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Legal Battles Heating Up

07.15.2021

In spite of what you may hear from the press release wing of the minority party, gun owners, and anyone who thinks rationally, took a serious beating this last legislative session.

The Democrats are crowing about all the damage they were able to do, while even Democrat Senate President Peter Courtney has expressed his fears about the nature of the Democrats now in power.

You can hear what Courtney has to say about his fellow travelers in this extraordinary interview.

But while for the moment, the politicians are away from the building they locked the rest of us out of, there are still multiple battles taking place right this minute.  And as we have told you before, these are not fights that can be won with activism.

These fights can only be won with money.

Our two principle battles right now are initiative petitions 17 and 18, (see below for measure details) and our battle to protect the Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance in Columbia County.

I wanted to update you on both these fights.

As you know, if measures 17 and 18 pass, firearm’s rights as we know them in Oregon will quite simply be a thing of the past. These measures are so extreme, and so dangerous that we have to do everything we can to stop them.

Given the political attitudes of Oregon’s population centers and their complete disdain for people who live anywhere else, it’s perfectly believable that these demented measures could pass.  And given the bottomless war chest of the east coast leftists who support these attacks on our rights, it’s reasonable to expect massive media buys to convince low information voters that they will be safer if Oregonians are denied the ability to protect themselves and their families.

The last time the Portland Marxists attempted these measures we were able to prevent them from getting on the ballot because of your support. We must do it again.

As we have done in past ballot measure fights, OFF submitted comments to the Secretary of State on the proposed ballot titles for these measures.  Ballot titles are critical during initiative fights because often that’s all many voters read.  While any sane person would vote “no” if they read the entire measures, all too often all they read are the titles and summaries that the anti gun attorney general writes.

As you would expect, the proposed ballot titles and summaries did not begin to describe the damage these ballot measures would do.

By submitting comments that pointed out the deficiencies in the titles and summaries, OFF became legally qualified to challenge whatever ballot titles the Attorney General decides on.  No signature gathering can begin until all the court battles are complete, so it’s essential that we be prepared to go into court and demand titles that reflect just how dangerous and draconian these measures are.

The most effective way to do this is with attorneys who are experienced in the ballot measure process.  We believe the comments we submitted made a strong case for considerable changes but as you might guess, all that lawyer time adds up.

The second front is our battle in Columbia County.  The citizens of Columbia County twice passed citizen ballot measures to protect gun rights against outside infringement .

These sanctuary ordinances have been spreading rapidly across the country as more efforts are made by state and federal bureaucrats to crush gun rights.

The anti-gun billionaire cartel has been looking for an opportunity to challenge them in court and lucky us… they chose Columbia County.

After both Second Amendment Ordinances were passed, the Columbia County Commissioners decided they were losing control of the people who pay them. So they conspired with wealthy east coast anti-gun groups to overturn the will of the voters.

The commissioners basically re-wrote the ordinances the people passed, made unwanted changes and then requested that a court declare their own ordinance invalid.  They did all this while pretending they supported the decision the people made and were just seeking clarification, but in fact, were working behind the scenes with a radical, leftist, anti-gun group to torpedo the sanctuary ordinances.  The case was to be a test to see how many Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinances they could shoot down.

The good news is that all their briefs and pleadings demonstrate little more than a grotesque and willing disregard for what the measures actually do.

While they threw a barrage of baseless allegations against the Sanctuary ordinances, they provided hardly any statutory or other legal basis for the myriad of false claims they made.

But what is even more interesting was their repeated confusion about what they were actually seeking to overturn.  The measures passed by the people were, according to the county commission, replaced by their rewritten ordinance, which they claim was all that was in effect.  But the arguments made by the anti-rights cabal weave drunkenly between attacking the ballot measures that purportedly are no longer in effect, and the bogus “ordinance” drafted by the county.

We believe our lawyers have done an outstanding job of demolishing the propaganda created by the unholy alliance of the county commission and Mike Bloomberg’s paid anti-gun hacks.

The hearing on the case is scheduled for July 21st. Either way it will have national implications. But as we have pointed out, it will be very costly.

