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Harney Trial Ends. House Republicans Have New Leader

09.27.2023

The state trial against Measure 114 has concluded.  One attorney defending gun rights faced off against an army of state hacks and did a damn good job.

Throughout the trial the judge had some hard questions for the state’s lawyers, whose job we did not envy.

Towards the end of the days of proceedings, the 9th Circuit decision came in striking down California’s magazine ban. The timing was another blow to the state’s failing efforts to reinvent the Second Amendment.

In the closing moments of the trial the judge complimented GOA’s lawyer, Tony Aiello, for the excellent  job he did.

The judge now has about 60 days to reach a decision. While it is always risky to predict how a judge will rule, we think the trial went as well as possible considering the state has endless resources and supporters of the Constitution have to pay for their lawyer and the state’s.

We are hopeful for a victory in the state trial but the state has already announced their intentions to appeal should they lose.  The leftists who control Oregon are determined to do everything in their power to eliminate as many rights as possible, so this battle will continue for some time.  We are grateful for our friends at Gun Owners of America for funding the state challenge.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Firearms Federation federal lawsuit moves forward in the 9th Circuit where we believe all these battles will end up eventually.  The defeat of the California ban is a very positive sign for that fight.

In other news, the disastrous reign of Vikki Breese Iverson in the House Republican Caucus has ended.  While she is still a House Rep she has stepped down as minority leader.

While that is good news, the bad news is there is a better than even chance that she will use the legal troubles facing Republican Senators to try to move to a Senate seat.

As you know, a number of Republican Senators are facing a legal challenge against their ability to run again as a result of their walkout and Ballot Measure 113.

It is unclear at this time if they will be able to run again, but if Senator Lynn Findley is excluded from running again, many are predicting that Iverson will try for his seat.

Remember, the House Republicans did not walk out even when they faced no liability for doing so.  As a result they allowed some terrible legislation to pass including HB 2005,the so called “ghost gun” bill.  They also protected their own political futures and in Iverson’s case the chance to move up to the Senate where she can continue to cave to the Democrat’s agenda in the upper house.

You will also recall that Iverson promised a lawsuit against HB 2005 (which they allowed to pass).  At this point there is no indication that that promise was anything except a mirage.

Iverson has been replaced by Jeff Helfrich.  We cannot predict what his leadership will bring, we can only hope that his experience will provide a willingness to fight which has been sadly missing in the Oregon House for years.

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HUGE VICTORY OVER MAGAZINE BANS

09.22.2023

In a massive setback for the hateful bigots at “Lift Every Voice Oregon,” a Federal judge in California has declared that that state’s ban on standard capacity magazines is unconstitutional …again.

In the decision Judge Roger Benitez noted:

One government solution to a few mad men with guns is a law that makes into criminals responsible, law-abiding people wanting larger magazines simply to protect themselves. The history and tradition of the Second Amendment clearly supports state laws against the use or misuse of firearms with unlawful intent, but not the disarmament of the law-abiding citizen. That kind of a solution is an infringement on the Constitutional right of citizens to keep and bear arms. The adoption of the Second Amendment was a freedom calculus decided long ago by our first citizens who cherished individual freedom with its risks more than the subservient security of a British ruler or the smothering safety of domestic lawmakers.

This is the exact opposite of the reasoning used by Federal Judge Karin Immergut when she found the magazine ban in Measure 114 to be constitutional.

Immergut ignored clear dictates from the US Supreme Court in the Bruen decision, and common sense, when she ruled in our lawsuit against the measure, that it was perfectly ok to ban Oregon gun owners from owning virtually any firearm magazine. She chose to ignore the painfully obvious reality that anyone intent on committing a crime would have ready access to magazines of any size and only the law abiding would be damaged by her clearly biased ruling.

This is very positive news for our ongoing efforts to reverse this dangerous and malicious law that barely passed with the help of out-of-state millionaires and the willing lapdogs in the cartel media.

While not directly affecting the state case currently in Harney County, it should had a positive impact there as well.

The ruling does stay the decision for ten days to give the far left state of California a chance to appeal, and there is a long way to go, but this is a very positive and long awaited development.

Thanks to all of you who have continued to support our efforts to defeat this intentionally evil attempt to destroy the civil rights of Oregonians.

You can read the decision here:

https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.casd.533515/gov.uscourts.casd.533515.149.0_1.pdf

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IVERSON STEPS DOWN

09.21.2023

As the Harney County trial on Measure 114 wrapped up its 4th day, the state’s case certainly seemed to be fading.

It’s impossible to say which way this will go. While the Judge has made numerous statements that indicate he has serious issues with 114, he did allow testimony from the state on subject matter he had previously stated was not to be considered.

Given that the state has an army of tax payer funded lawyers there and gun rights advocates had exactly one, this made that one lawyer’s job a lot harder.

Later however, the judge had some tough questions for the state’s witness who was providing the testimony that was not supposed to be allowed.

Only time will tell. While we think the trial is going as well as can be expected, there is no question that if the state loses, it will use your money to appeal.  So we are far from close to the end of this assault.  Our thanks to Gun Owners of America for funding the state case.

On another note, the House Republican Leader, Vikki Breese Iverson, has stepped down from that role.  It is hard to imagine better news, although we could use a lot.

Iverson snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the last legislative session and was responsible for one of the most embarrassing sessions since Christine Drazan engineered defeat after defeat for Republicans.

It was Iverson who promised to sue over HB 2005, the “ghost gun” bill she helped pass by providing quorum.  As you know, that promise, like most promises from politicians, appears dead.  So, once again someone else will be responsible for cleaning up the mess that Iverson made.

The Democrat House Speaker, Dan Rayfield, said “he enjoyed working with Breese-Iverson and looked forward to working with her more” and “She was wonderful to work with, and we found a lot of common alignment on things.”

Of course they did. Iverson rolled over for virtually everything the far left wanted.  Her “leadership” set back Oregon in ways that would be hard to calculate.

We can only hope that this move is not intended to clear the way for her to run for  the Senate seat that Lynn Findley may be prohibited from seeking reelection to. We will be watching.

At this time we only have rumors of who is slated to replace her. And the rumors are not anything to be optimistic about. But we will wait and see. For now we can only rejoice that Iverson is no longer running the Oregon House Republicans into the ground.

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It Can’t Happen Here

9.11.2023

By now most people have heard of the insane actions of the governor of New Mexico who single handedly canceled the constitution there.

Her actions were illegal, unconstitutional, and demented. None of that is debatable. It is simply fact.

But her actions were also perfectly in line with the goals of today’s Democrats. 

Encourage violent criminal acts and then do all you can to assure that good people will be victims with no way to fight back. 

Give all thugs a get-out-of-jail-free card and imprison anyone whose politics you disagree with.

This is not coming. It’s happening now.

We warned you when Biden took power to make preparations for the worst. The worst is here.

