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04.27.11 REMINDER ON UPCOMING EVENTS

As we previously reported, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear three pro-gun bills tomorrow at 8:30 am. The bills scheduled for tomorrow are:

HB 2787 A.
Prohibits public body from releasing information that identifies holder of or applicant for concealed handgun license.

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

HB 2797 A
Describes “readily accessible for purpose of prohibition on possessing readily accessible, concealed handgun within vehicle, when vehicle is snowmobile, motorcycle or all-terrain vehicle.

As of now, they have only been scheduled for a hearing, not a “work session,” so it’s likely that whatever amendments are sure to be drafted for these bills will not be adopted until a later date.

We have also reported that an unusual  “informational meeting” has been scheduled at the same hearing.  The topics will be:

-Guns on public school grounds
-Restoration of privileges for persons convicted of felonies
-Access to firearms for persons suffering from mental health issues

No doubt the “mental health issue” discussion will include this unfortunate incident.

Public testimony is “welcome” but the pro-gun side has not been informed what to expect. It’s pretty difficult to prepare your testimony when you have no idea what “solutions” are going to be discussed. This will be a pivotal hearing for gun rights so we strongly encourage you to attend if at all possible. The hearing is scheduled for 8:30 am in room 343 at the State Capitol. You can monitor the hearing on line using this link. We are guessing that some folks on the other side of the issue may have more insights into what is going to be happening tomorrow than we do. Stay tuned.

Also tomorrow there is a possibility that the House will vote on HB 2791. This bill ends the State Police involvement in background checks and turns them over to the Feds who do not charge and have a far better track record of getting checks done quickly.  Please send a note to your House Rep and urge support for HB 2791. This commonsense bill would save Oregon and Oregonians countless dollars, and gun buyers countless headaches.

You can contact your own rep using this link.