We would be grateful for any financial support you can offer to help us cover the legal fees. The past session was rough and these two legal battles are expensive.  But they have grave implications for all gun owners in Oregon and nationwide.

You can make a secure online donation here.

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

For those who prefer PAYPAL please use the orange button that says “Donate” on this page:

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If you prefer to donate through the mail you can send a donation to :

PO Box 556

Canby OR

97013.

Donations can be made to either OFF  or the OFEF, the Oregon Firearms Educational Foundation.

Thank you for your support.

Info on Ballot Measure 17

Info on Ballot Measure 18

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County Commissioners Ignore The People

07.06.2021

Today the County Commissioners of Benton, Marion, Yamhill, and Polk County voted to appoint Anna Scharf to the House Seat vacated when the Oregon Legislature expelled House Rep Mike Nearman.

Mike was one of 5 candidates chosen by the precinct committee people of the Republican Party in House District 23. Mike won that vote by a substantial margin.

The Commissioners chose to ignore the vote of the PCP’s and instead picked Scharf who used to work for Nearman. When asked during the PCP selection process if she would have voted to expel her former boss, she joined the entire Republican House Caucus and said she would have expelled him.

The only Commissioner to honor the overwhelming decision of the PCP’s was Yamhill County Commissioner Mary Starrett.

Marion County Commissioner Colm Willis did not vote.

All the other candidates made clear their intentions to compromise and grovel to the Democrat majority. Only Nearman spoke of standing up to them.

The Republican PCP’s demonstrated a lot more integrity than the Republican House members.

And with only one exception, the commissioners also demonstrated that politics beats principle.

Thanks to commissioner Starrett.  The others will be remembered.

 

Email links for commissioners.

ainsworth.mike@co.polk.or.us

pope.craig@co.polk.or.us

 

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Worst Ever Session Over

06.27.2021.

The most destructive and disgraceful legislative session in Oregon history ended on Saturday June 26th.

It was a perfect game for the hard left. Not only did they pass strict and dangerous new restrictions on your right to protect yourself and your family, they also passed a massive and crushing agenda of tax increases, rewards for criminals, attacks on the police, a guarantee of future power failures at greatly increased cost and an official incorporation into Oregon statutes of Marxist ideology and racist Marxist for-profit corporations.

It was breathtaking in its sheer, humiliating magnitude.  The damage that has been done to our state can barely be measured.

And through it all, the “loyal opposition,” the Republicans, responded with… press releases.

House Republican “leader” Christine Drazan announced in her release “ We have accomplished much for our communities and for Oregonians across the state this session…”  before a list of Republican failures.

House Rep Bill Post bragged about the money that will be spent in his district and his success “working across the aisle.”   “Working across the aisle” is Post’s slang for “crawling into bed with the left for another slap on the back of the head.”

Senate Republican “leader” Fred Girod presided over a caucus he split in half. Half doing their best to stand for principle, and the other half, Anderson, Kennemer, Knopp, Findley and Hansell, siding with the enemy on bill after leftist bill.

Through it all, the Republicans meekly complained about the left wing steamroller that was crushing Oregon, while handing them victory after victory with no attempt to stop or even slow down the mudslide of devastating policies.

This was the “equity” session.  And while the Democrats completely intimidated and neutered Republicans with that word, everyone knew what it really means:

The institutionalization of rabid racism and identical, failed, outcomes for all.

Democrats even introduced a bill at the end of the session saying racism was a “health crisis” and demanding “redistribution of resources.” Undisguised communist doctrine.

We sent a note to Democrat House Rep Andrea Salinas, the chief sponsor of that bill, HB 3414. We pointed out  that while this entire session has been dominated by rhetoric and legislation condemning the brutal behavior of white men and demanding revenge, the session has been completely controlled by the “BIPOC Caucus.”  All of whom identify as non white.  Salinas is in this caucus although she looks whiter than half the people in the legislature and she lives in that downtrodden ghetto… Lake Oswego.

We got a reply from her chief of staff, “Miranda Miller”.  She said:

“I will be forwarding this email to the Oregon State Police, and if our office continues to receive messages from you that are in anyway similar to the one you just sent, I will be sure to escalate the Oregon State Police’s response to this behavior.”