The New Mexico Governor knew there would be immediate legal action against her deranged mandate and made it clear she did not care.  It’s impossible to know if any of those legal actions can be resolved during the duration of her suspension of civil rights, but it does not matter.

The leftists in blue states saw how easy it was to eliminate liberty and control the masses during the covid lockdowns. 

You need to keep your business open to feed your family? Tough. You’re closed.

Your little children had panic attacks and trouble breathing because of forced masking? Shut up and do as you’re told. 

Don’t want to take an untested drug for a sickness you do not have? You’re fired.

The left has no fear of repercussions because they control most courts.  Many lower courts feel no need to obey the clear dictates of the Supreme Court. We are in a state of near judicial anarchy.

1984 arrived late but with a vengeance.

The election of Donald Trump changed the world forever.  The destructive polices of the left which had been grinding through every arena in our lives went into hyper drive.

Liberties evaporated, inflation throttled our economy, and prison with no trial became the reality in the brave new world.  The Biden regime’s war on gun owners is in high gear. It’s open season on FFL’s and anyone who questions a school board policy that endangers their children. Catholics are now the targets of the weaponized federal “law enforcement” agencies whose only job is to protect the Biden crime family and intimidate anyone with traditional values.

The speed at which this is happening is surreal and disorientating. But one only has to read Solzhenitsyn to be reminded of how quickly a society can be crushed while people convince themselves it will only happen to someone else.

And here in Oregon, the people we elected to stand up to this madness have caved. The best and most committed Republican Senators have been torpedoed by their own “leader” who declared a surrender when his team was in complete control.  The Republican House refused to stand up even when they risked nothing. But some of them continue to send out absurd fund raisers hawking garbage swag that “we can’t guarantee will be restocked.

Some of their members have repeatedly stated that if the Democrats just knew how nice they were, everything would be ok, and they would continue to work to prove they were not the “haters” the left has accused them of being. It’s complete insanity. The “lawsuit” they promised to battle HB 2005 has been relegated to the memory hole. And soon, the right’s destroying Measure 114 will face a trial in Harney County.

As you know, a Federal judge in Portland ignored the clear direction of the US Supreme Court and decided that Measure 114 was constitutional using reasoning she was forbidden to use.  And now, as we warned over and over, even the Oregon Sheriff’s Association has publicly stated that the measure forbids them from issuing the permits it requires. Permits that would be impossible to get anyway. The Sheriff’s Association also noted that almost all firearm magazines will become contraband under the measure. Not just those that hold more than 10 rounds and not just those you remove from your home.

Oddly, even though their own lawyers have stated plainly that sheriffs may not lawfully issue permits, the Sheriff’s Association, as of the time of this writing, is still selling a class online to get a “permit” they cannot issue.

While we believed we were likely to get a favorable outcome in the coming state trial, recent comments by the judge there have us less optimistic.

Recently the judge in that case said “he will consider only whether Oregon’s gun control Measure 114 is lawful as written under the state constitution and not how it might be put into practice in the future.”

While no one can predict what a court will rule, this is the very reasoning used by the Federal Judge to bypass the Constitution and declare 114 legal. Now it’s true that this report comes from Max Bernstein of the “Oregonian” who is a Xerox machine for leftist causes and rarely reports anything accurately.  But if this is true we have reason to be concerned.

It is the application of the law that is the problem, and by taking the position that they won’t consider how it will be applied, the courts are ignoring reality and setting us up for genuine chaos.

Even if the Harney County Judge agrees that 114 is blatantly unlawful, the Oregon Appeals Court is likely to reverse that decision.  While we cannot predict what would happen after that, we think it’s wise to consider the wave of lawlessness that is sweeping our country. Due process is now a giant gamble. The left has no fear and no interest in obeying the oaths they took. You may be lucky enough to live in a county with a Sheriff that will stand up for your rights, but the state is controlled by those determined to eliminate them.

However, a recent ruling by the 9th Circuit Appeals Court has given us reason to believe that we will ultimately prevail in our efforts against Mz 114. In that case the court stated “The panel held that the district court abused its discretion by applying an incorrect legal standard to deny Appellants’ motion for a preliminary injunction”

In fact, the Judge in our Federal case committed all the same abuses that the 9th reversed in this case.  That is a very good sign for us. But none of these cases are concluded quickly and this one has been working its way through the courts for years.

We will soon be in the middle of the next step in this battle. The state trial is due to begin September 18th.  While we will remain hopeful that the judge will do the right thing, it would be wise to be as prepared as possible if he does not.

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Oregon Sheriffs Will NOT Issue “Permits to Purchase”. All Magazines Banned.

8.30.2023

While the enforcement of Measure 114 has been held in check by a state court injunction, it is still technically law.

A Federal judge in Portland has declared that all of it is constitutional and may be enactedThe trial in the state case is just a few weeks away on September 18th.

Should sanity prevail and the measure is declared unconstitutional by the state court, the far left extremists who run the Oregon Department of “Justice” have vowed to appeal the decision. While it is always dangerous to predict what a court might do, we do not expect the Oregon Appeals Court to rule favorably.

If that happens, the new prohibitions could take effect, placing possibly millions of Oregonians in jeopardy of arrest and imprisonment.

As you know, the attorneys in our federal case have filed a notice of appeal in the Ninth Circuit. We believe that no matter what the outcome is in the state case, the matter will finally be decided there, in the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

If you wonder how high the stakes are, you can wonder no more.

We have obtained a letter from the legal counsel for the Oregon States Sheriff’s Association with guidance for Oregon sheriffs should Measure 114 take effect. The outlook is grim.

As we have repeatedly stated, and as was made clear by one of our plaintiffs in the Federal trial, Measure 114 will completely end the legal sale of firearms in Oregon.  We know it, the legislature knows it, and anyone who can read knows it.  The only people who cannot understand it wear black robes and sit on the bench in Federal Court.

It’s not complicated.  As the letter points out, Measure 114 requires a fingerprint background check by the FBI. The FBI refuses to do them. Period, full stop.

As the letter notes:

“Our guidance on this issue is clear, unambiguous and simple – no permit agent should issue a permit to purchase a firearm unless the Oregon State Police reports that the person is fully qualified to obtain a permit, including that they have successfully passed the required FBI background check.

Now, even in the absence of this requirement, getting a permit would be virtually impossible because of all the other absurd requirements.  But this one makes the issuance of “permit to purchase” illegal.

This is not our opinion and is not a scare tactic. It is the law. If you cannot get a “permission slip” from the sheriff you cannot buy a firearm. And, as you can see, you cannot get the permission slip. But that’s not all.

Under the measure virtually all firearm’s magazines will be outlawed. Not just the ones mislabeled “high capacity.”  The guidance to the sheriffs points out the following :

For all magazines that have a detachable base-plate, the reality is that the magazine appears to fit the definition of an LCM because they are readily capable of being adapted to hold more than 10 rounds. It would appear that even drilling and riveting a base-plate to the magazine in order to more permanently attach it would not take it out of the definition of LCM, since a rivet can easily be removed and thus the magazine could again be capable in the future of holding more than 10 rounds.”

