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The Gathering Storm

01.19.2021

Dear Patriot,

The storm clouds are no longer on the horizon. They are directly overhead.

Our nation’s capitol is now a locked down military installation in which American citizens may no longer travel without passing through heavily armed checkpoints.

Oregon’s Capitol is now fortified with bunker blocks and you are forbidden to enter lest you face State Police in riot gear who will most certainly not welcome you.

The violence on our streets continues unabated.

Our next legislative session is about to begin and the people are forbidden from participating.  While the ruling party has paid lip service to the fantasy that Oregon voters will still have a voice through Zoom calls and submitted testimony that will never be read, the reality is the Democrats can, and will, simply turn off anyone who they deem undesirable, even if those people are elected officials of the other party.

For all intents and purposes, Republicans in the Oregon legislature will have exactly no input into coming legislation. If you live in a district that elected a Republican House or Senate member, you and your concerns no longer exist. Period.

On a national level, the Democrats are ginning up to pass the most dangerous legislation in the history of our Republic. Not only will your gun rights become a thing of the past, the Democrats are working to essentially end America as we know it.

They want to cripple local control of elections, make ultra liberal Washington DC a state, make federal employees paid pole watchers and force you to pay for the political campaigns of candidates who have vowed to crush your liberties. And if that were not enough, they have plans to  destroy organizations like Oregon Firearms with onerous and dangerous new rules to silence us.

Also in the works will be legislation to label as “domestic terrorists” anyone engaged in political activity that the left deems “illegal.” Which clearly could be anything.

Here in Oregon we are facing a list of bills that will make good people felons for engaging in activities that have always been legal.

For example, under SB 396 you will be guilty of a felony for the simple possession of an unfinished firearm receiver. So if you have manufactured a firearm at home, using perfectly legal “80%” lowers, prepare to face felony charges. But you will also be guilty if you have a receiver you have not completed into a firearm.

Under SB 554 and SB 585 not only will the cost of obtaining a concealed handgun license double, but that license could well be useless most places you go.

Have a CHL and go near a school or airport and you will be a felon.

The Democrats have also introduced legislation to force people who have never owned slaves to pay people who never were slaves, allow the governor to seize and control your property and create a program to pay private parties to report transgressions like opening a business against Kate Brown’s rules.

Right now, for better or worse, Oregon Republicans have exactly one card to play. One.

They do not have the votes to stop legislation. They do not have the ability to influence or control legislation. They do not have the power to stand in the way of legislation. Unless they resolve to, once again, walk away from this charade.

What remains of our gun rights, and other rights, was preserved by previous Republican walk outs.   You cannot reason with the ruling party, you cannot bargain with them in good faith. They have no interest in compromise or collaboration. Total, vindictive power is all that they care about. But they need a quorum to force their dangerous mandates through. And that is the one thing the Republicans can deny them.

It is not at all clear that the Republican leadership in the Oregon legislature has the stomach for another walk out.  And who can blame them?  Walk outs are costly and nerve-racking and subject participants to arrest by the State Police who are controlled by Kate Brown.  But walking out is the only bargaining chip left.

Right now the Oregon Senate is in a state of upheaval. Senator Brian Boquist recently quit the Republican Party and is now an independent.  Republican Senator Alan Olsen has resigned and if his seat is not soon filled by Clackamas County Commissioners, Kate Brown gets to pick his replacement.

Clackamas County Chair Tootie Smith has joined with the most radical fringe of left wingers to demand the resignation of newly elected Commissioner Mark Shull, opening the door to have him replaced by a leftist which will increase the risk of the Governor picking  Senator Olsen’s replacement.

We don’t pretend to know what is going to happen. So we recommend you do two things.

First, if you have a Republican House Rep or Senator urge them to stay strong and be willing to walk out.  Remind them that the only House Rep who did NOT get reelected was fake Republican Cheri Helt, and she was the only one who abandoned Oregonians and stayed behind to collude with the Democrats. While one Republican Senator failed to get reelected a new Republican Senator took control of a formally Democrat seat.

The reality is, the people recognized and rewarded Republicans who had the courage to take a stand.

Second, if the Senate and House Republicans don’t take a stand recognize the risks we face. A felony charge for having a piece of plastic or aluminum. A felony charge for picking up a loved one at college or the airport. A mandate that your firearms be kept locked and useless. A requirement that you ask the Sheriff  for permission to simply buy a firearm and then only after time consuming and costly “training”, if the Sheriff even decides to grant you that “permission.”

Take stock of your personal situation. Do not wait to acquire any items that may soon become even harder (or more dangerous) to acquire.

We learned from the treacherous actions of Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Apple how quickly people can be silenced. Things happen fast.  Any preparations you make now will serve you well no matter what happens. But given the current state of our country it would be wise to prepare for the worst.

Biden/Harris have promised to come after you. The Democrats in Oregon have done the same. Assume they are (for once) telling the truth.

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2021 Anti Gun Bills Announced

01.11.2010

The Oregon Legislature has announced the first of the firearms bills for 2021.

You can view them here.

The links will take you to a page with all the information about the bills including the bill language, sponsors, and amendments as they become available.  It will also provide the bill history as it moves through the legislature and upcoming actions as they are scheduled.

When hearings are scheduled these links will also contain “meeting materials” such as uploaded testimony.

You can use this link to sign up for alerts from individual legislators and to get updates on any bills you are following.

As of this writing, the Legislative website has not updated this link to show bills to follow so check back at the link soon.

Here is a quick run down on the anti-gun bills.

HB 2510 is another mandatory lock up your guns bill. Basically a rehash of what the Democrats tried to force through last time.

HB 2543 eliminates the protection gun buyers have if the State Police can’t or won’t complete a background check. If they don’t complete the check you cannot buy a gun.

Sb 396 prohibits “undetectable firearms”. This is the Democrats hamfisted attempt to ban “ghost guns” constructed or produced, including through a three-dimensional printing process, entirely of nonmetal substances”.  The bill also redefines “unfinished frames and receivers “ as actual firearms and requires they be treated as such for possession and transfer.

