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One Step Up For America, One Step Back For Oregon.

One Step Up For America, One Step Back For Oregon.

 

05.17.2021

While Oregon gun owners continue to face costly battles on multiple fronts, there was good news from the US Supreme Court today.

The court ruled that police do not have the authority to enter a person’s home to seize firearms without a warrant.

Police officers are called upon to perform many civic tasks beyond their normal law enforcement duties, but that recognition is not “an open-ended license to perform them anywhere,” wrote Justice Clarence Thomas for the court.

This ruling could have a profound effect on “Red Flag” laws like the kind Senator Brian Boquist rammed through in Oregon a few years ago. Whether an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” will be considered a “warrant” is yet to be decided. However, it’s interesting that under Oregon’s law, a person can have their firearms seized without ever being accused of, let alone convicted of, a crime.

In the case before the court, the person whose guns were stolen by the police agreed to be taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation. In Oregon, even that is not required. In fact, under Oregon law a person whose guns are taken as a result of an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” is forbidden from using a positive mental health evaluation in their defense.

Meanwhile, Oregon is about to become the test case for another national issue. The OFF supported “Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance” was passed by the voters in Columbia County. The commissioners in the county then took the passed ordinance, rewrote it and then asked for “judicial review” of the ordinance as changed by them.  While anti-gun forces were alerted to this request and then joined in the legal action, pro-gunners, including the people responsible for passing the ordinance, were kept in the dark and then blind sided by the inside effort to overturn it.

We are committed to defending the ordinance. With over a thousand counties across the country having passed ordinances of this kind, this case is extremely important. Not only for the merits of the ordinance , but for the underhanded way it is being challenged.

We will be faced with massive legal bills to defend the will of the voters in Columbia County. But this is a battle that simply must be fought.  Today’s Supreme Court decision is a positive sign. But Oregon is moving further away from common sense gun laws every day.

Please consider helping in this crucial battle.

https://oregonfirearms.ejoinme.org/MyPages/DonationPage/tabid/70447/Default.aspx

Paypal link.

 

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Sellouts Double Down


 


05.13.2021

 

As we previously reported, two Senate Republicans have joined forces with left wing extremist, Rob Wagner, to pass SB 865.

The sole purpose of the bill is to further weaken the Republican Party and attack two Senators who are new party officers.

It’s no coincidence that those targeted Senators are among the 6 who stood up for their constituents’ gun rights and refused to participate in the charade that was SB 554.

SB 554 is the radical anti-gun bill passed with the help of 6 Republican Senators, and almost all Republican House members, who remained on the floor for the vote, thus giving the anti-gun Democrats the quorum they needed to pass this dangerous legislation.

Senators Bill Hansell and Lynn Findley, not content with helping the Democrats pass that bill, are now attacking Senators Dallas Heard and Dennis Linthicum, who walked off the floor in opposition to the bill.

Heard and Linthicum are among the newly elected leaders of the Republican Party.  They took over in February after a vote of party officials. They won overwhelmingly and replaced the old guard whose rudderless leadership has been so costly to the party.

But this victory was not cheered by everyone and forces in the old guard, furious that they have finally been replaced by real leaders, decided to undermine the new team and convinced Findley and Hansell to do their dirty work.

For the record, they also convinced Senator Dick Anderson, but he withdrew his name from the bill.

What the bill does is punish Linthicum and Heard by prohibiting them from serving as Senators and officials in the party.  They are they only two people in the entire state that the bill would apply to.

The bill calls for fines of $250.00 a day if they don’t step down. This is how the left governs.  If they don’t like something they make it a crime. And now they have traitors like Findley and Hansell acting as their water boys.

It’s hard to describe this level of cowardly vindictiveness.

Hansell and Findley have been taking a lot of heat for being part of the cabal, led by Republican “leader” Fred Girod, who sold out gun owners, and all Oregonians, by greasing the skids for the passage of extreme new gun control measures, but they are also letting other terrible bills pass.

They are unlikely to seek reelection so they were the perfect tools to crawl into bed with the left to promote the destruction of the opposition.

Staffers in Fred Girod’s office comically told callers that Girod had “not read the bill” but his comments indicate otherwise.

Bill Hansell issued a particularly lame and unbelievable excuse for his revolting attack on his own party. .

The bill is now scheduled for a hearing on May 18th in the Senate Rules Committee. A committee chaired by, surprise, surprise, leftist Rob Wagner.

If the bill is passed out of Wagner’s committee, which is likely, it will almost certainly pass on the Senate floor. The Democrats would love the opportunity to stick it to the Republican Party, and cowards like Hansell, Findley, and Girod will certainly provide the quorum the Democrats need.

This kind of outrageous meddling in the operations of the party is a disgrace. Something we are growing accustomed to by the sellouts in the Republican Caucus. It’s critical that this bill be stopped.

You can upload testimony in opposition using this link: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Testimony/SRULES

Please be sure to use the drop down menu and pick “May 18th”. You can use this link to see examples of opposition testimony. https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Testimony/SB865

It’s important to get your testimony on the record, but more important right now would be contacting Senate President Peter Courtney and demand that he stop this vicious attack on two upstanding men and the internal policies of the Republican Party.

A handful of vindictive has-beens should not be allowed to poison the well to satisfy the destructive urges of a collection of losers.

On another note, as you probably know, our friend House Rep Mike Nearman has now been indicted for the “crime” of opening a door. When Mike opened a door to the capitol, the worst possible thing happened.  Oregon voters got into their own building.  A building they have been locked out of for this entire legislative session.

Many of you have generously responded to our call for support of Mike.  We are deeply grateful. If you would like to help Mike fight a rigged system please view this link.

