,, OR, 97301
503-986-1451

Chris Garrett
rep.chrisgarrett@state.or.us
900 Court St NE, H-377, Salem,, OR, 97301
503-986-1438

Chip Shields
rep.chipshields@state.or.us
900 Court St NE, H-276, Salem,, OR, 97301
503-986-1443

Jefferson Smith
rep.jeffersonsmith@state.or.us
900 Court St NE, H-486, Salem,, OR, 97301
503-986-1447

Judy Stiegler Vice Chair
rep.judystiegler@state.or.us
900 Court St NE H 489 Salem OR 97301
503-986-1454