SB 554 allows localities, schools, and airports to ban CHL holders from their property and any location near their property.The bill increases the fee for a CHL from $50 to $100.00 and renewals to $75.00. If you pick up a family member from the airport you can be charged with a Class C felony if you have a firearm even with a CHL. ( Obviously this applies only if you are carrying a gun.)

SB 585 repeals Oregon’s preemption law allowing any locality to create and enforce any gun law they choose.

SB 604 requires a permit to purchase firearms. The bill requires mandatory training, background checks, and fees. The bill requires safety training from the “National Firearms Association”. (Not a misprint) The permit must be renewed every 5 years.

As you know, pursuant to the rules imposed by the House Speaker and the Senate President, you will no longer be permitted to testify against these bills in the Capitol building. Remote testimony during the interim sessions was mostly a failure and people who signed up to testify often could not. Republican legislators who had comments that the chairs of the committees disagreed with were shut off. Do not expect to be treated differently.

So what does all this mean?  The Democrats still have a super majority. They do not need a single Republican vote to pass any of these bills, and except for the permit to purchase bill, they have been trying to pass all this stuff for years. So they are determined. They are also blood thirsty and vindictive. The only reason some of this did not get passed last session was because the Republicans walked out.  We have no way of knowing if they will again. Walking out is very costly and subjects Republicans to arrest.

For the last year the State Police and Sheriffs have used covid as an excuse to either not do their jobs (conducting background checks and issuing CHL’s) or to do them very badly.

As we have learned, nothing in the law compels sheriffs to accept CHL applications and nothing in the permit-to-purchase law compels them to accept applications to purchase.

While the law does require the State Police to provide an estimate of time it will take them to complete a background check for a current firearms purchase, they frequently ignore that law and face no liability for doing so.  There is little reason to believe that these same practices will not apply to the permit-to-purchase law.

It is impossible for us to predict if the Democrats will be more successful eliminating your rights this session than they have in past. (The Democrats in the US Congress are also introducing an avalanche of anti-gun bills.) But it would be prudent to consider it likely and if you plan to own any firearms in the future, and you can find them, maybe now would be the time to acquire them. The same is true if you are considering an “unfinished” receiver purchase.

The session officially begins on Jan, 19th.

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Emergency. This Is Not A Drill.

01.10.2021

 

If you are reading this you have access to email or websites. So we don’t need to tell you that there is a fast moving and very dangerous effort to silence anyone who does not bow down to Marxist dogma.

Far more quickly than most of us ever imagined, voices of patriots are being silenced as big tech colludes with the state to destroy any platforms of free speech.

Twitter and Facebook are basically done as vehicles for communication for our side. Google and Apple have moved to silence Parler.  Amazon has or, soon will, actually shut Parler down.

Firefox Browser has called to go further than simply shutting people down, they want their political opponents tracked down and punished.

From politicians to academia to mainstream media to Hollywood, left wing radicals are demanding retribution against anyone they can identify as having supported the current administration.

If you know anything about the history of Marxist revolutions you know their threats need to be taken very seriously.

Not satisfied to have seized control of the government, the left is now demanding revenge.

Given the left’s stranglehold on the legacy news media and the internet, you may soon have virtually no access to accurate news.  The dominos are falling very quickly.

As a result we are suggesting you take some steps.

First, if you have any important or sensitive documents, photos, or info on “the cloud” immediately make copies that you can keep locally.

If you are still using controlled social media like Facebook or Twitter, stop posting anything that reveals personal information or non Marxist ideology.  It may be too late to remove previous posts that can be used against you.

We believe that for now, our website is not in any way threatened. But of course that could change. We cannot guarantee that our mass email system will not be attacked. If it is, we suggest you continue to check our webpage for news and updates.

If you have a “Gmail” email address we strongly recommend you consider at very least getting a second email address that is NOT Gmail and adding it to our alert list.

One you might consider is “Proton mail.”

Even if you only use this address for our alerts, it removes Google’s ability to interfere with our communications.

As you know, Twitter blocked OFF’s account and we stopped posting on Facebook some time ago.

We have an active page on MEWE and while we do have a lightly used Parler page we can’t assume those will remain active.

If you use, or think you should be using social media, may we suggest you check out Ipatriot.io

It has an interface Facebook users will recognize, it is run by patriots and its servers are offshore and not likely to be compromised. We have only used it on computers and not smart phones and it appears for now it only works on Android devices and not iPhones. So if you are planning on using it and you can, please check it out on a computer.

You may also want to consider the “Brave” browser which claims to be private and safe. We cannot prove whether those claims are true so feel free to check it out yourself.

“Legislative Days” start tomorrow in Salem. While this is not the beginning of the actual session (which starts on the 19th) legislators will be in the building for meetings and organization. The public is NOT permitted in the capitol anymore. Any legislative meetings that the public can see will only be remote. Your ability to have any input during hearings will be severely throttled and at the whim of whomever is running the Zoom connection.

House Speaker Tina Kotek, whose chief of staff was arrested for rioting in Portland, has declared her intention to do everything in her power to punish pro gun House Rep Mike Nearman for the “crime” of leaving the building during a protest of Oregon patriots who entered their building when he opened the door to leave.  She is including criminal charges in her threats against him. Please consider any support you can offer for Mike’s legal defense.

Keep in mind that the Oregon State Police were in full riot gear in large numbers in the building and had armored cars staged outside. So how Kotek can conclude that Oregonians entering their own building was the “fault” of Rep Nearman is just another testimony to how dangerous, vindictive, and unhinged Kotek and the left have become.

We know there will be a raft of anti-gun bills introduced this session just as there have been in the last few days in Washington.  The left smells blood and has declared war on the Constitution.  We are facing truly unprecedented challenges as we do our best to defend our rights while being banned from the process by a cabal of hateful leftists.  While we cannot predict the details of what will happen next, we can absolutely promise you we are in for some difficult times.

Please take whatever steps you can right away to protect your ability to communicate and safeguard your personal data and info. This absolutely cannot wait.

 

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Christmas 2020

Christmas 2020

 

Dear Friends,

It would be impossible to overstate how hideous this past year has been.

While our entire nation felt the attacks on freedom resulting from covid, Oregon was among the states with the most extreme assaults on liberty.

We were told to abandon our elderly, isolate our children, and give up our livelihoods.