Of course, most tubular fed shotguns will also be banned.

We have been making this point over and over and over since before the measure was even voted on. It would have been helpful if the Sheriff’s Association had made these issues public while we were still in the trial phase, but for better or worse, now it’s “official”.

And do NOT think the magazines you already own are protected. They are not. Do NOT think you are safe on your own property. You are not. And do NOT think you are protected if you are a cop off duty. You are not.

Possession of a magazine you bought ten years ago and keep on your own property can still land you in jail. Only after your arrest can you attempt to use the “affirmative defense” portion of the measure to try to prove your innocence. And that’s on you. You will be presumed guilty.  How do you prove when you acquired a magazine? You cannot. No matter what advice you get about “time dated photos” or “keeping receipts”, none of that will work. As we have shown in the past, time stamps on photos are easily altered and magazines have no serial numbers so receipts are meaningless.

There has never been a law like this enacted anywhere in the country. And, if it takes effect, the ramifications are unthinkable.

It must be defeated.  We are gearing up for the Federal Appeal where we believe the final outcome will be no matter what happens.  It is possible that the battle in state court could delay implementation for some time, but there is no guarantee of that.

We simply cannot give up now.  Not only are our Second Amendment rights at stake, hundreds of thousands of us are literally facing arrest and imprisonment. And while Oregon now has a policy of refusing to lock up criminals, you can rest assured they will find a place for you in their jails.

We know times are tough. In all the battles we have faced together, none have been this horrifying.  But we have to win.

Our enemies have unlimited funds and an army of lawyers.  We only have patriots like you.

Please consider any contribution you can afford to fund this historic and critical legal battle. There simply is no choice.

You can make a secure donation online here.

All donations to the Oregon Firearms Educational Foundation go directly to the legal fight.  Thank you for your commitment.

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The Rules Are For The Little People

Ballot Measure 113, passed by the people of Oregon, said a legislator with ten or more unexcused absences would not be eligible to serve in the future.

(It should be noted that while this measure was the product of a collection of far left organizations, the Republicans who would be affected by it did not bother to file a single argument against it. Not one.)

In 2023, 10 Senators (9 Republicans and one Independent, Brian Boquist) had more than 10 absences that Senate President Rob Wagner refused to excuse. (It was an email newsletter from Brian Boquist that prompted this post.)

There is some debate about exactly when that prohibition would take effect.

What the measure says exactly is:

“Failure to attend, without permission or excuse, ten or more legislative floor sessions called to transact business during a regular or special legislative session shall be deemed disorderly behavior and shall disqualify the member from holding office as a Senator or Representative for the term following the election after the member’s current term is completed.”

Emphasis added.

Because of the underlined language, Republicans who have been barred from future office for having refused to participate in the charade that was the last legislative session have argued that they may run and serve in the next election cycle but not the cycle after that.

“We believe the plain language of Measure 113 allows for members to run again in 2024 elections,” Senate Minority Leader Tim Knopp, one of the 10 senators who walked, said in a statement. “We disagree with the Secretary of State’s determination and will challenge it in court.”

The ballot measure summary echoes the language of the measure itself:

“Under measure, legislator who engages in ‘disorderly behavior’ through unexcused absences is disqualified from serving as a Senator or Representative for the term following the end of the legislator’s current term.

The Text of the measure can be seen on this page.  No direct link is available.

The “Explanatory Statement,” which is crafted by a committee determined by the Secretary of State, which in the case of Measure 113 was the disgraced Shemia Fagan, included the following:

 “A candidate may run for office in the next primary and general elections and win, but cannot hold office under this measure due to ten or more unexcused absences.”

While the debate about when prohibitions in the measure actually kick in will be resolved by the courts (no doubt in favor of the Democrats) what is more interesting is the decision by the new Secretary of State, LaVonne Griffin-Valade, a Democrat appointed by a Democrat governor. 

In a decision posted on the new Secretary of State’s website she says the following:

“The rule clarifies that Measure 113 disqualifies legislators with 10 or more unexcused absences during the 2023 legislative session from running for legislative seats in the 2024 election.

Emphasis added.

So while measure clearly states, and the explanatory statement (which is the partisan product of a partisan committee) clearly reiterates, that the measure does not prevent the affected senators from running for office, our new unelected SOS has decided unilaterally that it does.

To back up her position, the new Secretary of State quotes far left newspaper articles. We are not making this up.

For example, the Oregonian wrote on November 8, 2022 that legislators who run afoul of the measure “will be disallowed from serving in the Legislature during the subsequent term.” Similarly, the Lebanon Local News wrote in all caps that the measure would “BAN LEGISLATORS WITH 10 UNEXCUSED ABSENCES FROM SERVING NEXT TERM.” 

What the measure says does not matter. What the summary says does not matter. What the previous regime said does not matter.

The rules are for the little people.  Like you.

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NOTICE OF APPEAL FILED

08.11.2023

Today we filed a Notice of Appeal against Judge Immergut’s absurd ruling that virtually all firearm magazines can be banned and permit procedures that are impossible to comply with are constitutional,

Meanwhile other cases are working their way through the courts. 

Although Second Amendment advocates are winning many of the battles, it’s safe to say that the war will be a long one with plenty of setbacks.

One of the cases that most immediately impacts Oregonians is VanDerStok v Garland and deals with personally manufactured firearms.

As a result of HB 2005, Oregonians are in jeopardy of criminal prosecution for being in possession of a firearm that they made legally.

A lower court declared that ATF’s redefinition of what a “firearm” is (in an effort to ban the sale and transfer of unfinished receivers and frames) was beyond their authority. Because HB 2005 relied on the ATF’s definitions, it was unclear if and how it could be enforced.

Then the Feds appealed to the Supreme Court where the most liberal judges were joined by Amy Barrett and Chief Justice John Roberts in “staying” the lower court’s ruling and allowing the new rules created by ATF to remain in effect.

So now the battle returns to the lower courts to conduct a full trial on the issue.

This was a very troubling and dangerous move on the part of the liberal wing of the court. Common sense would seem to dictate that while the legality of the matter was being hashed out in court, the benefit of the doubt would go to the American people, the “status quo” should be maintained, and the ATF’s redefinitions, done with no congressional approval, should remain on hold.

For now, the Biden regime wins that round, the ATF is, once again, allowed to simply redefine things and Americans face arrest for doing something that was perfectly legal for hundreds of years.

The DOJ, under control of the Biden syndicate, claims that requiring serial numbers on personally made firearms is not an infringement since it does not BAN making them, it only requires what is already required of manufacturers.  But this ignores that other courts have already found that requirement to be unconstitutional.

