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Gun Grab Update

02.12.2020

Today we saw action on two bills designed to eliminate your ability to protect yourself and your family.

SB 1538, (visit a library –  go to prison) which we told you about on Monday, was officially moved to the Senate Rules Committee.

This afternoon, HB 4005 (mandatory gun lock downs) was moved to the House Rules Committee.

Two amendments were adopted before it was sent to Rules.

The “dash-1” amendment, which we told you about on Feb 8, and a new amendment , the “dash-7” amendment, requested by anti-gun Paul Evans.

The “dash-1” replaces most of the language of the original bill but keeps almost all of the worst provisions.

The “dash-7” basically says you will not be required to lock up your self defense firearm if you are completely alone in your home and all your doors and windows are locked.You might think we make this stuff up. But we don’t.

So, if your wife comes home unexpectedly, you are in violation.

Summertime and your patio door is open? You are in violation.

Upstairs windows open?  Violation.

Amendments by pro-gun members of the committee were voted down.

House Rep Sherrie Sprenger served notice of a possible “minority report” on HB 4005. A minority report is a substitute for an existing bill. Sprenger is a pro-gun Republican, so while we have not seen the language she is proposing you can assume it will be something positive for gun owners.

Now we need to double down to kill HB 4005 in the form it was sent to the Rules Committee.

Your efforts so far have had an effect.  Keep up the good work.

Please use this link to send a message that you strongly oppose legislation to render your family defenseless and hold you responsible for the crimes of others.

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Anti Gun Bill Hearing Cancelled

02.10.2020

The hearing on Senate Bill 1538, a bill that would have sent you to prison for 5 years for visiting a public library, or any public building, while in possession of a CHL licensed handgun, has been cancelled.

The Judiciary Committee as announced that there will be a “work session” instead for the sole purpose of moving the bill to the Rules Committee.

This means no other action will be taken on the bill in Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb 12 and no testimony will be taken.

We will alert you to any other changes as we receive them.

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Santa Is Coming And So Are More Gun Restrictions

12.09.19

Just in time for the Christmas Holiday, the folks at “Lift Every Voice” have presented 3 new ways to send Oregon gun owners to jail.

They’ve introduced three more ballot measures to restrict and regulate the possession of firearms and firearm feeding devices for the 2020 ballot.

In their usual rush to ignore facts, they have created a new category of firearm; the “semi-automatic assault firearm.”

Semi-automatic assault firearm means (among other things and we did not make this up) “A selective fire rifle capable of fully automatic, semiautomatic or burst fire at the option of the user..” (Or anything that looks like scary.)

They also include many shotguns and handguns in the list of firearms they hope to restrict.

Early news reports not only got the number of new ballot measures wrong but also misidentified one of the ballot measures as “Measure 43” which was a measure dealing with driver’s licenses for illegal aliens.

In this report (possibly corrected by the time you read this) Channel 12 said :

“On Monday, they filed Measure 43, the first of two petitions that would require a five-day background check and keep anyone under 21 years old from purchasing assault-style rifles and limit magazines to ten rounds or less.”


Channel 12 did, however, quote us correctly if not completely.

The three new ballot measures (now in addition to the mandatory lock up measure we are currently addressing in court) are IP 60, IP 61 and IP 62.

 

IP 60. “will implement an enhanced safety training course, add a waiting period and require that the background check be successfully completed before a semiautomatic assault firearm is delivered to the purchaser, so that we ensure these weapons are kept out of dangerous hands; and … follow several other states by raising the minimum age to purchase semiautomatic assault firearms to twenty-one …”

 

IP 61 “will follow several other states by raising the minimum age to purchase semiautomatic assault firearms to twenty-one; and…enhance the safety of residents, particularly children, of this state by prohibiting the manufacture, sale, or transfer of large-capacity ammunition magazines…”

 

IP 62 “will enhance the safety of residents, particularly children, of this state by prohibiting the manufacture, sale or purchase of large-capacity ammunition magazines”

 

 

As usual, they are doing it all “for the children.”

 

Obviously these attacks will only be part of the upcoming battles since the Democrats in Salem have promised to get as much of this nonsense as possible passed as legislation in February.