Untold numbers of businesses have closed forever. Countless Oregonians lost their jobs and their savings and their ability to worship or even dine with their friends. Far too many waited in desperation for relief from the state because Oregon refused to make the kind of computer updates every person does routinely on their home equipment.

The ruling party did all it could to silence dissent and different opinions while approving of looting and rioting by leftist thugs.

And in the middle of it all, fires ravaged our state costing thousands of Oregonians everything they owned.

Here at OFF, we have seen far too many of our supporters leave the state in anger and frustration. And we can’t blame a single one of them.

But, through it all, so many of you have stood bravely in the face of this madness determined to confront the forces that have worked to destroy our country.

And we can tell you without reservation, that spirit is growing.

Although no one can say for sure if there is a political solution, there are people in elected office who are fighting for you. It’s true that every effort is being made to silence them, but they are there.

And, if it becomes impossible to resolve the ills that plague our state and nation in the halls of our capitols, we remain confident that Oregonians and Americans still have the character and grit to face down the enemies of freedom elsewhere.

So now, with Christmas upon us, we want to thank each one of you who have supported us with your donations, activism and words of encouragement even as you faced such enormous challenges yourselves.

To all who have decided to leave Oregon we sincerely wish you the best in your new homes and urge you to spread the message of freedom wherever you find yourselves.  To all who are staying to fight we express our deepest gratitude and wish you and yours a peaceful and joyous Christmas.

If fortune permits, we wish you comfort and time with loved ones and pray for an endless spirit of defiance to tyrants.

Merry Christmas.

Oregon Firearms Federation

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

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Pistol Brace Regulation Proposal “withdrawn.”

Pistol Brace Regulation Proposal “withdrawn.”

 

Pistol Brace

12.23.2020
In a notice dated today, Dec 23, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced the withdrawal of a notice and request for comments entitled “Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with ‘Stabilizing Braces’,” that was published on December 18, 2020.”

We told you about this proposal to regulate pistol braces here.

As you know, pistol braces have become a very popular accessory for some larger pistols and the ATF was proposing the requirement that “some” pistols with “some” pistol braces be considered short barrel rifles subject to NFA regulations.

This would have meant that literally millions of people could be turned into felons if they failed to register, as short barrel rifles, firearms that are perfectly legal today.

According to today’s notice “Upon further consultation with the Department of Justice and the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, ATF is withdrawing, pending further Department of Justice review, the notice and request for comments entitled “Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with ‘Stabilizing Braces’,” that was published on December 18, 2020. 85 FR 82516.”

This does not mean ATF will stop attempting to create new, confusing, and arbitrary rules that could entrap well meaning gun owners. But it appears the immediate threat has passed.

For all those who took time to share your comments with ATF about the proposed rule changes, we thank you for your activism and wish you a Merry Christmas.

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And Now It’s “Pistol Braces”

And Now It’s Pistol Braces

 

12.19.2020

As you know, the ATF is now coming after “pistol braces.”

The long and tortured history of these devices has had gun owners continually attempting to determine if they are legal and when.

The ATF’s arbitrary and ever changing guidelines have left Americans baffled about exactly what next could land them in prison.

Most recently, ATF seemed to have agreed that pistol braces do not turn pistols into short barrel rifles and were legal to own. Now however, it appears that is no longer the case. Or it is, or it’s not. No one is sure.

Just as we warned that the reclassification of bump stocks into “machine guns” was a bizarre overreach and only the beginning, we can assure you that outlawing or “regulating” pistol braces will not be the end of the efforts to entrap well meaning gun owners.

Currently it appears that ATF intends to make some pistol braces illegal some of the time on some guns. We can predict with great confidence that the rules will be complex, contradictory, and subject to whim assuring that gun owners will always be in danger of criminal penalties no matter how much they attempt to comply.

When the owners of perfectly legal bump stocks were turned into felons with the stroke of a pen, many in the firearms “community” expressed the opinion that we should cave on the issue. That somehow it was tactically sound to refuse to defend what many felt was a toy or a gimmick, as though that capitulation would satisfy the enemy and they would leave us alone.

Clearly that strategy was misguided at best and preemptory surrender at worst.

Nothing will satisfy the forces that call for total civilian disarmament.

So now it’s “pistol braces,” a device that even the Obama administration agreed was not a regulated NFA item.

ATF has plans to regulate pistol braces, but not in any way that can be understood or complied with.  Once again, the intention is to ensnare as many people as possible or simply get them to throw up their hands, throw down their guns and give up.

If you are not one of those people, there is an opportunity to take action.

While the worst is ahead of us, at least now, today, there is still a way to make your voice heard in opposition to the proposed unintelligible and arbitrary regulations.

You can see what ATF has in mind, and take action to oppose it at this link.

It’s easy and extremely important.  At a time when we have been locked out of the legislative process by the people we elected to represent us, we should take advantage of whatever tools are left to make our voices heard.

Thank you for stepping up.

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The Coming Storm

The Coming Storm

 


12.15.2020

 

At today’s White House press conference Trump’s press secretary said that legal challenges to the election results and the vote by the Electoral College are ongoing.

However, in light of the outcomes of all legal challenges so far, the likelihood of success in the courts is small.

As a result, gun owners need to prepare for (at least for a while) a Biden presidency. Given his fragile mental state and his apparent corrupt connections to Communist China, he may not serve for very long. If he is removed, American gun owners will then have Harris as President.

We think once installed, the Biden-Harris administration will have enough leverage to stymie any real federal investigation into the Biden family’s corrupt dealings with foreign nations so it’s more likely that Harris will take over as a result of Biden’s declining mental state.

While the United States has faced anti-gun presidents in the past, Biden-Harris will be the first administration that campaigned on the platform of gun confiscation. While we do not yet know how the Senate races in Georgia will turn out, it’s important to note that Mitch McConnell has already congratulated Biden on his “victory” and so we should not count on massive resistance in the Senate.

Furthermore, it’s extremely likely that Biden-Harris will attempt to enact as many confiscatory measures as they can via executive order. Unfortunately, Trump provided a perfect roadmap for that kind of action when he directed ATF to magically turn bump stocks into machine guns. If a piece of plastic can be a machine gun, you can rest assured your AR or AK can too.