To everyone who has contributed to Mike’s defense, we thank you and Mike thanks you.  To all of you who continue to contribute to our efforts here at OFF, we want to extend or sincerest gratitude as well.

Oregon is facing the greatest crisis in our lifetime.  The state is literally crumbling and the people who are working valiantly to save it are being torpedoed by their own troops.  Everything you do to stand in  the way of the turn coats means a great deal.  Thank you for staying in the fight.

 

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Does ANYONE Believe This Crap?

Does ANYONE Believe This Crap?

 

05.12.2021

Republican Senator Bill Hansell joined Republican Senator Lynn Findley and Republican Senator Dick Anderson to attack the duly elected leaders of their party and two fellow senators.

We believe none of them had the brains to come up with this scheme and we are sure sooner or later we’ll find out who was responsible.

But for now, we present a press release written by someone, for Hansell, with his pathetic attempt at excusing this act of treachery. 

Read it here.

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WE WERE WRONG

We Were Wrong

 

 

05.08.2021

On May 5th we posted an alert with the headline “The Sellout Is Complete.”

That headline was wrong and we want to officially retract it. The “sellout” is far from complete.

The same backstabbing Republicans who handed the militant left a victory on self defense restrictions has once again upped the ante. Now they want to destroy the Republican Party, or what’s left of it after their disgraceful actions this session.

In February, after years of rudderless and ineffective “leadership,”  the Oregon Republican Party elected a new slate of party officers. The old guard was replaced by Senators Dallas Heard and Dennis Linthicum and former Senator and current county commissioner, Herman Baertschiger.

Baertschiger led the successful Senate walkout last session and stopped not only terrible gun bills, but a host of other dangerous legislation. Heard and Linthicum were among the 6 Senators who refused to participate in this session’s side show and walked out on SB554, the recently passed anti self defense bill.

Together they were overwhelmingly elected to leadership roles in the Republican Party…by Republican Party members.

But the current Republican sellouts have decided the new leaders must be punished for standing up for your rights.

Republican Senators Findley, Hansel, and Anderson crawled into bed with militant leftist anti-gunner Rob Wagner to push a bill created to attack only the new party leadership.

SB 865 was created to specifically target Senators Linthicum and Heard and fine them $250.00 per day as long as they were party officials. Please be clear, this attack on Republican Party officers was drafted by REPUBLICANS! We have received reports that amendments are being considered to also force Baertschiger out.

Senator Anderson has since removed his name from the bill but was originally listed as a sponsor. Republican Senator “leader” Fred Girod signaled his support for the bill while attacking Heard and Linthicum for refusing to support a bill that outlawed “ropes with loops at the end.”

Girod said “it made us look very racist by voting no or not showing up or not voting, and that became the lead story, instead of the fact that most of us agreed.”

For some reason Girod forgot to express his concern for the feelings of horse thieves.

The Senate Republican Caucus is totally fractured. Now the worst of them have decided to do more dirty work for the Democrats to not only destroy Senators who took a stand, but to thwart the will of their own party members. Ironically, and pathetically, we have received calls and emails from the old guard in the Republican Party accusing us of “dividing the party.” Clearly we could not do as good a job as they are. We fully expect that this is not the end of the blind rage of the sellouts.

To call their behavior “disgraceful” would elevate it. The bill is being fast tracked to bypass legislative deadlines and is scheduled for hearing on May 18th.

Bill sponsor Democrat Senator Rob Wagner heads the committee the bill is due to be heard in. As an avowed leftist he is doing his job which is to crush the opposing party. This is to be expected. But the actions or Findley, Hansell and Girod are, once again, inexcusable.

Contact info if you care to share your thoughts with them.

Lynn Findley

Bill Hansell

Fred Girod

 

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A Friend Needs Us

Our friend House Rep Mike Nearman is being charged with CRIMES for doing what the Republican mouthpieces only talk about. He is facing staggering legal bills and an investigation worthy of a Columbian drug lord. We are asking for your help. Mike’s caucus has abandoned him. We cannot. Please consider helping Mike through this nightmare. Donations can be made out to Mike Nearman and sent to our PO Box. Box 556 Canby OR, 97013.

Here is Mike’s story:

Just when you think you’ve seen Oregon’s ruling party sink as far as it can, the Democrats go subterranean .

Only a few years ago, few would have imagined that anyone not yet diagnosed with an identifiable mental disorder would engage in the kinds of twisted, evil, games now being played daily by the supermajority.

One look no further than the modern day witch hunt that is the jihad against House Rep Mike Nearman. It’s fitting that this depraved sideshow is taking place in a town called Salem.

Mike may be the most consistent defender of rational thought in the Oregon Legislature. His history of standing up for conservative values is unmatched, as is his thoughtful assessment of the legislation that Oregon Democrats force feed the state every day.

But an unwavering commitment to American values comes with a heavy price in Oregon. And under the crushing, soul sucking, control of Oregon Democrats like Kate Brown and Tina Kotek, that price is complete personal destruction .

Mike’s crime? He opened a door. More on that in a minute.

Portland, the home city of Kotek and Brown, has become a national joke. The riots continue with the regularity of a metronome while the Democrat Mayor continues to do his best Pee Wee Herman imitation and watches it burn.

But worse than that effeminate gelding, the coven that runs state politics actively encourages the mayhem.

Night after riotous night, swarms of primitive punks burn, loot, and vandalize any structure whose owners foolishly rebuilt after the previous riot.

Coffee shops, churches, museums, and of course, any government building, are all fair, uncontested, game for the pack of hyenas that control and terrorize the city unchecked. But it’s not only buildings that are the targets.