 

As you can imagine, we’re going to need all the help we can get fighting these attacks as well as the previously filed IP 40 which requires that your firearms be inaccessible.

 

Please consider donating what you can to protect your rights and the rights of your children and grandchildren.

 

Details on proposed measures:

 

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Lock Up Your Self Defense Moves Forward

10.03.19

A ballot measure that will require you to keep your self defense firearms locked up and unavailable is moving forward.

Ballot Measure 40 has collected enough signatures to get a ballot title from the Attorney General.

In Oregon, the Attorney General is a vocal anti-gun radical. You can rest assured she will do all she can to write the most sympathetic ballot title possible. Of course, we will be doing all we can to prevent that.

The simple truth is, mandatory gun l0ck up laws are unconstitutional. This is not in doubt. The US Supreme Court made that clear in the Heller decision.

So now we have no choice but to gear up to fight them in court. We simply must not allow them to write a ballot title that misleads Oregon voters. They need to know that under the proposed ballot measure, victims of theft in Oregon will face harsher penalties than gun thieves will. It’s insane.

Please consider contributing as much as you can to our legal fund to  stand in the way of this madness. If we don’t succeed all Oregonian gun owners will  face severe legal jeopardy simply for having the means to defend themselves and their loved ones.

You can make a tax deductible donation here .

Please choose “Oregon Firearms Educational Foundation” from the “Donation Category” drop down menu to ensure that your donation qualifies for a tax deduction. Thank you for your commitment to liberty.

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Lock Up Your Safety Re-introduced As Ballot Measure

07.18.19

The Bloomberg funded “Oregonians For Safe Gun Storage” is back with another effort to force you to keep your self defense firearm locked up and useless.

Ballot measure 2020-040 is a rehash of all the dangerous and vindictive language we have seen in previous ballot measures and failed legislation.

The measure not only requires that your self defense firearms be rendered useless, it also, (once again) holds you responsible for the criminal misuse of a firearm stolen from you. As has been the case in all previous ballot measures and failed legislation, the measure contains not one single word about stiffer penalties for people who actually steal guns. In effect, you face greater liability than the thief who stole your firearm.

But there is another interesting provision that these measures always contain but is often overlooked. While the measure requires you to lock your guns in a “container” or with a “trigger” or “cable” lock, it holds you responsible for the misuse of a stolen firearm even if you did lock it up!

Section 1 (B) (b)  says the firearm is not secured if “any other means” of opening a lock or container is available to the person who stole your gun!

Clearly, except for an expensive gun safe, almost any “gun lock” is easily defeated.

Despite what the Bloomberg stooges say in their ballot measure, this new attack on rights is not intended to “prevent tragedies,” it is intended to punish gun owners and put them in danger while continuing to do nothing to perpetrators and thieves .

We were successful in defeating the worst of the gun legislation in the 2019 session. But the battle never ends.  The Bloomberg stooges are very wealthy and not likely to make the mistakes they made in the past.

This fight will be all about legal bills and this last session was costly.  Please consider the most generous donation you can afford. Your donation to the Oregon Firearms Educational Foundation is tax deductible, Please use this link and choose “Oregon Firearms Educational Foundation” from the “Donation Category” tab.

Thank you.

 

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MAYDAY…

06.18.19

This may well be the shortest notice we have ever asked people to take action on.

HB 2020 is racing through the Oregon legislature. This is NOT a gun bill, but it has the potential to be the most destructive piece of legislation in Oregon history. This is not hype folks. If this bill passes energy costs will skyrocket and rural Oregonians will be decimated. The same people who are working overtime to steal your guns are working overtime to steal everything else.

If this bill becomes law, we will be locked into contracts with other states and countries that will crush anyone who makes a living off the land and severely attack every other Oregonian.

The Senate Republicans who killed the vicious gun ban bill (SB 978) by walking off the floor are willing to take aggressive action to stop this job killing, wage destroying bill. They have asked that we get as many people as possible to the Capitol steps tomorrow in a show of support for liberty and sanity.

Please, if you can be there tomorrow at noon, it could make all the difference. 

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Senator Knopp Sells Out

05.08.19

Today Senator Tim Knopp sold out his fellow Republicans and returned to the floor in an effort to give gun grabbing Democrats the quorum they need to pass devastating legislation.