There has been much chatter about simply turning regular rifles into NFA items much as the Clinton administration did with Streetsweeper shotguns.

Biden-Harris have made it clear that they will be coming after semi-automatic firearms and standard magazines as soon as possible. We have no reason to believe that other types of firearms will be immune in spite of Biden’s bizarre advice to “get a double barreled shotgun, have the shells a twelve gauge shotgun”.

While it’s impossible to know how much local law enforcement will cooperate in gun confiscations, we do know that recent actions by ATF indicate that Federal agencies are eager to enforce whatever restrictions they can get away with.

As such it’s important that gun owners be aware of both state and Federal laws.  Although it’s clear that ATF is more than willing to violate even its own regulations, a working knowledge of Oregon law will be helpful.

As of August of 2015, most transfers of firearms must be conducted through licensed firearms dealers. That means that the State Police have records of those transfers including the information on both buyer and seller and the make, model, caliber, and serial number of the transferred gun.

So OSP has knowledge of any firearm that came into your possession legally from that date forward.

Oregon law requires that the records of those transfers be destroyed after 5 years. There is absolutely no reason to believe they are.

But keep in mind that firearms you had in your possession prior to that date could have been transferred, by you, to another party, legally, with no state knowledge or involvement. Prior to that date there was also no mandate that you kept records of who you transferred the firearm to.

This means that firearms you acquired after August of 2015 could not be removed from your possession without state approval (except for transfers to some family members) but firearms you acquired prior to that date could be.

The coming gun confiscations come at a time when violent crime is soaring in cities across the country including Oregon, and armed take overs of city blocks are met with apologies from the authorities to the thugs who took them over.

It would be wise to make whatever preparations you consider prudent for the coming changes in Federal law. These might include expanding and solidifying your network of people who share your beliefs and values.

Here in Oregon the Governor has called for a “special session” on Dec 21.

As has become the norm in Oregon, you will not be allowed to be part of the process except through whatever video feeds are working at the time. Input from citizens in Oregon is no longer a practical reality.

While the Governor has stated she wants to use this session to distribute “$800 million in aid for people and businesses affected by 2020’s pandemic and wildfires…including rural, Black, indigenous, Latino/Latina/Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander and tribal communities” some members of the legislature have been demanding that the session include a long list of new legislation that could never be adequately vetted and discussed in a short time frame.

As for coming legislation, we do know that there have been a number of bills drafted and introduced as “legislative concepts” already. Several of these would end the requirement for a quorum to vote on bills and fine any legislator who was not present. This would assure that the ruling party could ram through anything and it would be impossible to stall dangerous legislation by walking out, a tactic the Republicans used to block dangerous gun control bills, like the mandatory lock up bill, in the past.

Other bills would basically outlaw police in schools and we have been reliably informed that there will be a reintroduction of the mandatory lock up bill and a new “permit to purchase” bill. 

If the past is any indication, the ruling party will block any legislation or amendments proposed by Republicans. However, it’s important to keep in mind that anything can happen.  As you know, there is currently a battle for leadership in the House with the winner becoming Speaker.

Currently far left Tina Kotek is Speaker and her caucus nominated her for another term. However, she is being challenged by Janelle Bynum who represents the “People of Color Caucus” and has taken the position that it’s time for a black woman to lead the House.  Her initial effort to win the seat failed and Kotek then appointed a leadership team that included exactly no “people of color” so it’s safe to say there will be some payback for that move. The job of Speaker is voted on by the entire House however, so Republicans will have a vote on the final election and Kotek cannot win if the entire “People of Color Caucus” and the Republicans vote against her. This creates some interesting and unpredictable dynamics.

Kotek is extremely unpopular amongst Republican House members as she has blocked Republican legislation and stripped people of committee assignments when they displeased her. Bynum is also a far left anti-gunner, but because she owns several MacDonalds restaurants may be seen as less eager to crush small businesses than Kotek is. How this will play out is anyone’s guess, but it’s still safe to bet that the anti-gun majority will be making every effort to gut gun rights in 2021.

As you know, the tech-left has been shutting down dissent on most social media platforms. OFF’s Twitter account was blocked and Facebook routinely censors any message that does not conform to their left wing agenda.

OFF has moved to “MEWE” as a Facebook alternative and you can join us here.

For those unfamiliar with MEWE, it’s a platform that is very similar to Facebook without the ads. So far we have not faced any censoring of our messages there. (We have been told that the platform is a bit challenging on smart phones but it does work easily on computers )

OFF also has a presence on the Twitter alternative “Parler” (parler.com) although we have not yet used it as extensively as MEWE. Still, if you have not investigated it, it is worth checking out.

As long as it’s a viable platform we’ll continue to use MEWE and have found it to be a good place to share info such as deals on ammo that we come across.

Conventional news sources have become increasingly unreliable so we urge you to keep an eye on alternative sources to keep up with events and laws affecting your gun rights. As always, we’ll do everything in our power to provide you with timely and accurate info on state and federal matters. Oregonians have been locked out of their building, our Capitol, but we still need to make our voices heard in addition to everything else we need to do in these challenging times.

 

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And now…taxes

And now…taxes.

 

11.30.2020

2020 was not a good year for Oregonians.  Jobs were lost. Businesses were ruined or damaged. Fires ravaged our state while our “leaders” stood by and our state agencies bungled every single task assigned to them.

We truly hope that after the train wreck that was this year in Oregon, you are not still faced with owing the state taxes for 2020. But if after all we have been through, the tax man is still coming for you, keep in mind ( that at least for now) you can still make a donation to OFF’s Political Action Committee and not send it to Kate Brown.

Oregon’s political tax credit law allows you to donate to our PAC and actually deduct the amount you donate from any tax you owe the State of Oregon.

But this is not a “tax deduction.” This is a tax credit, and a heck of a deal.

While there is no limit on how much you can donate, there is a limit to the credit. If you file alone, the limit is $50.00. If you file jointly with your spouse, the limit is $100.00 per tax year.  But you must do it before the end of the year to take advantage of the credit for 2020.

For more info about the credit, please see this link

To take advantage of the credit and possibly lower your tax bill while contributing to the election of pro-gun candidates, please use this link.

If you prefer to use PayPal, please use the yellow button in this link.