While this case makes its way slowly through a system that favors the deep state over the people, it appears that HB 2005 still has the potential to entrap and punish Oregonians who possess personally manufactured firearms.

As you know, the House Republicans, who allowed this bill to pass by providing the Democrats a quorum, promised to initiate a lawsuit to stop it.  But so far there is no indication that they intend to keep their word. 

We have reached out to several “pro-gun” House members asking if and when they plan on following through and we have received no response. There is no reason at this point to believe that the House Republicans under the control of Vikki Iverson will step up now when they have caved time and time again.

Meanwhile, numerous cases  (at least until the feds appeal them) have bolstered the Second Amendment.  For example, a Colorado law restricting 18-20 year old’s Second Amendment rights was enjoined and in Hawaii there were two victories. One case involved Hawaii’s “sensitive places” rules and a second struck down Hawaii’s blanket ban on butterfly knives.

Biden’s ban on pistol braces is still being challenged and, at least for now, cannot be enforced against members of organizations that were a party to lawsuits against those bans, most notably Second Amendment Foundation and Firearms Policy Coalition. (Other gun owners are NOT protected at this point.)

In another case in the Fifth Circuit, the District Court of Appeals found that persons who use marijuana cannot be prohibited from owning firearms.

In Oregon, courts have found that persons who use marijuana cannot be denied concealed handgun licenses, however, Federal law still prohibited them from owing firearms.

But while these cases give us reason to be optimistic, the anti-gun, Fed behemoth is doing all it can to silence those exposing their treachery.

There is no question the courts (along with federal law enforcement) have been weaponized to crush gun owners and conservatives, and the chilling case of John Crump is no exception.

Crump is a gun writer and You Tube reporter who has extensively covered the Stalinesque abuses by the Feds in the “AutoKeyCard Case.”

The facts of this case would make any right thinking person wonder if America has turned into North Korea where anyone can be prosecuted for anything the rulers don’t like. But now, not only are the Feds acting like thugs from the Kremlin towards the parties in the criminal case, they are threatening a real journalist who is reporting on these abuses.

While the evidence of unprecedented corruption in the current regime is no longer debatable, it’s also clear that this cabal will stop at nothing to destroy its opponents. The bizarre charges against Donald Trump, who is basically accused of “lying,” by a guy whose history of pathological lying is unmatched in American history, is the most blatant example.  But the system is weaponized locally as well.

We believe there is very little reason to assume that the Oregon courts will treat gun owners fairly as the cases against Mz 114 continue. While we strongly support the efforts by Gun Owners of America in the Harney County Case, we also know if gun owners prevail there the state will appeal it to Oregon Appeals Court which leans heavily against gun rights. So while miracles do happen, we are still assuming the only favorable outcome will be in our Ninth Circuit appeal.

If we lose there we will be charged for all the costs the state has racked up. We will be charged for all their “expert” witnesses, all their expenses, and everything they can throw at us in a trial they dragged out as long as possible. And of course, Oregonians will essentially lose virtually all of their gun rights.

We are lucky to be partnered with other committed plaintiffs and a collection of excellent attorneys. But at best we are looking at many months of continued legal fees. We are deeply grateful for all the support we have received from gun owners across the state and country and we are determined to do all we can to defeat this clearly outrageous and unconstitutional attack on our rights.  Please consider whatever donation you can to keep us in this essential fight. You are our only financial resource and as you know we are all paying the state’s bills too.

You can make a tax deductible donation to Oregon Firearms Educational Foundation here.

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

Thank you for standing up.

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We’re Waiting….

07.26.2023

With Oregon’s Legislature out of session and the first step in our Federal lawsuit to stop Ballot Measure 114 behind us, things may seem a bit “quiet” on the gun rights front.

But like so much in life, things are boiling beneath the surface.

As has been heavily, if badly, reported, Judge Karin Immergut ruled that Measure 114 is, in fact, constitutional and the state of Oregon can ban virtually all firearms magazines and prosecute anyone who bought or sold one since December of last year.

During the trial, Immergut seemed both surprised and confused to learn that the ban was not limited to standard capacity magazines, but in fact any magazine with a removable floor plate.

She nonetheless concluded that the act of removing a floor plate and replacing it with an extension was sufficiently complicated that it did not meet the definition of “readily convertible.”

Given the Biden and ATF’s contention that a block of metal or polymer was so easily convertible into a working firearm that it was in fact a working firearm,  Immergut’s conclusion borders on the delusional.

But Immergut did not stop there.  She also concluded that Measure 114’s “permit to purchase” scheme was constitutional.  In her decision she compared it to laws about permits to carry firearms concealed and concluded that the requirements under 114 were similar and therefor constitutional.

What made this conclusion almost surreal was the fact that Immergut was informed by witnesses at the trial that the permit scheme was impossible to comply with.  This was not in dispute.

Sheriffs testified that they had neither the manpower nor the facilities to provide the required “live fire” training. No one from any police agency testified that they could. In fact, many police agencies, especially in rural areas, have no facilities for their own personnel to train. Some sheriffs have so little manpower that they are months behind in issuing concealed handgun licenses that require nothing more than a certificate from an approved class to issue. Those classes do not require live fire.

The measure’s requirements that students be taught about state and federal law and suicide prevention also dramatically limit who is qualified to teach the classes, which can only be taught by police.

But beyond all those obstacles, Immergut was reminded that the measure requires FBI fingerprint checks. It’s not an option. It’s the law. Period, full stop.  However, as you know, the FBI has flat out said they will not do it.

Sheriff Brad Lohrey made this point in the trial. It was not confusing, it was not ambiguous. It was something even a far left Judge from Brooklyn could understand.

As attorney Matt Rowen pointed out, the government cannot require you to jump through hoops and then refuse to provide any hoops.

But in spite of this, Immergut decided that, in fact, the Founders of our country, who created the most well crafted constitution in the history of the world, would have approved of a restriction on a basic human right that was impossible to comply with. 

To make matters even more obviously partisan, Immergut declared that the whole permit issue was not really one she needed to deal with in any depth because no one had been denied a permit and therefore it was not “ripe” for her court.

The absurdity of this “reasoning” is obvious.  Should Measure 114 go into effect, it will become impossible to lawfully purchase a firearm in this state. Countless businesses will be forced to close down and no one will have the means to acquire the very tools that are undeniably protected by the Second Amendment.

The right to “keep and bear” something by its very nature requires the ability to acquire that thing. Once that ability is outlawed, the right no longer exists.  The only people who refuse to understand this are state lawyers and Federal Judges.

For an excellent and in-depth dissection of what was so obviously wrong with Immergut’s decision, see this article by Stephen Halbrook.

While Oregonians have been given some breathing room as a result of the injunction from a state court in Harney County, that battle is confined to Measure 114’s conflicts with the Oregon Constitution. If, as we expect, the judge rules in favor of gun rights after that trial in September, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum will use your tax dollars to appeal it immediately to the Oregon Appeals Court.