The police, neutered by the leftist nihilists they answer to, can only continue to be firebomb targets and watch as the few people they actually arrest are released unimpeded.

One such entitled thug is Kristina Narayan.

 

Kristina Narayan

 

Narayan was arrested, like so many other children of privilege, during a riot last September.

Narayan was among 59 people who were arrested during the riot that occurred Saturday night into Sunday morning. Police declared a riot after 9:15 p.m. after protesters threw “multiple fire bombs at officers,” with one catching a community member on fire, according to a police release. Rocks, fireworks and mortars were also thrown at officers.”

But Narayan is no ordinary, garden variety, Marxist zombie. Narayan is a top staffer for none other than…House Speaker Tina Kotek.

In normal times when an employee of a prominent politician was involved in activities that included firebombs, their bosses would be quick to distance themselves from said employee. But we no longer live in normal times.

Rather than express disapproval of Narayan’s involvement in the continuing disintegration of Oregon’s biggest city, Kotek embraced her. Kotek’s reaction to her staffer’s participation in the riot?

“Every person – including members of my staff – has the right to stand up for what they believe and engage in nonviolent resistance,” she said. “Kristina’s experience is similar to what other Portlanders have experienced over the last few months. We need peace and accountability.”

To no one’s surprise, Narayan was released without bail. Kotek’s office promptly issued a statement noting that the charges against Narayan were dropped. It’s good to have friends in high places.

But if you work for one of Oregon’s most powerful leftists, you get more than special treatment. You get more than being praised for being a criminal. You get off scot free of course, but you also get bills passed in your honor.

Kotek’s minion was arrested for “interfering with a police officer.” Well Tina will have none of that. Not satisfied with having her released with no bail and having no charges filed against her, Tina and her fellow travelers are determined that up-and-coming revolutionaries like Narayan can’t even be arrested in the future. And so, House Bill 3164.

To make sure punks like Narayan and her friends are not interrupted by even a brief trip to the lock up, HB 3164 assures that they can happily go about the business of destroying what’s left of Portland. The bill Removes refusal to obey officer order as manner of committing crime” and should have simply been named the “Kristina Narayan Stay Out Of Jail Free” bill. And who voted for this outrage? Well, House Republican Leader…Christine Drazan!

Which brings us to House Rep Mike Nearman.

 

Mike Nearman

 

What exactly did Nearman do to bring down the full force of the left? Mike opened a locked door to the Capitol Building …and walked outside.

A building that he is employed in.

A building that belongs to the people of Oregon.

A building where rules are passed every day that restrict the rights of the voters.

A building that voters should have, and in fact are required to have, access to.  But they don’t.

The “people” no longer matter. The elite are in control and will make decisions. And you rubes better just shut up if you know what’s good for you.

Nearman broke nothing. He burned nothing. He vandalized nothing. He threatened no one.. He simply left the building through a door that was completely unguarded by the police who are now investigating this “crime”. And when the people who were outside came in, people who had every right to be there, they were met with violent resistance by the same police who cannot stop the daily destruction taking place in Oregon’s cities. The citadel is for the rulers. The peasants will stay outside, or be assaulted.

“Standards?” We’ll take a double.

Of course, in the midst of this blatant corruption, what’s even more infuriating is the near total silence of the Oregon Republicans. When Democrat Kotek’s sheltered underling was arrested at a riot, Kotek immediately sprung to her defense. Not a single Democrat dared to utter an even muted criticism of the precious child. Not so with Nearman.

 But House Republican leader Christine Drazan did find time to say:

“The investigation into this incident by law enforcement is underway and must be allowed to be completed…If the investigation finds that actions taken were criminal, legislators are not above the law and will be held responsible.” 

And while both Drazan and Senate Republican “leader” Fred Girod have regularly bemoaned the lockdown and lockout of the Capitol, both of have done nothing to open it, showing up day after day to perpetuate the fraud and letting Nearman twist in the wind.

Some animals are just more equal than others.  Brad Witt is one of those animals. Just ask State Rep. Vikki Breese Iverson.  And while the current Speaker of the House is using her power to destroy Mike Nearman, she has been oddly silent on the actions of her predecessor. Another Democrat. What’s a little sex trafficking between Democrat friends?

Unlike the protected punks of the left, Nearman is facing criminal charges. The charges against him are “Official Misconduct in the First Degree” and “Criminal  Trespass in the Second Degree”

Here is one of the statutes Mike’s accusers are claiming he violated:

162.415 Official misconduct in the first degree. (1) A public servant commits the crime of official misconduct in the first degree if:

      (a) With intent to obtain a benefit or to harm another:

      (A) The public servant knowingly fails to perform a duty imposed upon the public servant by law or one clearly inherent in the nature of office; or

      (B) The public servant knowingly performs an act constituting an unauthorized exercise in official duties; or

      (b) The public servant, while acting as a supervisory employee, violates ORS 162.405 and is aware of and consciously disregards the fact that the violation creates a risk of:

      (A) Physical injury to a vulnerable person;

      (B) The commission of a sex crime as defined in ORS 163A.005 against a vulnerable person; or

      (C) The withholding from a vulnerable person of necessary and adequate food, physical care or medical attention.

      (2) Official misconduct in the first degree is a Class A misdemeanor.

      (3) As used in this section:

      (a) “Supervisory employee” means a person having the authority, in the interest of an employer, to hire, transfer, suspend, lay off, recall, promote, discharge, assign, reward or discipline other employees.

      (b) “Vulnerable person” has the meaning given that term in ORS 136.427. [1971 c.743 §215; 2017 c.519 §1]

A drunken monkey could see none of that applies, but these days in Oregon the people in power can only aspire to be drunken monkeys.