While we are still facing chaos on the national front and the prospect of a president who has promised to take your guns, you should know that because of people like you, we were able to make substantial contributions to solid pro-gun candidates in the last election and change the makeup of the Oregon legislature for the better.

An ardent anti-gun Senator has been replaced with a pro-gun Republican you helped elect. With your help two new pro-gun House members were elected and one “Republican” House member, whose focus was on disarming Oregonians, was defeated. Her presence in the Republican Caucus was a major negative influence and her removal is a step towards a stronger and more cohesive legislative body.

None of this could have happened without you.

For everyone who supported us with  time, donations and kind words we are truly thankful. You made a difference. If you have not yet taken advantage of Oregon’s political tax credit there is still time. But not much.

To use some of the money the Oregon Department of Revenue would like to take from you, to instead help protect gun rights in Oregon, you must make your PAC donation before the end of the year.

With all that’s happened this year and the coming holiday it will be easy to miss this opportunity. So please consider donating today so you don’t send Kate a dime more than you have to.

We have never seen the kinds of threats we are facing to our liberties that we are seeing today. We still have a majority of gun grabbers in the legislature so there is still a lot to be done.

We are very grateful for all who helped us this year. But if you still have not taken advantage of this deal, please do so soon.

If you prefer to contribute by check, you may certainly do so. Just make your check or money order out to “OFFPAC” Box 556, Canby OR 97013.

All donors receive a prompt receipt in the mail for their contribution.

Together we can make a profound difference in 2021.

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Will Covid Kill Gun Rights?

Will Covid Kill Gun Rights?

11.16.2020 

 

In the wake of earlier shut downs and unchecked urban rioting, followed by wildfires that devastated much of the state, Kate Brown has imposed extreme new restrictions on your liberty and right to assemble.

Not only has she threatened arrest and jail time for people whose churches include 26 or more people should they have the audacity to meet, she has promised those same punishments for meeting in your own home.

Brown has now imposed a restriction on “social gatherings” limiting them to 6 people from “no more than two households.” It is unclear how this applies to families with more than 6 members, but what is clear is they better not invite even one more person to their home. (Homeless shelters are not bound by these rules.)

Brown has also reinstituted an end to visiting the elderly in care facilities.

Irrespective of your position on these measures, there is no doubt that they have caused unimagined damage to businesses, cost countless jobs, vastly increased the rates of suicide, substance abuse and domestic violence and guaranteed that a vast number of older Oregonians will die alone, forbidden from feeling a last hug from a child or grandchild.

And while many thousands of Oregonians have lost their jobs, an untold number of them are still not receiving the unemployment benefits they are entitled to. (The state has generously provided Federal money to select Oregonians however.)

Whether or not these restrictions are lawful and constitutional is doubtful. House Rep Werner Reschke published a newsletter on Nov 15th statingIt is important to note that many of her orders are unconstitutional from both a Federal and State perspective. It does not matter what her reasons are, what she claims, or what statues she may cite.”

He then referenced the US Constitution’s 4th Amendment and the Oregon Constitution’s sections 9,22, and 30 in Article 1.

Senator Brian Boquist sent a plainly worded letter to the Superintendent of the State Police asking “Does the Oregon State Police intend to conduct extrajudicial raids against private citizens on their private property without a warrant signed by a judge from a legal court of law? Yes or no? Not asking or interested in rhetoric, propaganda or any attempts for justifications…. Simple yes or no.”

While Oregon law prohibits confiscation of firearms during emergencies, Brown’s belief that she has unlimited powers could well put you in jail for sharing a Thanksgiving meal with your loved ones or attempting to visit an aging parent. And a misdemeanor arrest will almost certainly lead to a loss of a concealed handgun license and any firearm in your possession at the time of your arrest. So there is no question that these draconian and arbitrary rules could well lead to a loss of your gun rights in addition to your freedom.

While the Governor has used Covid as a justification for imposing these totalitarian measures, her own underlings have provided little but double talk and evasive responses to questions about the reasons for these lockdowns.

According to a recent story in the Oregonian:

“A staple of previous reports, the state used new software this week and calculated but then decided not to include information about those severe cases because it didn’t appear to “give us the right numbers,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state’s epidemiologist.

Asked if the number of severe cases appeared too high or too low, he said he didn’t have details but “would look into it.”

That’s a  vague and unacceptable response when you have imposed new laws, approved by no legislature, that curtail Oregonian’s freedom and put their gun rights at risk.

Other Republican legislators are questioning Brown’s new edicts though none as forcefully as Boquist.

Brown has called on local law enforcement to help enforce her mandates. At this point there is no way to know how many will agree to arrest people in their churches and homes but the risk is real.

As of now Brown has been able to impose her will virtually unchecked and her new restrictions are the most severe and dangerous yet. There is little reason to believe that her ever extended emergencies are going to end soon when they have given her unlimited control. She is an avowed opponent of gun rights and it’s safe to assume she would not hesitate to use her power to clamp down on gun owners.

For months the Oregon State Police have been providing only limited service approving gun sales with some people sailing through while others waited weeks just to have the approval process begin.

We believe these extreme restrictions are simply a down payment on what to expect under a Biden presidency, if for no other reason than that’s what he has promised. We strongly recommend you reach out to your county sheriff, and if you live outside of a large city, your local police, and request that they inform you of their intentions in regard to the Governor’s new dictates.

Freedom is lost one right at a time, and in Oregon the dominos are clearly falling.

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Where We Stand

11.11.2020

We have good news and bad news.

As of now the chaos in the Presidential election shows no sign of abating.

Virtually 100% of the media have anointed Joe Biden President but the Trump campaign has given no indication of giving up as more reports of ballot fraud come in from across the nation.

Here in Oregon, our own elections were shaken up by the abrupt dismissal of a long time elections official.

Unlike any other major Presidential candidate in US history, Biden has said, unequivocally, that he plans to confiscate your guns.  Whatever you think of this election and its outcome, one thing is clear. Biden will be the most dangerous thing that has ever happened to the Second Amendment in our history.

Locally, the people who have been destroying our cities appeared to have taken no comfort in Biden’s declared victory and have now turned their wrath on, of all things, Democrats. However this plays out, there is no reason to expect a reduction in violence and with leading Democrats calling for retribution against anyone who supported Trump, don’t plan on any peace and quiet soon.