Yesterday the “Oregon Catalyst” ran a glowing puff piece on Knopp praising him for  walking off the floor with other Republicans. Today Knopp folded. 

The Senate needs two Republicans to abandon their principles and Knopp gave them half of what they need.

If  the grossly understaffed Oregon State Police are pulled off our roads to hunt down the other Republicans who have refused to participate in this side show, and they can locate and arrest one more Republican and force them back to the floor, the Democrats can pass ANYTHING.  So bills like the gun grabbing SB 978 are almost sure to become law.

Please contact Knopp and let him know how outraged you are at this betrayal.

Email: Sen.TimKnopp@oregonlegislature.gov

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Roblan’s Game

04.18.19

Gun owners have been deluging Senator Arnie Roblan with calls and emails telling him to vote against SB 978.

What follows is a typical response from his office. A careful reading reveals his game plan.

We are currently receiving over 1,000 emails a day regarding this issue, and that is not taking into account the phone calls as well. We are doing our best to work through and respond to everyone but you’ll have to understand that we just don’t have the capacity to respond to everyone in a timely fashion; this is why we advise folks to reach out to their respective Legislator.
 Arnie is planning to vote no on this measure when it goes to the floor. Folks’ time and effort regarding this issue is a bit wasted on us and would be better spent trying to persuade a third democrat to vote in opposition.

 Thank you for reaching out to our office, and don’t hesitate to reach out with any further questions or concerns.

 

Note that they say he is going to vote against it “on the floor.”  But his office is also telling people that he plans to vote “yes” in the Rules Committee when the bill gets a “work session” there. The bill has to move out of that committee before anything can happen on the floor.  If Roblan joins the Republicans on that committee, the bill is dead. If he votes yes, the bill goes to the Senate floor where it will almost certainly pass even if Roblan votes  “no.”

The plan is to vote it out of committee and then vote “no” on the floor so when this demented attack on your rights becomes law, and most of us become felons, Roblan can say “But I voted against it.” Classic bait and switch.

Some people are being told by his office that if he does not promise to vote “yes” in committee, the Senate President can pull him off that committee for that one vote and replace him with another Democrat who will promise to vote “yes.”  It’s true, the Senate President has the power to do that. But if Roblan is truly committed to voting “no” there is no reason he should care if he is pulled off the committee for that one vote.

Roblan is playing a game hoping to convince gun owners he is not trying to turn them into felons while at the same time doing what he can to get this bill passed.

 

Please contact his office and tell him you don’t care how he votes “on the floor” if he does not use his power to kill this bill in committee.
Roblan’s Phone 503-986-1705
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Omnibus Anti-Gun Bill Sent To Rules Committee

04.17.19

It’s official. SB 978, the omnibus anti-gun bill, has been referred to the Senate Rules Committee.

This means the fate of this malicious attack is in the hands of one Democrat Senator, Arnie Roblan.

Roblan has stated that he does not support the bill, but he will be pressured by other Democrats to vote it out of committee. We have to do everything we can to counteract that pressure and urge him to vote NO and keep hundreds of thousands of Oregonians from becoming felons overnight.

Please contact Roblan and strongly urge him to join the Republicans on the Rules Committee and vote NO on SB 978.

Roblan’s phone  503-986-1705

Roblan’s email Sen.ArnieRoblan@oregonlegislature.gov

Please use the points below to explain how dangerous SB 978 is.

SB 978 would create a patchwork of back alley gun control laws and eliminate Oregon’s pre-emption statute.

SB 978 would make you a felon if you traveled anywhere near any public building that chose to prohibit firearms, even if you had a concealed handgun license.

It would allow school districts, colleges and universities to make up policies concerning firearms in buildings they did not even own.

It would make traveling to and from an airport with a firearm, even with a concealed handgun license, a felony.

It would mandate that guns be locked up (already declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court) and allow you to be charged with a crime even if they were locked up and stolen.

It would make possession of many firearms made before 1968 a felony.

It would make possession of any gun you made yourself a felony. There is no provision for adding a serial number to a firearm you made yourself.

It would eliminate or severely restrict youth firearms programs.

It would require that all firearms “transferred” be equipped with cable or trigger locks and hold you responsible for crimes committed with any firearm that you transferred without such locks.