But the truth means nothing when you are an Oregon Democrat determined to destroy your political opponents.

If a public servant can be charged with a crime  “with intent to harm another while knowingly performing an act constituting an unauthorized exercise in official duties”, then Kotek, Brown, and virtually all of the bleating phonies in the Democrat House should be going up the river for life.

In a press release, House Majority Leader Barbara Warner said, without a trace of irony or self awareness ““The rioters Rep. Nearman allowed in the building attacked Oregon State Police. They are tied to extremist white supremacist movements. These actions are an assault on the safety and wellbeing of everyone who was present that day, especially our BIPOC staff and legislators, whose health and safety were threatened. And many of us are still working through that trauma today. There must be accountability, and it starts with denouncing white supremacy and bigotry in our Capitol. “

While Barbara “works through the trauma” of allowing Oregonians into a building they own, a building she clearly believes should be her own private castle, she has kept her otherwise motorized mouth shut on the quotidian violence of the left. Violence that left far more damage to her beloved play house than the one broken door caused by a few provocateurs imbedded in a crowd of frustrated and ignored Oregonians. She has been silent on the abuse by Brad Witt. She has been AWOL on the charges against her friend Dave Hunt.

The hysteria was echoed by Oregon’s official victim caucus.

Meanwhile, the Oregon State Police have brought the hammer down on Mike while real criminals are released from jail, and countless Oregonians wait through unending delays for an “approval” to purchase a firearm because OSP won’t do their job. The Oregon legislature keeps passing bills to further hamstring any cop who actually wants to work and they are doing all they can to make life easy for real criminals.

Too many Oregon Republicans in the Legislature, particularly the “leaders” have drunk the KoolAid.  Oregon is barreling downhill. We are fighting on multiple fronts. But Mike’s situation is critical.  We have seen how unjust the Oregon “Justice System” can be and Mike is being railroaded by militant leftists who are destroying the state. And the people who should be standing up for him have been asleep at the wheel.

If you can help in even a small way it could make a big difference. We are NOT asking you to send a donation to OFF or our PAC.  We would like you to give directly to Mike. If you can help, please write your checks to “Mike Nearman.”

Send them to us so we can protect what little is left of his privacy and we’ll make sure he gets them.  This battle gets uglier by the minute but we can’t abandon our friends.

Mike Nearman c/o OFF

PO Box 556

Canby OR

97013

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Gun Ban Bill Passes. 6 Republicans Made It Happen

The Sellout is Complete

Republicans

05.05.2021

SB 554 as amended by the House, has been passed by the Senate and now goes to the governor for her signature.

The bill was rushed onto the schedule last night after having been posted for a vote on June 11th and then June 15th.

6 Republicans Senators once again provided the quorum needed to pass the bill. Last month almost all House Republicans did the same.

The Republican Senators who helped pass the bill were:

Fred Girod

Dick Anderson

Bill Kennemer

Tim Knopp

Bill Hansell

Lynn Findley

Senate Republican Leader Fred Girod rose on the Senate floor to call Oregon Firearms Federation a “fringe group” and said it was not “ok” to threaten people.

This has become a popular theme of Republican “Leaders” who not long ago were calling OFF begging for money.

Apparently we were out bid by the millions in Federal money legislators got in exchange for rolling over.

Of course OFF has never threatened anyone. Ever.

Comically, he also said we were “not welcome in his office and should be banned from the building.”

Perhaps Fred’s mask is cutting off his air and he has not noticed that we, and everyone else, have been banned from the building for a long time. Fred did not consider OFF a “fringe” group when he came to us with his hand out. As you might imagine we will be asking Girod to return the checks we sent to him.

That was YOUR money Girod took to help the sell outs. We hope you’ll join us in our demand for a refund.

Your God given rights to keep your family safe have just been flushed down the toilet by…Republicans.

Throughout this disgraceful display, House Rep Bill Post has attacked OFF, accused us of misleading people and promised that the Republicans had a “secret plan.”  Looks like Bill’s mask was a bit too tight as well.

Not participating in this side show were:

Dallas Heard

Dennis Linthicum

Chuck Thomsen

Kim Thatcher

Brian Boquist

Art Robinson

They stood up for your rights.

Dennis Linthicum posted this today.

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Gun Ban Scheduled For Tomorrow.

05.04.2021 

After delaying the Senate vote on SB 554 until June 11th, and then moving it again to June 15th, the Senate has now scheduled the vote for tomorrow.

There have been no explanations for these multiple changes and it could change again.

SB 554, as you know, combines the restrictions from the original 554 with the lock up requirements of HB 2510.

The Senate convenes tomorrow at 10.30 am.

If the Senate approves of the changes made in the House, the bill will go to the Governor and will pass.

If they do not approve, the bill will go to a conference committee to come up with a version both houses approve of.

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Take A Walk Fred

Take A Walk

After months of watching Republican “leadership” roll over for the supermajority in the Oregon Legislature, some folks had enough.

As you may have heard, a recall campaign has begun against Senate Republican “leader” Fred Girod.

Under Girod the Senate Republican Caucus has been fractured and two Senators have officially left it in disgust. 

Dangerous anti-gun legislation has passed the Senate because Girod refused to stand up to the Democrats and managed to convince 5 other Republicans to join him in the sell out.

Since then we have learned that each Republican Senator has been offered 4 million dollars to spend as they like in their districts. Now the reasons for the sell out are becoming clear.

The damage Girod has done to Oregonians and his own caucus is incalculable.  As the state slips further into chaos and people and businesses continue to be crushed, Girod continues to hand victory after victory to the Democrats.