Locally, Oregon gun owners did better than many expected.  Not a single Republican who walked out of the last session lost. Both Columbia and Umatilla Counties passed Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinances.

OFF’s Political Action Committee was able to contribute substantially to the winners in both the House and Senate. It was your generosity that allowed us to help them to victory. So, thank you.

Two House seats formally held by Democrats are now in the hands of pro-gun Republicans. (Neither Democrat sought reelection.)

House District 9, formally held by Caddy McKeown now is held by pro-gun Boomer Wright.

In District 32, anti-gun Tiffany Mitchell was replaced by Suzanne Weber, another strong supporter of gun rights.

In District 52, anti-gun Anna Williams is (as of this writing) only 176 votes ahead of pro-gun Jeff Helfrich. That’s less than half a percentage point. (Keep that in mind if you wonder whether your vote counts.)

In House District 31, anti-gun Democrat Brad Witt leads pro-gun Brian Stout by a mere 1.26 points in a race that most predicted Witt would walk away with. Keep in mind, although Witt is on record  promoting extreme gun control measures, he was endorsed by the NRA. It’s not hard to conclude that that endorsement alone accounted for his small lead. Once again the NRA has managed to help keep the balance of power with the people who are determined to eliminate your rights.  Why? Who knows?

Only one incumbent Republican House Member lost, Cheri Helt from Bend. (District 54) And while some in the Republican Caucus considered that a defeat, it was a victory for gun owners. Helt was a fraud who sided with the far left on many issues and made attacking gun rights the cornerstone of her campaign. She stayed behind with the Democrats when the real Republicans walked out and served no purpose except as a conduit for information directly to the Democrats she served.   Her defeat was a victory for gun owners.

While some Republicans believe that having even a bad Republican was a good thing, the reality is, it didn’t matter how many Republicans they had, it only mattered how many would stand with them when it came time to walk. Helt betrayed the Republicans every chance she got. Her defeat is no net loss and only makes the caucus stronger.

And now it would seem the House Democrats are in turmoil as their iron fisted House Speaker, Tina Kotek, is facing a challenge from an equally far left radical, Janelle Bynum. Bynum got national attention when, as co-chair of the “Joint Committee On Transparent Policing and Use of Force Reform,” she pulled the plug on a remote hearing rather than allow Senator Dallas Heard to ask a question. 

It’s interesting to note that the Republican Senator from Bend, Tim Knopp, also sold out his party and refused to stand with the Republicans to defend your gun rights, preferring to stay behind with the Democrats.

Knopp was endorsed by NRA and given an “A” rating in spite of proudly posing with Bloomberg’s “Mom’s Demand Action” and praising them for their bravery.

Tim Knopp’s Facebook Page

 At this time he is ahead of his opponent by less than 2 points.  While he does add to the total number of Republicans, his siding with the gun grabbing Democrats does nothing to help the caucus. (People who contacted Knopp when he sold out gun owners were told he had “been asked to stay behind to monitor what the Democrats were doing.” Those people were lied to.)

On the Senate side, it appears we may lose one Senate seat in District 10 although that race is still very close. Incumbent Denyc Boles is behind Democrat Deb Patterson by half a point.  The Libertarian candidate has 3.55% and may very well be the reason Republicans lose that seat.

However, anti-gun Democrat Senator Arnie Roblan (District 5) did not seek reelection and is rumored to be planning a move to Connecticut as soon as possible. That seat was taken by pro-gun Republican Dick Anderson. So if the numbers do not change, we will have the same number of Republican Senators and one additional Republican House member.

Perhaps the biggest blow to gun owners was the election of Shemia Fagan to Secretary of State. Fagan is one of the most vitriolic haters of gun rights ever to become involved in Oregon politics.  She was bankrolled almost exclusively by liberal union dollars and has made no secret of her hopes to become Governor “should our current governor leave office.”

(And actually, that could happen if Biden does become President. Senator Merkley could get a cabinet appointment and Brown could seek his seat. Or Biden could give Brown a cabinet appointment directly. Since she cannot run again next election cycle, this could be an appealing way for her to stay in politics. Fagan would be Governor and pick the new Secretary of State.)

Should Fagan become Governor, Oregon gun owners will be looking back fondly on the days of Kate Brown. If the Oregon Legislature cannot agree on a redistricting plan, Fagan and her left wing comrades get to gerrymander Oregon electoral districts as well. Fagan also will preside over Political Action Committees like ours.

Since the state locked the people out of the Capitol, there has been no “business as usual.” All legislative business is conducted remotely and your voice has been effectively muzzled. We simply do not know what the coming session will look like, if it happens at all, so having good legislators representing us is more important than it has ever been.

In spite of the Fagan win, Oregon gun owners made solid gains in an election where a “blue wave” of anti-gun victories was predicted. Your support and generosity helped change the balance of power in the legislature and demonstrated that the battle is far from over.

If you would like to help continue these successes, please consider donating to OFFPAC. Your donation could cost you nothing and can help elect even more good people to office.

Thank you for all you have done to help us put good people in office and thank you for being part of this unprecedented battle.

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Vote 2020

 

10.28.2020

 

 

If you’re reading this, you are almost certainly more engaged than the average person. So you probably don’t have to be reminded to vote.

But if you have not already returned your ballot, please don’t wait. It is too late to mail your ballot in and be guaranteed it will be received in time, and given the many stories in the news lately, counting on the mail is risky at best. Please be sure to bring your ballot directly to your local election office or use a secure ballot drop location.

At this point in the election, most people who have not voted will not be making a decision based on ads or news stories. That means that their choice of candidates is most likely to be influenced by people they know and trust. That could very well be you.

If you have friends or family that have still not voted, please urge them to complete and return their ballot. There is simply too much at stake to sit this one out.

Nationally, the choice is fairly stark. As a gun owner, your rights and property literally hang in the balance. For a look at what the future holds for supporters of the Second Amendment under a Biden/Harris administration you need look no farther than their web  page.

And as you probably know, the ATF is already setting the wheels in motion for a broad and dangerous rewriting of the regulations to entrap hundreds of thousands of American gun owners.