A review of the bio’s of the Oregon Appeals Court will not give you much reason to expect a favorable outcome there. As you know, one of the Judges, Jim Egan, has declared gun owners to be racist, white supremacist, anti-semites.

Of course, the show trial in Immergut’s court was only the first stop in this fight. The next step will be the coming appeals.

It is both immoral and offensive that the people of this state (and country) are forced to pay enormous legal fees to protect rights that the US Supreme Court has already declared to be unconditionally protected under our Constitution. It is even more offensive when we are also forced to pay for the endless supply of state lawyers who are working overtime to eradicate those rights at the whim of a far left, partisan, Attorney General.  But those are the cards we have been dealt.  The outcome of these appeals will impact the entire country as other courts will, no doubt, use Immergut’s clearly wrong decision as they too, attempt to eliminate the Second Amendment.

We are grateful for the generous support we have received by patriots across the state and country but the fight is far from over.

The other looming battle will be the fight over the indisputably unconstitutional HB 2005.

2005 bans privately made firearms in Oregon. It also bans things that might one day become parts of firearms.  While heavily modified from its original version, 2005 still contains a confusing collection of definitions and terms that will no doubt be used to entrap as many Oregon gun owners as possible, and that was always the point. 

But what is really important are the recent decisions by courts that will profoundly affect this law’s implementation.

The bill uses a recent Federal definition to determine what a “frame or receiver” is:

“Frame” has the meaning given that term in 27 C.F.R. 478.12.

“Receiver” has the meaning given that term in 27 C.F.R. 478.12.

But a Federal Court just threw out those definitions ruling that the ATF exceeded its authority to just invent new meanings for things without congressional input.  We have seen the ATF do this before, most recently with Trump’s ban on “bump stocks” and Biden’s ban on pistol braces.

A politician wants to score points and the ATF lapdogs redefine words so they can arrest people for doing things ATF specifically said were legal.

But not this time.  Not only did the court in Texas tell the ATF they went too far, they also denied the ATF’s attempt to stay the court’s ruling.

This makes 2005’s future murky at best.  After using the federal definition for “firearm,” 2005 goes on to create its own definition for “unfinished frame or receiver.” 

(18)(a) “Unfinished frame or receiver” means a forging, casting, printing, extrusion, machined body or similar item that: (A) Is designed to or may readily be completed, assembled or otherwise converted to function as a frame or receiver; or (B) Is marketed or sold to the public to be completed, assembled or otherwise converted to function as a frame or receiver

But given that the definition for “frame” or “receiver” has to be considered when deciding what an “unfinished” frame or receiver is,  and given that the state did not define what they mean by “ may readily be completed, assembled or otherwise converted to function as a frame or receiver;” the actual meaning of 2005 becomes anyone’s guess. Which means if you get prosecuted under the law, the courts are going to decide. And the courts in Oregon are no place for gun owners.

Courts have already ruled that it is unconstitutional to require serial numbers on firearms. The legislature knew this when they passed HB 2005.

As noted, the courts have also thrown out the ATF’s new definitions of firearms and frames and receivers. So HB 2005 has got to go.

We want to remind you that the only reason 2005 is law is because the Oregon Republicans allowed it become law.  Enough Republicans in the Senate showed up to allow it to pass and then the House Republicans, who risked NOTHING by walking out, showed up in sufficient numbers to allow this atrocious bill to pass. It was, in the end, the House Republicans who are responsible for this bill.

So let us not forget that the House Republicans, under the “leadership” of Vikki Iverson promised to sue to block HB 2005 in court.

With all we have asked from you to support the very expensive battle against Measure 114, and all it will cost going forward, we cannot expect you to shoulder the burden of paying to challenge HB 2005. The House Republicans are the reason the bill passed. The House Republicans promised to challenge it in court.  The recent judicial decisions have given Iverson and the House Republicans a clear path forward.

Don’t let them dump this one on you.

 

Contact Iverson and tell her you expect her to keep her promise.

 

Representative Vikki Breese Iverson

Republican – District 59 – Prineville

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1459
Email: Rep.vikkibreeseiverson@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/breese-iverson

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Federal Court Upholds Ballot Measure 114

07.14.2023

Today, Judge Karin Immergut ruled against gun owners, the Second Amendment and a basic understanding of the English language and ruled that Ballot Measure 114  is just fine.

The decision is 122 pages and we just received it so we have not had time to analyze it in depth. What we have read defies belief.  While not entirely unexpected, Immergut’s ruling is simple nonsense and sure to be overturned at the 9th circuit.

When faced with the clear and undeniable issues about all magazines being banned and the permit system being completely unworkable, she essentially said “not my  problem.”

We are sure there will be plenty of parsing of this absurd decision in the coming days, but it was clear from the very first day that Immergut was both painfully ignorant and in the pocket of Oregon’s far left “Department of Justice.”

No doubt it took this long for her to come up with a reason to reach this conclusion when none of the facts were on her side.

You can read her decision here.

Please keep in mind Ballot Measure 114 is still prevented from going into effect because of the State Court decision in Harney County.  A full trial on the merits there will be held in September.

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“Ghost Gun” Bill Signed By Kotek

07.13.2023

Today, Tina Kotek signed into law HB 2005, the Democrat’s clownish “ghost gun” bill.

Senator James Manning, who has for years been trying to pass this absurd nonsense, noted in an email newsletter : After years of work, my colleagues and I also took action on ghost guns with House Bill 2005. Ghost guns are unserialized and undetectable, making them the gun of choice for gun traffickers, violent criminals, and people legally prohibited from buying firearms.”

The only thing undetectable appears to be Mannings’s IQ. The bill is as inane as Manning’s rambling commentary, but it is now law.

We have received a number of inquires about what this bill actually does.  But the bill is so poorly drafted that we can’t really answer that question with any certainty.

It uses multiple definitions, including the Federal definition for “frame and receiver” in an effort to ban personally made firearms.

Of course, that definition was recently thrown out. And just as the legislature was happy to pass a bill they KNEW going in was unconstitutional, Kotek just signed a bill that contains language that has already been thrown out by a Federal Court.

(Keep in mind, there is NO cost and NO liability for any government official when they sign into law bills they know are unconstitutional. Any potential repercussions from violating their oaths of office will quickly be squashed by courts populated with their hand picked cronies.)

So it’s unclear exactly what parts of this bill could ever be lawfully enforced. But that does not mean you are safe from prosecution under it.

The good news is the provisions of the bill don’t kick in until Sept. 2024 and the House Republicans have promised to file a lawsuit against the bill. Which should be a load off your mind knowing that you will not have to fund yet another lawsuit to protect your rights from the attacks of the far left.

So many of you have been very generous in supporting our Federal lawsuit to stop Ballot Measure 114. (And no, as of today we still do not have a decision.) You should NOT be forced to fund yet another lawsuit to stop an outrageous bill that the House Republicans could have easily killed at NO RISK to themselves or their political futures.