Oregon cannot survive Fred Girod. If you live in Girod’s district, or know someone who does, please consider helping remove Girod and replacing him with someone who cares more about Oregon than himself.

Recallfredgirod.net

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Decoding SB 554.

04.30.2021

“Drazan said representatives like her, who stayed to vote no against the bill, are not the enemy. She repudiated deceptive language used by activist groups. She said their information is misleading and “buys into the aggressive swarm mentality. Cancel culture with full abandon.”

For more on “deceptive language” read on.

We are at the turning point. The Oregon Legislature is passing extreme attacks on your rights and safety. The Republicans are saying that it’s no big deal because the “people” can always pay many thousands of dollars to refer anti-gun bills to the voters. At the same time, anti-gun organizations are (once again) planning ballot measures that will require many thousands of dollars to challenge. None of the Republicans who accepted donations from gun owners have offered to return any of that money to fund the efforts to reverse anti gun bills or stop new gun control ballot measures.

As you know, SB 554 has passed the House. In exchange for their caving to the Democrats and handing them a victory on this bill, each House Member got 2 million dollars to spend in their districts with very few restrictions. The Senators who voted for, or allowed SB 554 to pass, each got 4 million.

Now that most Senate Republicans, and virtually all House Republicans, have caved, SB554 is much closer to becoming law. Because changes were made to the bill when it was passed in the House, it will have to go back to the Senate for their approval of the changes. If most Senate Republicans fold again, the bill becomes law. If the Senate does not agree to the changes, a “conference committee” will have to be appointed consisting of both House and Senate members.

That committee’s job will be to reach an agreement on final language.

So, while anything can happen, it is entirely possible that they will make the bill even worse than it is.

Because the bill has been through many iterations, we want to tell you what is in the language of the most recent version as passed by the House.

There are some elements of the bill we will not discuss.  We see no reason to point out to the people who are attacking your rights and ability to protect yourself, some of the mistakes they have made.

That would just allow them to go clean up the mess and make the bill even more dangerous. But we’ll point out the most important elements that will make you far less safe should this bill finally pass.

Keep in mind, the Democrats who promoted this bill are the same people who condone the mindless violence that has continued unabated in Oregon for the last year.

The Republicans who claim to oppose this bill but helped pass it by providing a quorum for the Democrats don’t approve of the violence but are willing to place you and your family in increased danger for a few million bucks.

Section 2(1) describes “authorized persons”:

“Authorized person” means a person authorized by the owner or possessor of a firearm to temporarily carry or control the firearm while in the presence of the owner or possessor.

Section 2(9) describes “possessor”:

“Possessor” means a person who possesses a firearm with permission from the owner of the firearm for a period of time when the owner is not present.

So it appears a person, other than the owner of the gun, can be allowed to be in possession of the gun whether the owner is present or not. A person can be given permission to control a gun by someone who does not own the gun if the person who is giving permission has been given permission to give that permission by the owner. But only while in the presence of the “authorized person”.

We hope that’s clear.

Both the sponsors of the bill, and the lawyer who drafted this language, have stated that you may allow your minor child to have access to one of your firearms to protect themselves. However,  Section 2 (3) (b) says that “control” (meaning control of the firearm)  means:

That the owner or possessor of the firearm is in the person’s own residence, either alone or with only authorized persons who also live in the residence and who are not minors, and the residence is secure.

It would appear, that while the owner of a firearm could “authorize” a minor, that minor could still not be in possession of the firearm since neither the owner nor a “possessor” is in the mandated “control” of the firearm if minors are present. We think.   

But while the bill seems to allow an “owner or possessor” to “authorize” another person to “carry or control” a firearm as long as the “owner or possessor” was present, the “authorized person” would still have to be someone who lived in the house. It’s not clear how you “authorize” someone to be a “possessor” instead of an “authorized person.”

Got it? Good, we’ll move on.

Section 3 of the bill deals with mandated storage.

SECTION 3. (1)(a) An owner or possessor of a firearm shall, at all times that the firearm is not carried by or under the control of the owner, possessor or authorized person, secure the firearm:

The bill mandates that all your guns be locked up and useless except in very specific circumstances.

While, as you can see, the bill’s language is mostly incoherent (don’t worry, according to the sponsors the courts will figure it all out) the bill mandates that you lock up anything you are not carrying or are  “…close enough to the firearm to prevent another person who is not an authorized person from obtaining the firearm”.

The bill does not say you must actually “prevent” another person from obtaining the firearm “only that you “be close enough.”

In order to comply with the law your guns must be “secured.” That means:

A) With an engaged trigger or cable lock;

(B) In a locked container; or…..

(C) In a gun room.

So. What’s a “gun room?”

(5) “Gun room” means an area within a building enclosed by walls, a floor and a ceiling, including a closet, that has all entrances secured by a tamper-resistant lock, that is kept locked at all times when unoccupied and that is used for: (a) The storage of firearms, ammunition, components of firearms or ammunition, or equipment for firearm-related activities including but not limited to reloading ammunition, gunsmithing and firearm cleaning and maintenance; or (b) Conducting firearm-related activities, including but not limited to reloading ammunition, gunsmithing and firearm cleaning and maintenance.

That sounds like almost any room in the average gun owner’s home. But since it’s not clear exactly where the “secured entrances” have to be don’t count on it.

There is nothing in the bill that exempts gun stores from all these locking requirements. It is not known how they will be able to comply with these regulations. So far, no one has thought to inquire about that during the floor debates.

A firearm is not considered “secure” if:

A) A key or combination to the trigger or cable lock or the container is readily available to a person the owner or possessor has not authorized to carry or control the firearm.
(B) The firearm is a handgun, is left unattended in a vehicle and is within view of persons outside the vehicle.