ATF has a long history of changing the rules based on whims and politics and now it appears they may very well be warming up for a Biden presidency where they can turn countless American gun owners into felons overnight.

The situation is no different locally.

If the Democrats maintain their stranglehold over the Oregon Legislature you can expect a tidal wave of anti-gun legislation in the coming session.

Currently, you as a voter are all but shut out of the process as our capitol is locked down to the people. The recent hearings that have been held “remotely” have been a joke, with continual technical failures, almost no access by the public to testify, and entire hearings simply being “turned off” by the Democrats in power when they were confronted by Republicans with questions they did not want to answer.

You can expect that to become standard procedure if the Democrats remain in power, that is if there is a session at all.

Recently Democrat Senator Lee Beyer wrote to other Senators and said:

“I have come to the conclusion that it will not be possible to conduct a regular session in the current environment.  I don’t like the idea of walking through full hallways of people or setting in full committee rooms with limited ventilation.  And, I don’t like the idea of the routine continuous 15 minute meetings with people in my office when not in committee or session.”

Beyer went on to suggest they not even meet in February and in fact suggested that they change the date of the next session so legislators do not have to expose themselves to the public.

Clearly, our entire system of government is under attack and that’s why your vote, and the votes of those you influence, is so critical.

And that’s why we need your help.

Many of you have already taken advantage of the Oregon PAC Tax Credit by donating to OFFPAC. Thank you for that. If you have not, now is the time to help turn our state around, and it could cost you nothing.

As you may know, Oregon law allows you to contribute to a political action committee like OFFPAC and get an actual tax credit for your donation. That’s not a “deduction” it’s an actual “credit”.

If you file jointly, you and your spouse can get a  credit for up to $100.00 on any tax you owe the state of Oregon. Persons who file singly can get a credit of up to $50.00.  That’s money you actually remove from any tax liability you have to Oregon, meaning instead of sending that money to Kate Brown, you can use it to fight for your rights!

Click here for details.

While the tax credits are up to $100.00 there is no limit to what you can donate.

As you know, this fight is about to get a whole lot rougher no matter who wins in November.

You can make a secure online donation here.

If you prefer to use PAYPAL you can use the yellow “donate” button on this page.

If you’d rather donate “offline” you can send a donation to “OFFPAC” to PO Box 556, Canby OR. 97013.

But you must do it soon to claim the credit on your 2020 taxes.

Our PAC has been a major donor to pro-gun candidates this election cycle. And we’ve only been able to do it because of the generosity of people like you. Oregon races have become amazingly expensive and there is no way for our friends to compete without sufficient financial backing. So your contributions are critical.

Please consider donating whatever you can afford today, remember, your donation could cost you nothing.

If you’ve already made a PAC donation this year, again, thank you. If so please consider donating directly to the Oregon Firearms Federation to support our work to promote positive legislation and keep you informed and active.

Both of our “online” links allow you to earmark where you want your donation to go, so be sure to let us know so we can make sure you get any applicable tax benefit.

But most importantly please vote. Time is running out.

The Oregon Firearms Federation Candidate Grades can be found here.

For a list of secure ballot drop off sights use this link.

To track the receipt of your own ballot use this link.

For an online voter guide from the Secretary of State, click here.

Thank you very much for your support, your willingness to vote, and your commitment to our rights. It’s going to be a rocky election, we are grateful to have you on our side.

 

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Show Time 2020

10.19.2020

VOTE!


Ballots are in the mail, and if you are lucky, yours has, or will arrive.

For the thousands misplaced by the fires, the Secretary of State has created this link to help you vote:
With all due respect to our friends at the Post Office, based on personal experience, we have no faith in the vote by mail system. We regularly get other people’s mail and fail to receive our own. If you do not receive a ballot very soon, contact your local elections office immediately.

We strongly recommend that you do not “mail” your ballot back. Yes, you are now paying the postage for all the Oregonians who our legislature determined could not figure out how to buy and affix a stamp, but we still recommend you deliver it to the elections office yourself or at very least use a “secure” ballot drop box if one is available to you.

 

We don’t have to remind you how important this election is. Our gun rights are not all that hang in the balance. Those in power in Oregon are actively assisting in the destruction of the state and the only thing that can change that is you.

 

We have attached our 2020 voting guide. Please consider it as you make your decisions.

The grades reflect either the record of any candidate who has actually held office, or the responses we received to our survey if they have not. Of course, survey responses are no substitute for a voting record but in the case of a candidate who has not held office it’s the best metric we have. Personal interviews with candidates are factored in when those were possible.

 

You will note that there are candidates who are endorsed with “B+” ratings. As we point out on the candidate grade page, “B+” is the highest rating we give to a candidate who has not held office. This rating does not mean they are lacking in their commitment to gun rights. It is simply a way to differentiate between candidates who have promised to protect your rights and candidates who have been there and proven that commitment.  An endorsed, “B+” candidate is a good choice for gun rights. A rating of “NR” means they have no record and did not respond to our survey. That is usually a good sign that they do NOT support gun rights.

 

For those of you who receive NRA candidate ratings, please note that NRA’s ratings often do not reflect that a candidate supports gun rights.

 

For example, the NRA endorsed Senator Tim Knopp whose Facebook page shows photos of him proudly posing with Bloomberg’s “brave” anti-gun “Moms Demand Action.” Knopp also refused to join Republican Senators when they walked out to protect your rights, choosing to stay behind with the anti-gun Democrats.

 

NRA endorsed Representative Brad Witt, who has called for banning rifle sales to 18-20 year olds.

 

They gave no rating to House Speaker Tina Kotek who is in control of Oregon’s most militant anti-gun House and who has been part of the cabal of Oregon leftists who condone and promote the rioting and looting that is destroying Portland.

 

If you are unsure which district you are in, you can find out here:
Please make your voice heard.
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First They Came For The Bump Stocks

10.09.2020

 

First they came for the bump stocks…

Well actually, it didn’t start with bump stocks and it won’t end there. But as you may know, ATF has now placed “pistol braces” in its sights. And that means a whole lot of people could become felons for owning something they were already assured was legal.

When the ATF magically turned pieces of plastic into “machine guns” a lot of good Americans were magically turned into criminals. The ruling (regardless of how you feel about bump stocks) was absurd. No matter how you twist things, a “bump stock” is not a machine gun.