It would ban possession of “unfinished frames or receivers” which are so poorly defined the term could mean anything.

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Ready To Rumble?

04.12.19

Things are heating up and it’s because of you.

Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger told NRA TV  (starting at 16 minutes) that the Republicans have had it and are ready to dig in their heels.

Democrat policies are bankrupting Oregon and their efforts to turn good Oregonians into felons have just gone too far.

Now is the time to really turn up the heat. If the Republicans stand up, we can still beat the worst gun control bills, or at least go down swinging.

Please make every effort you can to contact Oregon legislators and tell them to stop wasting time attacking your rights and fix some of Oregon’s real problems.

Please contact Senate President Peter Courtney and tell him that gun owners are not the problem. Failed government agencies are the problem. Oregon is falling apart and all the Democrats are doing is harassing the state’s most law abiding residents.

Then please use the button below to send a message to all Oregon Senators.

Now is not the time to relax.

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Showtime.

04.10.19

Our backs are against the wall. If SB 978 passes almost all of us are at risk of becoming felons. It is that simple.

SB 978 was created to turn as many of us as possible into criminals. 

Virtually all Democrats support this bill.

There is one tool to stop it. The Senate Republicans have to take a courageous stand, and WALK OUT.

Period. That is the only hand they have to play. If they don’t, your gun rights will be gone, end of story.

You will be a criminal if someone steals your gun.

You will be a criminal if you own an older firearm that never had a serial number.

You will be a criminal if you don’t lock up your guns.

You will be a criminal if you DO lock up your guns.

You will be a felon if you drive NEAR a “public building” with a firearm.

You can go to prison for 5 years for picking up a friend or family member at an airport.

You will be a criminal if you have ever built a firearm at home.

In short, you will be a criminal if you do virtually all things normal law abiding gun owners do.

The time is short. If Oregon Republican Senators don’t walk out and deny the Democrats a quorum we will have very little chance of saving any gun rights in Oregon.

Please take a moment to demand Oregon Republican Senators take a stand to keep their supporters out of prison.

Take action NOW.

 

 

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WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

04.08.19

In the still of the night, (12 .16 am this morning to be exact) Floyd Prozanski introduced yet another 44 page amendment to SB 978. This would be the “Dash 4″ amendment. It makes changes to several provisions of previous amendments including definitions of “untraceable” and “undetectable” firearms and the new prohibitions on being near a public building or airport with a firearm. 

Although the bill was scheduled to be voted on in the Senate Judiciary Committee today, it was moved to tomorrow’s schedule.  They may very well sneak in more proposed amendments in the middle of the night before then.

SB 1040 was also moved to tomorrow’s schedule. So far one amendment has been introduced to that bill. More could be coming.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet tomorrow to move these bills at 8.15 am .

HB 2013 was scheduled to be heard today in the House Judiciary Committee. That bill was also postponed until tomorrow awaiting amendments which have not been posted as of the time of this alert.

Stay tuned. The fight goes on.

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Anti-Gun Monday Is Coming

04.06.19

Monday April 8th will be a busy day in Salem because of impending deadlines.

SB 978 will have a work session in Senate Judiciary at 8am.  Currently there are three amendments to the bill. No doubt you have already seen the Dash 1 amendment but after the public hearing started last Tuesday morning, Chair Floyd Prozanski posted two new amendments, the Dash 2 and Dash 3, both 44 pages long, with no opportunity for people who were there to testify, to read.

There is nothing to prevent him from adding more for the coming work session and once again he can do this with no notice.

Public testimony will not be taken at this “work session” so if the bill is dramatically altered again the only opportunity you will have for input will be contact with your legislators.

Prozanski is notorious for these kinds of sneaky moves.

Here is the schedule for Senate Judiciary for the 8th. To follow last minute changes to SB 978 use this link.

If you cannot attend the work session you can watch it live using this link.

You’ll want to scroll down to the link for the Senate Judiciary Committee. The work session will be held in Hearing Room C if you can attend.

Also scheduled for a work session is SB 1040. As of right now, this is a very narrowly crafted bill to address one location where unsupervised people allowed rounds to leave the property and hit homes across a river. In its current form it is not a dangerous bill, however people have requested it be expanded greatly and if it is it could become a real problem for gun clubs and ranges. We will be watching for potentially dangerous amendments.