We are guessing that (B) means if the gun is locked in your car, but can be seen, it’s not “secure.”

Any gun you do not lock up is a Class C Violation just for not locking it up.

However, if a minor gets an unsecured firearm, it’s a Class A Violation.

(2)(a) A violation of subsection (1) of this section is a Class C violation.
(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this subsection, a violation of subsection (1) of this section is a Class A violation if a minor obtains an unsecured firearm as a result of the violation and the owner or possessor of the firearm knew or should have known that a minor could gain unauthorized access to the unsecured firearm.

Here is what follows in Section 3.

c) Each firearm owned or possessed in violation of subsection (1) of this section constitutes a separate violation.

(3) If a firearm obtained as a result of an owner or possessor of a firearm violating subsection (1) of this section is used to injure a person or property within two years of the violation, in an action against the owner or possessor to recover damages for the injury, the violation constitutes per se negligence, and the presumption of negligence may not be overcome by a showing that the owner or possessor acted reasonably.

(4) Subsection (3) of this section does not apply if:
(a) The injury results from a lawful act of self-defense or defense of another person; or (b) The unsecured firearm was obtained by a person as a result of the person entering or remaining unlawfully in a dwelling, as those terms are defined in ORS 164.205.

So, if a person gets possession of your unlocked firearm you are liable for what they do with it even if you can demonstrate that you acted “reasonably.”  They replaced the term “ strict liability” but it basically means the same thing. There is nothing in the bill that describes how you can prove that guns taken from you were “secured.” So it’s not known if you have to prove they were, or the court has to prove they were not. 

  

If you read subsection 4 above, you might get the impression that your are not in trouble if an unsecured firearm was used in self defense or was stolen. But not so fast.

Subsection 4 says you will not be subject to being sued if a gun is stolen or used in self defense, but you can still be charged with having it unlocked. And then only if the gun was stolen from a “dwelling.” You have no protections if the gun was stolen from your business or your car. And, as you will see, other parts of the bill almost compel you to leave your gun in your car at times.

Section 4 of the bill requires that firearms be transferred with an “engaged trigger or cable lock or in a locked container.”

That means that every new firearm you purchase must be locked when you get it. And every gun you transfer to someone other than a close family member must be locked up.

If they are not, the person who transfers the gun is liable for misuse of that gun for two years. We don’t even have to discuss the lunacy of this demented provision. But again, no one knows how dealers and others are supposed to prove that guns that were transferred were locked up… two years ago.

Section 5 of the bill mandates that you report lost or stolen guns. You are responsible for any crime or accident associated with any lost or stolen gun for two years after it is lost or stolen if you don’t report the loss or theft. 

Section 6 deals with supervising minors.

We think we’ll just leave this out so the nazis pushing this crap don’t get any worse ideas.

Section 8 is where a lot more trouble happens.

The short version is licensed gun owners will no longer be allowed in their capitol building with firearms. Not even legislators.

The steps and the grounds surrounding the Capitol will still be open and available for blm or antifa or anyone else who wants to riot and threaten people. But licensed gun owners will now be forbidden from going through those gauntlets with any protection. But since we are not allowed in the building anymore anyway, really… what’s the difference ?

You don’t have any meaningful way to participate in the “legislative process” now, why should you expect it in 30 or 40 years when all the new variants of covid have been conquered?

You will also not be allowed in airport terminals. But don’t you worry about that, it’s been a while since there have been significant disruptions at the airport.

And you can always leave your gun in your car. (Ok well, never mind.)

But the bill also bans licensed carry on school grounds.

Any school, college and OHSU can ban licensed carry not only in their buildings, but on any grounds they “control.”

That means you can no longer drop off or pick up your kids. You can no longer attend sporting events. You can no longer participate in any program taking place at any school that decides to banish you. And it means the school shooters, who the supporters of this bill used to generate the tears and pant wetting they employed to pass this crap, get carte blanche to attack the babies unimpeded by CHL holders. And of course, the Democrats also want to eliminate police in schools, declaring open season on the kiddos.

Those are the highlights.  We expect this bill to be back on the Senate floor early next week. The Senate Republicans have one more chance to stand up for you, the people who elected them.

Or they can just keep the loot.

One man is keeping Senate Republicans on the floor to help the Democrats stick it to gun owners.

There is still time to let him know how you feel.

Senator Fred Girod

Republican – District 9 – Stayton

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1709 
Email: Sen.FredGirod@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/girod

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GUN BILLS MOVE. REPUBLICAN LEADER BLAMES YOU.

04.29.2021

Today, as expected, the House passed SB 554B.

The bill will restrict where CHL holders may protect themselves and others while doubling the cost of a permit.

Proponents of the bill have repeatedly claimed that under it your minor child could be an “authorized person” to possess one of your firearms to protect themselves in your home.

Here are exact quotes from the bill.

(1) “Authorized person” means a person authorized by the owner or possessor of a firearm to temporarily carry or control the firearm while in the presence of the owner or possessor.

(b) That the owner or possessor of the firearm is in the person’s own residence, either alone or with only authorized persons who also live in the residence and who are not minors, and the residence is secure.

We added the emphasis.

What do you think the bill means?

During the debate, Republican Leader Christine Drazan lashed out at the Oregon Firearms Federation, calling’s us “inaccurate and misleading” while defending her capitulation to the Democrat majority and helping them pass this latest attack on your rights by making sure there were enough Republicans on the floor to provide a quorum.

Taking a page from Floyd Prozanski’s playbook she pointed to exactly not one single thing we said that was inaccurate or misleading. This has become the custom of the many Republicans under her leadership.  Shift the blame, cover your backside and collect the money.