Now is the time for the House Republicans to put their money where their mouths were. This is totally on them and we fully expect them to keep their word.

Please contact Vikki Breese Iverson, the House Republican leader, (she’s the one holding the check in the photo) and tell her you will be holding the House Republicans to their promise.

They have made a pledge, they helped the bill pass by showing up when they could have walked out. The ball is in their court.

Representative Vikki Breese Iverson

Republican – District 59 – Prineville

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1459
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-395, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: Rep.vikkibreeseiverson@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/breese-iverson

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our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor

 

Photo By Trent Yarnell

…our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor

 

Independence Day 2023

On this distinctly American holiday, Oregon Firearms wishes you and yours a safe and blessed day of celebration.

America’s history is littered with malevolent acts by evil doers, but no other country has ever come close to the unimaginable accomplishments that freedom allows.

We have no illusions that our freedoms are safe. In fact, many are already gone, but for some the spirit that filled our founders and guided them to rebel against tyranny is still strong.

It has been said there are no lost causes because there are no “won” causes.  And the battle for our liberty is not a race with a finish line. Long after we are gone our children’s children will be facing the same threats. It’s true what we were told about eternal vigilance.

So, on this greatest holiday of patriots and rebels, an update is in order.

Many have been asking about the outcome of our Federal trial to stop the clearly unconstitutional and patently evil Measure 114.  As of right now, we still have no decision from the Judge and no word on when there might be one.

For us, of course, a decision should be easy.  There is no historical  precedent for limiting the number of bullets a person may carry with them for self defense.  The very notion is absurd. Equally absurd is a law requiring that you ask for permission to exercise a fundamental, individual, right especially when, as we have proven, that law is impossible to comply with.

So this case should be a slam dunk.  But that’s not how things work in modern America.  A simple reading of the Constitution should settle the matter, but the “justice” system is political first and foremost and everybody has an agenda.

For now Mz 114 is still enjoined by the State Court decision in Harney County and will remain that way until the trial in September. No matter how either of these trials ends, you can rest assured there will be appeals. Expect this insanity to drag on.

The founders would be horrified.

The most embarrassing legislative session in Oregon history wound up with the Republicans, who had complete control over the agenda, folding up and giving the Democrats free rein to pass everything they wanted. And they did.

The mudslide of far left fantasy bills that the Republicans allowed to become law will create endless damage and chaos for generations to come.  It sometimes seems that the Republicans cannot wait to commit political suicide and are determined to take you along for the ride to hell.  They caved after  assuring that their best people will be prevented from serving in office in the future.  What they got in return was a laughable and transparent rewording of bills where the Democrats got almost everything they wanted.

One Republican House Rep responded to a question about whether she would walk out with this:

…what do you have to lose? My answer? Relationships. I have spent every day in this building trying to build relationships with those across the aisle. For them to know that we love people too, that we care, that we are not the horrible haters they make us out to be- and by walking- I would absolutely compromise those relationships by walking out.”

It is this kind of preemptive capitulation that is causing our rights to evaporate.

There are however, a few bright spots. House Bill 2005 started life as an omnibus anti-gun bill. It was a Demanding Mom’s wish list come true.

One of the elements of the original bill was a ban on personally made firearms.  The original language was crafted so incompetently that it actually wound up banning parts that have never been regulated and ignored the parts the anti-rights crowd thought they were banning.

Because people like you relentlessly reminded the know-nothings in the legislature that this would actually outlaw countless thousands of legally owned firearms they changed the definition of the banned parts to the meaning given that term in 27 C.F.R. 478.12.

So they changed Oregon’s definitions to align with the Federal definition. But as you know, just a few days ago a Federal Court tossed out the ATF’s rules on what frames and receivers are, ruling that the ATF overstepped its authority and has no legal right to regulate things Congress never said they could.

The Court said that while Congress gave ATF the power to regulate “frames and receivers” it did not give them the power to constantly redefine what those terms mean simply to please Joe Biden and entrap gun owners.

Other Courts have already found that requiring serial numbers on firearms is unconstitutional.

In its final form, HB 2005 only banned privately made firearms. The rest of the offending language was removed. So it would certainly appear that 2005 will be rendered meaningless.  Should the Governor sign it (she has not as of this posting), there may still be some attempts to prosecute gun owners for possession of personally made firearms, but the state is going to have a hell of a mess on their hands trying to make a case. All other anti-gun bills died. *UPDATE FROM EMAIL ALERT. This was inaccurate. HB 2572, the awful “paramilitary” bill did pass. We regret the omission.

On another note, if you were not already aware, there are several injunctions against the enforcement of the Federal pistol brace ban. However, those injunctions are not universal.  But members of the Second Amendment Foundation and Firearms Policy Coalition are included in the protected classes. For a very small donation you can become members of both and be protected from prosecution for pistol brace possession.

It’s cheap insurance and you would be joining two organizations that are fighting for your rights.  Gun Owners of America members appear to also be included but there is some uncertainty if new members would be protected or only those who were already members when their injunction was granted.  But GOA is a great no compromise organization so you would do well to join them too if you are not already a member.

While we await the outcome of the Federal trial we want to thank you again for your support and activism and wish you a proud Independence Day.

You can help us in these battles here:

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One Last Humiliation

It’s Over.


06.25.2023

Today is constitutional “sine die”. The official end of the legislative session.

Yesterday, thanks to the Senate Republicans who returned to the floor to grease the skids for the Democrats, the anti-gun “paramilitary” bill HB 2572 was passed and now heads off to Governor Tina for her signature.

On the floor for this one last humiliation were Senators Anderson, Bonham, Findley, Girod, Knopp, Robinson, DB Smith and Weber.

We have no idea why Robinson and Bonham came back for this as they were part of the walkout and are now victims of Ballot Measure 113.

As you know, Brock-Smith and Anderson have been there virtually every day to assure themselves the opportunity to run again, something that, barring a successful lawsuit, most  Republican Senators won’t be able to do.

HB 2572 is an outrageous attack on gun rights and a gift to violent left wing extremists. That was never hidden as the bill moved through the legislature.  The promoters of the bill noted in their comments that it was aimed at “III%ers” and “Proud Boys” while pointing out (to appease the ACLU) that it will not affect the favored tactics of Marxist rioters. The way the bill was crafted it was clear that antifa would not be targeted by this transparently ugly legislation.

Joining the far left to pass this bill were Republican House Reps Kevin Mannix and Charlie Conrad.

Republican Kim Wallan voted against it, but only because she did not think its penalties were harsh enough.

Mannix’s anti-gun record goes back decades. Conrad is new at this game.

It should be noted that when Conrad ran for office he defeated a rock solid conservative, Nicole DeGraff ,by less than 100 votes. It should also be noted that DeGraff was torpedoed by the House Republican “leader” (Vikki Iverson) and Iverson’s husband, who told DeGraff that she would never be supported because she accepted a donation from OFF’s Political Action Committee. Iverson’s PAC gave Conrad $10,000.00 to help defeat DeGraff. 