In the afternoon in House Judiciary there will be a work session for HB 2013.

This is one more in a seemingly endless parade of bills to deny firearms to those who have been accused of domestic abuse. Year after year new legislation is drafted to restrict guns from those so accused, yet every year there seems to be one more “loophole” to close.

At no time is legislation ever introduced to empower the victims of abuse, only to force greater reliance on a state that clearly cannot take care of its most vulnerable.

Thank you for your continued activism. Please keep up the pressure especially if your representatives are Democrats.

 

 

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ANTI GUN BILLS MOVING

04.03.19

Hundreds of Second Amendment supporters flooded the Capitol yesterday to oppose SB 978, a 44 page assault on the gun rights and common sense. Gun owners greatly outnumbered supporters of this complex, unenforceable attack on civil rights.

We want to thank everyone who came whether you had an opportunity to testify or not. Far too many gun rights supporters showed up to fit in one room and multiple “overflow” rooms were required.

As is typical for the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Floyd Prozanski, two amendments were posted after the hearing started. SB 978-2 and SB 978-3.

It appears the main change in the “Dash 2” amendment is to place more firearms restrictions on foster parents. (See Section 10b on page 9) Given Oregon’s critical shortage of foster parents this provision just proves once again how determined Democrats are to crush this state.

The only change we found in the “Dash 3” amendment seems to be a minor technical change. (See line 21 on page 35.) But with both these new amendments being over 40 pages long, it’s possible there are other changes.

Please keep in mind the magnitude of this bill. Its provisions are so sweeping it could literally make you a felon simply for leaving your home with a firearm, even to go on a hunting trip. Some provisions are not even possible to comply with. The whole purpose of this bill is to attack law abiding gun owners. Far from addressing crime, it will create a vast new class of criminals. People like you.

It is critical that you do everything you can to express your opposition to this insanity, especially if your Senator or Representative is a Democrat. Call them. Email them. Go to their offices. We understand how difficult it is for working people to do this, but if you don’t you will have a choice of simply giving up your guns, or becoming a criminal.

If you don’t know who your Oregon Legislators are, use this link to find out:  https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html

Just type in your address in the search box at the top of that page. Your local Oregon legislators will be the first two people listed. Do not click on the tab that says “Congress”, those are federal legislators who have nothing to do with this bill.

You will see contact info for your legislators. If they are Democrats, request a meeting. Demand to know why they are attempting to turn you into a criminal.

We are at a critical turning point. If SB 978 becomes law, you may well consider moving TO California.

You may still provide written testimony (until 5pm tomorrow) at this address sjud.exhibits@oregonlegislature.gov

Once again, thanks to every one of you who traveled and showed up in the early hours of the morning to stand up for liberty. The battle continues. Click below.

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It’s Coming Down

04.01.19

This is not an April Fools joke. Tomorrow the Senate Judiciary Committee will be hearing SB 978. Or more accurately the “Dash 1″ amendments to SB 978.

Those are the amendments we have so far. There could be more at the last minute. This bill could be the most extreme attack on gun rights in Oregon history.

While there are countless terrible provisions to the amended bill, the one that will effect ALL gun owners is the change in the definition of “Public Buildings” and the provision that would allow virtually any public entity to create rules about firearms in “public buildings” .  Under the amendments, a school district could create a policy that could make you a felon simply for being NEAR a public building. You don’t even have to be on their property.

In essence, it would be almost impossible for you to leave your home with a firearm without the risk of committing a felony.

The hearing and work session on this outrage is tomorrow at 8AM. You should be there. If you would like to testify against it, come very early to sign up. But even if you don’t plan to testify you should come if you can.

The hearing will be in Room 50 which is in the basement of the Capitol building. If you are a concealed handgun license holder you may lawfully carry in the building . (At least for now.)

If you prefer to send written testimony you can send it here: sjud.exhibits@oregonlegislature.gov

You should also call Senate President Peter Courtney and express your opposition to this terrible attack on your rights. He can be reached at 503-986-1600

This is for all the marbles folks. 

If you cannot be there, please take action with the button below.