She expressed her anger that we concentrated on contacting the Republicans we supported instead of contacting the Democrats who promised to make gun restrictions the centerpiece of this session. Translated this meant, “Please leave us alone. Call the people who are doing exactly what they said they would do so we don’t have to take the heat for folding like five dollar hide-a-beds.”

Drazan, and the other Republicans in the House, had the tools to stop this bill. Instead they chose to give up even the pretense of working to protect your rights when they made a deal with the Democrats to speed the process of passing leftist legislation in exchange for millions in Federal money.

Drazan can continue to blame you and OFF for her unwillingness to stand up to the left.  But you and OFF don’t get  a voice in the legislature because we are not allowed in our own building anymore.

During election season Drazan was eager to contact us and meet with us whenever she wanted money.  Our PAC was generous in funding the candidates she asked us to help.  Now, when we ask that she and her caucus do their jobs, we are the devil.

While Drazan pointed out that the bill does not have an emergency clause so the “people who oppose it” can put it on the ballot, she did not offer to return any of the money we sent her to fund a referral.

We think a refund is in order.

6 Republican Senators folded on the original version of this bill and let it pass in the Senate. Now all but two Republican House Reps showed up on the floor to provide the quorum for this version to pass the House.

The bill now goes back to the Senate for concurrence on the changes made in the House.   There is still time for this terrible bill to be killed, but it will require that Republicans stand up. Something they seem only interested in doing to attack us… and you.

Added:

After the floor session, House Rep Bill piled on.  We are eager to have Post report what the “lies” he is talking about are. Go ahead Bill. Please share.

 

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GUN CONTROL MARCHES ON

04.28.2021

SB 554 MOVES FORWARD

SB 554B now combines the Senate’s restrictions on where you can protect yourself and your family with the House rules forcing you to keep your guns locked up and useless.

It also  holds you responsible for crimes committed by others.

Today it is scheduled for a “second reading” on the House Floor.

Second readings are procedure.  Bills are typically voted on the day after the second reading. So, unless there is another delay like the ones we have seen recently, the House will vote on SB 554B tomorrow.

As you know, the House Republicans have abandoned the delaying tactic of requiring that all bills be read in their entirety.  In exchange for this they each were offered 2 million dollars to spend in their districts anyway they wanted to.

If, as expected, the bill passes the House it will go back to the Senate for approval of the changes made in the House Committee.

While anything can happen, and the House Republicans still have the power to kill this bill, if the bill is voted on on the House Floor it will pass.  There is still time to contact House Republican Leader Christine Drazan and request that she do what she was elected to do which is to protect the rights of Oregonians, not make deals for cash.

Representative Christine Drazan

Republican – District 39 – Canby

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1439
Email: Rep.ChristineDrazan@oregonlegislature.gov
Website:http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/drazan

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And Now We Know

Well, Now We Know

Karolina Grabowska Photo

 

04.24.2021

As Oregonians have watched their state descend into a hellhole of mindless lockdowns, business failures, skyrocketing suicide rates and unchecked (and condoned) mob violence, many have wondered how this could happen.

How could  the “Republicans” who were elected to stand up to this madness roll over, again and again, and allow the left to ram through policies guaranteed to bankrupt small business owners, eliminate freedom of speech and assembly, steal people’s property, and crush the spirit of our children?

And now of course, turn the most law abiding Oregonians into criminals.

SB 554, which passed out of the House Rules Committee will send Oregonians to prison for going to an airport, visiting their child’s school or daring to enter the Capitol Building where antifa and black lives matter rioters are welcome.

It will hold gun owners responsible for crimes committed with guns that were stolen from them and prohibit you from allowing your trained 17 year old daughter from protecting herself when you are not home.

(Don’t be confused by the section that talks about “lawful self defense” that still does not allow you to let your minor child have access to a firearm.)

As rational Oregonians scratched their heads and googled “moving vans” the answer to the Republicans sell-out finally became clear. And to everyone’s astonishment, it was all about…money.

Four million bucks for Senators, two million for House Reps. Money from the benevolent hand of the feds (yes, your money) to do with as they damn well pleased.

Really, sending a bunch of hillbilly gun owners to prison and neutering the police is a pretty small price to pay for that kind of loot.

That was the deal made by the Democrats to buy off the Republicans and get them to stick around and stick it to you. And according to House Republican leader Christine Drazan  “It was important, but I also think that the important thing is we figured out ways that we could work together generally,…That happened to be one where we could find some agreement.”

Yes, working together suddenly becomes a lot more attractive when you are handed a large pile of cash with almost no rules.

Peter Courtney, the Democrat Senate President said We decided to shoot the moon, shoot Pluto…These are the times that require these kinds of daring, risky actions.”

And hell, if all it takes to get the Republicans to sell out the people who elected them is a bunch of money from the Feds, why the heck not? Peter does not like shooting generally, but some interplanetary target practice with money from Washington ain’t so bad.

It would explain the rude and dismissive responses from Fred Girod’s office when gun owners called asking that he stand up for their rights. ( 4 million bucks is a nice sum for a guy whose house burned down in fires that exploded due to demented Democrat forest policy.)

It would explain why House Reps like Bill Post, who never missed an opportunity to have his hand out to gun owners when he thought the money would increase his stature in his caucus, would use his twitter feed to ridicule gun owners and mock a recall effort. (“…these are not Republicans sending threats . They are gun guys who for the most part don’t vote nor contribute to the party. They’ve never been active in the party.”)

It would explain why Lynn Findley and Bill Hansell would abandon their constituents and expedite the passage of SB 554.

It would explain why appointed Senator Bill Kennemer would stick around after telling the people who chose him as a candidate he would walk out.