Now after years of baffling and contradictory rulings on the legality of “pistol braces” it appears they may be next on the hit list.

Pistol Brace

 

A firearms maker, “Q LLC” has been informed by ATF that an AR pistol they have been selling, which appears to be functionally identical to countless other AR pistols, is now considered a regulated short barrel rifle.

ATF’s regulations are usually incomprehensible. But what’s worse is they are ever changing. So being in possession of something that was perfectly legal today, could send you to prison tomorrow, for no reason any rational person can decipher.

Honey Badger Pistol

 

 

The gun in question is their “Honey Badger” pistol. The pistol has a “pistol brace” in place of a stock. ATF has ruled that placing a “pistol brace” on a pistol does not, by itself, convert a pistol into a short barrel rifle.

They have issued confusing and contradictory rulings about whether it is legal to allow the brace to touch your shoulder, in one instance stating ludicrously that if you did allow that, you just “manufactured a short barrel rifle” but they have never stated that simply attaching one to a firearm was unlawful or required that the gun be considered a  regulated NFA item.

So what possible reason could they have to declare that this particular firearm is now an SBR, when countless other examples that are, for all intents and purposes, identical, are not?  The regulation of SBR’s itself makes no sense and is an institutional anachronism . 

People who have already purchased these pistols are now being advised by the manufacturer to either remove the barreled upper and place it on a different lower (apparently they could place it on another lower with the same pistol brace) or to remove it from their possession altogether .

Why it would be legal to simply use a virtually identical lower from another maker is anyone’s guess. What makes this all the more bizarre is that courts have ruled that AR lowers don’t even qualify as “receivers,” so why should they be regulated at all?

ATF has a long history of creating rules that make no sense. And that’s bad enough. But making rules and then changing them so that good people can be arrested is flat out evil. The National Shooting Sports Federation recently reported that the ATF was NOT going after pistol braces. We think they were overly optimistic.

The President has the power to put a stop to this nonsense. And he should. If Biden is elected these kinds of abuses will be just a downpayment on what is coming next, we certainly should not have to face this kind of attack (again) under President Trump.

We urge you to contact the President and express your concern about this rogue agency and its intentionally incomprehensible regulations.

You can email the White House directly here:

If you prefer, Gun Owners of America has a prewritten form you can use.

That is available here:

It makes no sense that gun owners should face another senseless attack from an out of control agency while a “pro-gun” President is still in office.

 

 

 

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2020 Elections Guide


We’re not going to sugar coat it. We need your help.

The 2020 elections will very soon be upon us. Under Oregon’s vote by mail system, ballots will arrive well before the Election Day deadline.

While we have all spent many years hearing how “this election will be the most important in our lifetimes” we can certainly say that this election will be the most disrupted, chaotic, and potentially dangerous election in our lifetimes.

Oregon, and the entire country, has seen division and conflict grow exponentially since the last presidential election and the violence has been increasing at a frightening pace in the last few months.

Firebombs and gun fire at “peaceful protests” are becoming regular occurrences.  In many places it has become literally life threatening to express an unpopular point of view.

We fully expect the outcome of the next election, no matter what it is, to be contested.

It is very likely that it will be contested violently.

It is also probable that the results of the election will not be determined for some time after Election Day.

The current vacancy on the Supreme Court is only adding to the tension and conflict gripping our country. Social media is controlled and manipulated by the anti-gun left. (OFF’s Twitter account has been blocked.)

Here in Oregon, riots have become a nightly occurrence and the people in power have made no secret of whose side they are on. And that is extremely dangerous.

As you know, the current super majority in Salem has made new and draconian gun restrictions a priority. It’s safe to say that the only reason you may still have a self-defense firearm accessible in your home is because the minority Republicans walked out last session.

Right now, persons attempting to purchase firearms are often placed “in the queue” with up to 5000 people ahead of them.

And while Oregon law requires that dealers get a response to a background check inquiry within 30 minutes, some customers are waiting days and weeks just for the process to begin. The Oregon State Police are also “cancelling” some sales with no determination, something that they have no legal authority to do.

Some sheriffs are delaying CHL applicants months before accepting an application, placing many people in danger through no fault of their own.

Oregon is becoming a very hostile place for gun owners. 

That’s why it is so critical that Oregon gun owners make their voices heard this election. If there is no significant change in the balance of power in Salem, the attacks on your rights, your property, and your freedom will be savage and endless.

The Oregon Democrats are still seething that their plans to render your firearms useless were thwarted in the last session. Their efforts to eliminate gun rights will be in high gear no matter who becomes the next President. Not a single gun owner, or person who thinks they may own a gun in the future, can sit this election out.

The wildfires that have devastated so much of the state have displaced vast numbers of voters, and while the Secretary of State has announced ways for them to vote, you can rest assured that many, many, votes of rural Oregonians will not be counted.

Oregon Firearms Federation supporters are used to facing challenges to their rights. In a state that has been controlled by militant anti-gunners for many years, you have managed to hold them at bay against all odds. It’s no secret that in the last few years these battles have become harder and riskier.  It’s only because of your endless activism that we have any rights left at all.

But the fights are getting more brutal and more expensive and frankly, we can’t do anything without your support. So in the midst of all this madness we have to reach out and ask for your help.

Your donations are the only thing that keeps OFF afloat. We do not have billionaires or corporations bankrolling our efforts. We get no funds from state agencies that have fleeced the taxpayers and funneled the money to their pet causes. Every dime comes from you.

We have posted our 2020 General Election Candidate Guide here. We hope it helps you make an informed decision on your ballot. But we simply must ask you to contribute whatever you can to make sure OFF is still there for you in what is clearly going to be a turbulent future. You are all we have.

You can support our battles for your rights by making a secure online donation here.

 

If you prefer to use PAYPAL you can do so using the yellow “Donate” button on this page.

 

For those who prefer to contribute through the mail, you can do so at this address:

Oregon Firearms Federation, PO Box 556, Canby OR 97013

A printable donation form is available (but not required ) here.

Thank you for being there for gun rights. The importance of everyone who shows up to defend our liberties cannot be overstated. And thank you for your support for OFF.