We saved her the time and sent it to the OSP ourselves with a promise to go quietly when they came for us.

Miller went on to say:

“I also have many connections with the many gun groups that lobby across Oregon because I worked for a year and a half at Pac/West Communications. I will be forwarding this message to every gun lobbying group so they are aware of the fact that any association with your group will mean they do not get a meeting with our office.”

You simply cannot make this stuff up.

Republicans in both Houses even abandoned the tactic of a full reading of the bills and thereby guaranteed a timely passage of the crippling policies of the left.

They caved with barely a whimper.

The Republicans in the House did stand together on one issue. The expulsion of the only real patriot in the House, Mike Nearman.

Not a single Republican House Rep demonstrated a shred of integrity when they bowed to the demands of Democrat overlord Tina Kotek and expelled Mike for doing what the other Republicans only give lip service to.  Opening the people’s house to… the people.

We have received countless emails from Oregonians expressing their disgust with the vast majority of elected Republicans. We share their disdain.

And now for some good news. 

Since Nearman’s colleagues banded together to remove him from the House (in order to assure they got their $ 2 million dollar payoffs) Nearman’s seat was declared vacant.

When a vacancy occurs in a legislative seat the process to replace that person requires the “precinct committee persons” of the same party (in Mike’s case the Republican Party) who reside in the affected district, to pick three to five candidates to fill the seat.

The final candidate is then chosen by the commissioners of the county, or counties, that are in the district in question.

In Mike Nearman’s case, his House district spread through parts of 4 counties; Polk, Yamhill, Marion and Benton.

The commissioners of those counties get votes that are weighted by the number of people that are in the House district.

In this case, Polk County will get the most votes followed by Yamhill, Marion and Benton.

Last Friday the Republican PCP’s met to pick the candidates for the vacant seat. And the top vote getter was…Mike Nearman.

Clearly, the PCP’s of the Republican Party in House District 23 have far more courage and integrity than does the entire Republican House Caucus. And while we have a long way to go to weed out the turn coats we helped elect, this is indeed a hopeful sign.

The other candidates that the commissioners will pick from are:

John Swanson

Anna Scharf

Jim Bunn

Micky Garus

But Nearman got the most votes by far. 

We have been informed that Anna Scharf (who actually worked for Nearman at one time) and Micky Garus, both said that had they been in the House when Mike was expelled, they would have joined in that vote and expelled him.

Some things never change.

It is clear that the people in Mike’s district want Mike as their Rep. And while we can’t imagine why anyone would want to go back to work side by side with that collection of cowards, Mike’s committed to the people who elected him and the Constitution.

The Commissioners will have to pick a replacement by July 9. If they fail to do so, Kate Brown will chose a lackey to fill Mike’s seat.

You can urge the commissioners to act quickly and in the best interests of the voters of Mike’s district.

Remember, Polk and Yamhill counties have the most votes.

This has been a bad year for patriots.  But there is still time to demand a resounding and historic victory and return Mike to the Oregon House.

Commissioner’s websites follow:

https://www.co.polk.or.us/boc

https://www.co.yamhill.or.us/boc

https://www.co.marion.or.us/BOC

https://www.co.benton.or.us/boc/page/about-board-commissioners

Email links for commissioners.

ainsworth.mike@co.polk.or.us

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We’re Surrounded.


06.17.2021

As we enter into the last days of the most destructive legislative session in Oregon history, the pace of the destruction is not slowing.

The Oregon Legislature is passing bills that will cause incalculable damage to our state for many years to come. And, as has become their custom, elected Republicans are rolling over like whipped dogs and watching the state crumble, pausing only to play dead or offer their paws to the majority party while waiting for a command to “fetch.” 

Anything to make sure their payoffs are not endangered.

The Republican House “leader” continues to have delusions of relevance with pointless, theatrical “demands” that the governor open our wounded state while the Senate Republicans demonstrate a complete disconnect from reality with endless requests that people sign “petitions” to stop the Democrat juggernaut, and hey while your at it, will you please send them more money.