(Conrad refused to respond to OFF’s candidate survey.)

So the House Republican “leader” help finance a candidate who not only supports more gun control but was the only Republican to vote for HB 2002, which the Republican Senators claimed was their main reason for their failed walkout.

There is no way the Democrats could have forged a better deal for themselves than Republican Senate Leader Tim Knopp forged for them.   First, get the most conservative Senators to stay out long enough to become subject to the Measure 113 rules denying them a political future and then give away the store. It was brilliant. We hope the Democrats have prepared a proper reward for Knopp.

We have to admit, Tim had us going there for a while.  After having proven himself to be a complete sell out in previous sessions, he appeared to have received a spine transplant and led what could have been an amazingly successful strategy to stop the Democrats demented agenda.  And we encouraged people to thank him and the Senators who walked away from this sideshow. 

Well, as George Bush once said “There’s an old saying in Tennessee—I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me—you can’t get fooled again.”

But it won’t matter. Wherever Tim winds up (and he will wind up somewhere) his chances of winning his own district again are pretty slim even in the event he’s allowed to run again. So really, why should he care if he shot down so many of his colleagues?

Have no fear however, two of the worst Republican Senators, Anderson and Brock Smith are safe. They dutifully showed up day after day.  No doubt they are praying for short memory voters.

Meanwhile over at the House, while some House members stayed off the floor for the final concurrence vote on HB 2005, the criminalization of personally manufactured firearms, enough of them came to provide quorum and guarantee it would pass.  And because of some confusion caused by a massive, hours long website crash, even the ones who didn’t come to the floor were given excused absences meaning that once again, they risked NOTHING.  And of course, we…got nothing.

Now thanks to the almost incomprehensible cowardice of Republican House Members, Oregonians face 5 years in prison for each personally manufactured firearm in their possession. Never mind that courts have already found this kind of law to be unconstitutional, this is Oregon and we will find a way to prosecute you.

Apparently the official position of the Republican House Reps is that this is all no big deal.  In fact, not only are they proud of the deal they cut, they want you to be proud of it too. You can hear a half hour of nausea inducing self congratulation in this meeting that the “leadership,” and Vikki Iverson’s husband, had with Republican precinct committee people. Why was Iverson’s husband on the call?  Well he’s the guy who threatens candidates who accept our support. He’s also one of the geniuses  behind the “Oregon 13” website where you could  buy a tee shirt or coffee mug to celebrate the staggering failure of the Senate walkout. That site was not responding last time we checked it. But some folks did get tee shirts, and a least one of them registered their discontent thusly.

 

On at least one amusing note, the legislature also passed HB 3443. And this one did make us smile.

The summary of the bill says : Prohibits landlords from terminating lease or taking other specified actions due to status of tenant as victim of bias crime.”

The oh-so-compassionate left demanded this bill to protect people who were victims of “bias crimes.”

But our favorite parts are Sections 8 and 16, which allow victims of bias crimes, and oddly, people who man bias crime “hotlines” to become part of Oregon’s “Address Confidentiality Program”. This program has historically protected people whose lives were in danger due to threats of domestic violence.

Well try as we may, the compassion Nazis just were not interested when we repeatedly pointed out to them that persons in this program are prohibited from purchasing firearms because they have no ID with their actual address on it.

So, yessireee, they can now break a lease but they can’t protect themselves. Another deal so brilliant you would think it was dreamed up by Republican leadership. It was no surprise that Senators Anderson, Knopp, and Findley and Weber voted for it.

On the House side it got the nod from (of course) Charlie Conrad, Helfrich, Owens and Greg Smith. James Heib voted yes but attempted to change his vote to “no.”  The Democrats refused to allow him to change his vote. It would not have changed the outcome. It was just Democrats being the vindictive, petty, jerks they are. (Aided daily by Republican cowards.)

All in all, a long disgraceful display. But if if makes you feel better the budgets now include items to promote legalized sex trafficking and a “state run” bank.  The committee studying a “state bank” must include someone experienced in the marijuana business.  No, we are not making this up. May it only be as successful as the state’s efforts to mail unemployment checks during covid.

We will have more in the coming days, but we want to remind you that the very same Republicans House Reps who allowed HB 2005 to pass have promised to sue to stop it. Let us not let them forget that. Ever. This one is on them, period.

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THE HOUSE FOLDS

06.21.2023

HOUSE REPUBLICANS FOLD

Today, after lengthy delays due to technical issues that shut down state websites, the House Republicans folded up and provided the quorum the Democrats needed to pass House Bills 2002 and 2005.

These were the two bills that were reported to be the reason the Senate Republicans staged their walkout.

When several Republican Senators cut a deal and came back, these bills easily passed on the Senate floor. By then, of course, the most conservative Senators had enough “unexcused absences” to be victims of Measure 113 and they will not be allowed to serve as legislators again.

It was a deal only Hunter Biden could love.  The Democrats got everything they wanted, the conservative Republicans and Oregonians, got screwed.  So the same warped hypocrites who keep demanding that we “elect more Republicans” made sure that the most principled Republicans would get the boot.

They agreed to come back and hand over everything to the Democrats AFTER the best Republicans gave up their political futures. Mind boggling.

And now the House has followed suit and completed the devil’s bargain. And they never even faced losing their seats.  This level of cowardice is not even describable.

While some House Republicans did boycott the floor session, in the end it made no difference.  The curse was cast. Now Oregon gun owners face years and years in prison for making their own firearms. This is simply a disgrace.

Any Republican who tells you they voted “no” is blowing smoke.  As long as they were on the floor they may as well have voted “yes”.

To top it all off, last night Republican “leaders” held a ZOOM call with Republican precinct committee persons. In that call, in addition to lauding themselves for the great deal they made, Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp claimed there were 6 anti-gun bills and the Republicans outright killed 5 of them.  Tim must not have been looking at the schedule because shortly before the ZOOM call started the Senate Rules Committee posted notice of a public hearing and work session on HB 2572, the anti-gun “paramilitary bill.” That was held at 8am and the bill was passed to the floor where it will undoubtedly pass.(Virtually all of this hearing was not available to the public due to technical issues.)

Republican Leaders.

We thank each of you who never gave up and worked so damn hard to fight for liberty. It’s an embarrassment that most of the people who we elected have no such commitment.

The House Reps who showed up to provide quorum were:
Breese-Iverson, Cate, Conrad, Elmer, Goodwin, Helfrich, Javadi, Lewis, Mannix, McIntire, Owens, Smith G, Stout, Wallan.

The people who brought you this garbage KNEW it was unconstitutional.

We’ll have more for you in the days ahead. 

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THERE’S STILL TIME

06.20.2023

THERE’S STILL TIME

In 1999, Oregon Firearms was a brand new, tiny, gun rights organization.