It would explain why Christine Drazan, who led the House walkout last session, has reconsidered the wisdom of that (successful) strategy.

“Drazan said that the budget proposal floated by Courtney and Kotek was one key to breaking a logjam in the House, where Republicans had insisted until last week that all bills be read in full before a vote.”

That kind of money can certainly look like a lot of votes come election time. If there are any Republicans left to vote for you after your policies force most to leave the state.

So there you have it. A windfall of money from the feds, fleeced from the taxpayers, greases the skids to a new harmony in the Oregon Legislature.  And all it cost was freedom, dignity and your rights.

https://www.opb.org/article/2021/04/23/oregon-budget-experiment-would-give-every-lawmaker-millions-to-spend-within-reason/

 

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Two Gun Bans Move Forward

04.23.2021

While other states continue to reduce restrictions on gun owners, Oregon presses forward to tighten the noose around them.

(The Senate recently passed a bill making the display of a noose a crime, so we won’t illustrate this post. “Noose” means a tied loop in the end of a length of rope or cord. We are not making this up.)

Today after multiple delays and backroom deals so secret even Burdick and Prozanski were apparently excluded, the House Rules Committee amended and passed out SB554.

The final version was made public only hours before the work session and after the public could comment on it. That’s transparency at work.

Here is the version they adopted.

The bill now goes to the full House for a vote.

If the bill is brought to the floor as expected, it will pass. Bills like this do not get to the floor unless Kotek knows she has the votes.  So if it makes it to the floor the only thing the House Republicans can do is walk out and deny a quorum, something most Senate Republicans refused to do when the bill was in the Senate.

The amended version of the bill combines the attacks on law abiding gun owners of SB 554 with the attacks on gun owners that were in HB 2510.

Having only one bill to screw gun owners, while rewarding criminals. is less time consuming than having to run both bills and saves the Senate the hassle of dealing with a House bill.

Under the new version you will still need to lock up your guns and you will still be responsible for crimes committed with stolen guns. Because in Oregon, we don’t punish criminals, only  gun owners.

There were some changes made in the prohibitions on public buildings. Now instead of all public buildings being off limits, you only face prison time and a loss of gun rights if you visit our (your) capitol, a school, or an airport terminal. We have no doubts many Republicans will consider this a massive victory.

The amended bill contains this language:

“(3) ‘Control’ means, in relation to a firearm:

“(a) That the owner or possessor of the firearm is close enough to the firearm to prevent another person who is not an authorized person from obtaining the firearm; or

“(b) That the owner or possessor of the firearm is in the person’s own residence, either alone or with only authorized persons who also live in the residence and who are not minors, and the residence is secure.

The drafter of this bill insists that this means that a minor can be an “authorized person.” The committee accepted that explanation.  We simply cannot see how they can reach that conclusion.

Because of delays in the House caused by a report that someone, somewhere, was exposed to covid, (or maybe exposed to someone who was exposed) we cannot tell you when this bill will reach the floor.

If it passes out of the House it will need to go back to the Senate because of the changes.

So, at this point both the House and Senate Republican leaders STILL have the power to kill this bill.  The ball is in their court.

The Senate and House leader’s contact info follow:

Senator Fred Girod

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1709 
Email: Sen.FredGirod@oregonlegislature.gov

Representative Christine Drazan

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1439
Email: Rep.ChristineDrazan@oregonlegislature.gov

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IMPORTANT UPDATE ON SB 554

04.21.2021

Important Update on SB 554.

If you are planing to testify (or attempt to testify) on SB 554 today, please be aware of an amendment proposed by Senate President Peter Courtney.

The “dash- 20” amendment combines the lock up law (HB 2510) with SB 554 and makes a few other changes. The most important one is the addition of an “emergency clause.”

The addition of an emergency clause eliminates the ability of the people to refer the bill to the voters. It was the absence of an emergency clause that the turncoat Republicans in the Senate were using to excuse their selling out on the bill. Their position was that the people could always run a ballot measure to reverse the bill.

With the addition of the emergency clause that option virtually disappears.

The amendment also seems to reduce the number of places that will be made off limits to CHL holders but still includes a doubling of the cost of the permit.

A copy of the amendment is included if you want to refer to it in your testimony.

https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Downloads/ProposedAmendment/20425

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House Shuts Down Again

Oregon House Closes Again. And that’s fine with us.

 

UPDATE:

It appears we may have jumped the gun on our last alert posted below.

The hearings and work sessions for SB 554 will almost certainly go on tomorrow and Thursday in spite of the House closing for a covid scare.

The hearing and work sessions are held remotely. So there will be no need to stop them. Please refer back to this post for the correct info,

https://www.oregonfirearms.org/gun-ban-bill-gets-work-hearing

04.20.2021

Once again, the Oregon House is closing down because of reported case of Covid.  As of now, the hearing and work sessions on SB 554, that we told you about in today’s earlier alert, will be postponed. We do not have a new date for those meetings.

While this only delays attacks on our freedom, it does give Republicans more time to grow a spine and stop these bills.

We did mention amendments being proposed to SB 554 in our previous alert and there are two new ones so far that may be considered.

Both of these amendments were introduced by Democrat Brian Clem.  Clem used to pretend to be a defender of gun rights and once apologized to us for supporting a gun control bill with the excuse that Speaker Tina Kotek “made him do it.”

Clem is now an avowed anti-gun militant.  His two amendments ban firearms in parks and add a complete removal of Oregon’s preemption statute to SB 554. Repealing Oregon’s preemption statute would basically allow any locality to ban anything anywhere.

Meanwhile, anti-gun Democrat Brad Witt messes with the wrong gal.