To call all this an embarrassment would be to understate it immensely.

Yesterday the entire Portland Police riot squad resigned from that detail making the Rose City one step closer to the goal of its elected leaders…turning Portland into Mogadishu.

As we previously reported, OFF is now in a legal fight to uphold the Second Amendment Preservation Ordinances twice passed by the residents of Columbia County.  The Columbia County Commissioners joined forces with Bloomberg’s “Everytown” to challenge the ordinances and now we are faced with a costly battle to defend them.  But this fight is absolutely critical as it might well set a precedent for Second Amendment protection ordinances across the state and country. Unfortunately the main ingredient in court battles is money. And we’re going to need a lot of it.

Meanwhile, another of the “gang of six” sellout cowards in the Republican Senate Caucus is facing a recall.

Lynn Findley, who never met a surrender he could not embrace, is the latest target of completely disgusted voters.

As you know, Senate Republican ‘leader” Fred Girod is also facing a recall.

In his defense Findley said:

“I chose to stand and fight and put stuff on the record,and by staying in the session, I was able to work hard for the constituents. And that’s what I’m supposed to do.”

This is, of course, complete and utter hogwash. The Republican Senators who stayed on the floor for the vote on SB 554, were the servile enablers of their Democrat overlords. But Findley also shines as one of the Republicans most likely to vote for any demented legislation the Democrats beat him over the head with. (Although Hansell, Knopp, Kennemer, Anderson and Girod are doing their best to keep up.)

You may recall that Findley is one of the two bootlicks who turned on the new leaders of the Republican Party to assist the left in doing as much damage as they could to anything rational. Findley is a detestable laughing stock who should be removed from any job with any responsibilities that do not require a mop and dust cloth.

A measure has been filed to refer SB 554 to the ballot. This will be another costly and risky fight. In the event the voters do reject 554 (and given the make up of voters in Portland this is quite the hill to climb) nothing prevents the legislature from simply reinstating another version of it the next time they are in session.

To date, none of the Republicans who we helped elect, who then turned their backs on gun owners, have offered a single dime from their coffers to help in the effort. Of course many of them were eager to remind us that refusing to walk out to stop 554 was no big deal since gun owners could expend massive amounts of money and time to refer it to the ballot. No real need for them to do their job since the people could do it for them. And no need for them to offer any financial assistance either because seriously, they have to get re-elected.

The chief petitioner on the referral to stop SB 554 is Mike Nearman who was recently expelled from the legislature for actually doing what the others only talk about.

Ironically, the other two petitioners are House Reps who voted to expel Mike, so don’t hold your breathe expecting any help from them. And by all means, pray they are never in your foxhole. No way they are risking their payoffs.

You can learn more about the referral and get petitions and offer help here. https://responsibleresponse.com/

But wait, there’s more.

The “faith fakers” of Portland are back with two new anti-rights ballot measures.  Both have been approved to receive “ballot titles.”

In their past incarnations we have been able to hold them at bay with legal challenges. But, the impulse to crush liberty never rests so they are back.

Ballot measure 17 will require that you obtain a “permit” to simply purchase a firearm.  The permit will require “training” and a hefty fee. Ballot Measure 17 also bans most firearms magazines.

Full info on the measure and its sponsors is here.

Ballot Measure 18 bans virtually all modern firearms. The “people of faith” who are pushing this will allow you to keep firearms you already own if you jump through a complex set of hoops. But nothing new or off to jail you go. It’s interesting to note that the folks behind these measures are also big supporters of anti-cop efforts and apologists for the friendly folks who are burning down Portland.  To date we have not seen a single word of condemnation from them for the gun toting thugs who now rule the streets of Bridge Town, but they are quite determined to make sure you white supremacists are disarmed.

Full info on the measure and its sponsors is here.

As you can see, gun owners have a full plate right now. We are battling on multiple fronts, we have virtually no support from the people we helped elect and the cavalry is NOT coming.

All of these efforts are going to be very costly. That’s just the way it is.    Writing and calling your legislators is not going to matter.  Few of them have the courage or the willingness to help anyway.  This is going to come down to money. Pure and simple.