Our no compromise stand was derided by the media, the legislators, and the institutional gun lobby.

Kevin Mannix, (who is unfortunately back in the legislature) was pushing the worst anti-gun bill Oregon had seen until then. (Some things never change, this session Mannix again joined the Democrats to vote for more gun control.)

Mannix’s bill, HB2535, outlawed most private gun sales. And Mannix had pulled out all the stops to pass it.

A previous version had already passed in the Senate.  Mannix made it worse and carried it on the House floor. But then it had to go back to the Senate for concurrence.

Everyone agreed its passage was a sure thing. “Oregon Gun Owners” helped write and was pushing it. The NRA went into hiding and refused to acknowledge that it even existed. The media, the lobby, and many legislators told us we were wasting our time fighting it.

But we ignored them.  Day after day the bill was postponed on the Senate Floor, as OFF members continued to flood the Senate with phone calls and emails. (And many people didn’t even have emails then.)

Finally the vote could be delayed no longer.  Senator Ginny Burdick rose on the Senate floor to declare that “we rolled the gun lobby.”  Then, after hours of debate, the bill failed by one vote.

The Senate chambers erupted. Kate Brown, then a Senator, immediately tried to have the vote reconsidered. The media and the “lobby” were stunned.

HB2535 was dead.

Tomorrow, the Oregon House will be be voting on HB 2005, Oregon’s latest gun grab. Given how the Oregon Senate leader folded up and allowed the bill to pass on the Senate floor, and given the House Republican leader’s praise for that sell out, most consider it a sure thing that the House will agree to the final bill and repass it.

But it’s not over till it’s over. We know some House Republicans are not happy with the Senate sell out. And tomorrow is also the vote on HB 2002, an extreme and very contentious bill.

The House Republicans, unlike their colleagues in the Senate, have shown up day after day to help the Democrats ram through their agenda.  Many Senators have paid a high price for their courage and refusal to join their “leader” in selling out.

But because we are in the closing days of the session, House Republicans risk NOTHING by denying quorum and killing this dangerous and clearly unconstitutional bill.

Let’s give it one more shot.  Please contact House Leader Vikki Iverson and Deputy House Leader Shelly Boshart Davis and tell them to walk away tomorrow and stop the madness. Quite simply, that is their job.

Vikki Breese Iverson

https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/breese-iverson

Shelly Boshart Davis

https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/boshartdavis

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NOT QUITE YET

NOT QUITE YET

The unimaginable debacle that this legislative session has been is not quite over.

After a 6 week protest that brought the left’s extremist agenda to a halt and gave hope to thousands of Oregonians, the Senate Republican Leader and a few of his more despicable cronies, declared unconditional surrender and helped pass HB 2005.

Under the current version of this bill, gun owners in Oregon could face 5 years in prison and $125,000.00 fines for the crime of having built their own firearms.

For centuries Americans have been responsible for some of the greatest innovations in firearm’s technology while building and modifying firearms at home.

Personally manufactured firearms have always been legal and never required bowing to the state and applying government regulated serial numbers for personal firearms that were not being sold. This kind of legislation has already been declared unconstitutional in other states.

The Senate Republican leader, Tim Knopp, has now crushed that personal liberty, placed gun owners in the cross hairs, and claimed it’s a massive “victory.”

Senator Lynn Findley said “These are major victories for accountability, accessibility, and civil rights.” He then went on to attack the very bill he helped pass by showing up on the floor.  You can view his comments here.

Only in the Alice in Wonderland fantasy world of politicians do people who rolled over and sold out the folks who hired them claim success when they gave up someone else’s rights.

(If you don’t feel abused enough, you can still throw away money on Oregon’s 13″ tee shirts and other crap.  Though they should change the name to  “Sell Out Swag”.)

But what makes the entire display all the more absurd and inexcusable is the fact that Knopp, and whoever else voted to go along with this deal, did so after the damage had been done to most Republican Senators and Independent Brian Boquist. (Senators Boquist, Robinson, Bonham, Hayden, Linthicum and Thatcher refused to go along with this sell out. Senator Girod as been excused for months for medical reasons.)

Now the best Republican Senators are no longer eligible to hold office in the future and the Democrats got virtually everything they wanted. For most people, the deal simply made no sense.  After Republicans reached 10 unexcused absences, the Democrats had zero leverage. Nothing.  There was not a single rational reason for Republican leadership to fold.

(Well there was not a single reason that benefited voters.  How the “players” benefitted may not be known for a while.)

This strategy seemed to be designed to guarantee the worst possible outcome for Oregon gun owners. It is impossible to imagine how this could have been a miscalculation.

But, it’s not over yet.  Since the language of HB 2005 was changed, it now has to go back to the House to be voted on again. The House has now scheduled the vote for June 21st. 

Keep in mind, none of the House members boycotted the floor sessions. They showed up every day and help the Democrats rush through bill after bill after bill.  They never put themselves or their political futures at risk for you.

The session must end on June 25th.  There is no way the members of the House could accumulate 10 unexcused absences between the 21st and the 25th.

The Republican House members now have the power to stop this atrocity at NO RISK to themselves at all. All they have to do is refuse to participate.

Given that House Republican Leader Vikki Iverson has been as rudderless and ineffectual as her predecessor Christine Drazan, and given, by her approving comments, she was clearly part of the “deal” that was cut to screw gun owners, it’s highly unlikely that she would take a courageous stand.

But it was not that long ago that the Republican members of the House promised to contribute $25,000.00 to mount a legal challenge to HB 2005.  And while that would barely be a downpayment on a real lawsuit, the House Republicans could save a few bucks by simply not showing up for the vote on this terrible attack on gun rights.

Since it is very likely that most Republican Senators will not be able to serve in the future (only Anderson and Brock Smith stayed on the floor to protect their jobs) there are going to be a bunch of Senate seats opening up. And you can bet that the House reps (who say they supported the walk out) are eyeing those seats and making plans to move up.

The Republican House Reps have a unique and cost free way to save gun rights and demonstrate that they actually stand for something. We think the chances of that happening are damn slim. One “Republican,” Kevin Mannix, (who we warned about from the beginning) is already on record opposing the walkout. But it is possible.

And for once, the Republicans who regularly complain that nothing is their fault because the voters don’t elect enough of them, might actually give voters a reason to elect more.

Is it a long shot?  Yes. The longest.  But it ain’t over till the last Republican caves. 

Call or email Iverson.  Remind her that Republicans inspired a lot of admiration while they were standing up. Remind her that you matter and you are furious that she would allow you to become a felon for exercising your rights. Remind her that walking out on clearly unconstitutional legislation is not an option, it’s a duty. And remind her that doing the right thing is a lot cheaper than a lawsuit.

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1455

Email: Rep.VikkiBreeseIverson@oregonlegislature.gov

Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/breese-iverson