As you know, OFF does not include a request that you “chip in” with every alert we send you. We don’t tell you that we are “tragically short of our goal for the week” or that we need to raise “$10,456.00 tonight to meet the deadline.”  But let’s face it.  We really have our back to the wall now.

We gave generously to candidates who walked away from the fight. That’s money we could have spent on these battles. But the fight did not walk away.  We need your help.

Anything you give will be an investment in your rights and property. Anything you can afford will be used to put the brakes on the blood thirsty leftists who are determined to crush liberty and sanity in our state.

Thanks in advance for your generosity.

You can use either of the following links to contribute to this battle.

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

If you prefer, there is an orange button on this page to donate through PAYPAL.

https://www.oregonfirearms.org/join-support-off

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They’re Back

06.03.2021

The jesters from the faux “faith” movement are back.

In a burst of creativity and originality this is what “Rabbi” Michael Cahana said about his attempts to outlaw the most popular firearms in America:

 these are weapons designed and used to kill as many human beings as possible in as short as time as possible…”

Cahana has joined his usual gaggle of fake “church leaders” whose only real god seems to be the crushing power of the state, to once again attempt to push numerous ballot measures to deny American’s gun rights.

The last time Cahana and his fellow travelers pushed this Marxist nonsense when we pointed out that it was this kind of deprivation of the right of self defense that preceded the murder of millions of Jews, the gun ban mob and the media cartel immediately attacked us as anti-semitic for noting the obvious. We have no doubts they will again.

But clearly some people simply never learn.

As you know, our battles are now on multiple fronts.  Gun owners have all but been abandoned  (with a few notable exceptions) by the Republican legislators they helped elect.

We are in a very expensive legal fight in Columbia County where the commissioners have stomped on the will of the people. They replaced the Second Amendment sanctuary ordinances, invoked by the people, with their own weaker version and then joined with superrich anti-gun groups to overturn their own version.

And, as expected, the Governor has signed SB 554, a bill that not only excludes gun owners from the buildings they pay for and requires that their guns be locked up and useless, but holds them liable for crimes committed by others.

Oregon is truly facing an unprecedented attack on liberty.

The legislative session is not over. There is still more damage that can be done.

We now have virtually no representation in the House and only a handful of out numbered patriots in the Senate.

We’re going to need all the help we can get in the coming months. We’ll be watching the closing days of the worst legislative session in Oregon history. Please be vigilant too.

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Biden Comes For Personal Firearms

05.24.2021

As you  know, Joe Biden is moving full speed ahead in his war on America’s gun owners.

His pending pick to head the ATF is a darling of far left gun ban groups and a committed enemy of the 2nd Amendment and common sense.

While Oregon’s two Senators are rabidly anti 2nd Amendment, it never hurts to let them know how much you oppose having the ATF run by someone on the payroll of anti-rights organizations.

At the same time, Biden will be doing all he can to use the ATF to mount a crusade against gun rights on other fronts.

Biden wants to destroy the American tradition of self made personal firearms and redefine numerous terms to make gun possession and creation as costly and burdensome as possible.

These attacks on your rights are being cloaked in the latest nonsense term “ghost gun”.

Some of the most important innovations in firearms technology  were the result of the inventiveness of private individuals tinkering in their own homes and shops. Biden wants to make sure that kind or creativity is stifled.

No doubt, he would be happy to see all firearms innovation take place in China.

ATF is currently accepting comments on the proposed changes.   You can read about them in depth, and comment on them, here. (https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/05/21/2021-10058/definition-of-frame-or-receiver-and-identification-of-firearms#open-comment)

If you would prefer not to slog through pages of ATF double talk we suggest you just keep your comments to a simple demand that ATF not use their questionable statistics about crime to cripple the ability of Americans to make their own firearms, for their own use, without the meddling of another alphabet agency. Just as we have done for generations.

ATF’s guidelines follow.

All comments must reference this document’s docket number, ATF 2021R-05, be legible, and include the commenter’s complete first and last name and full mailing address. ATF may not consider, or respond to, comments that do not meet these requirements or comments containing profanity. ATF will retain all comments as part of this rulemakings administrative record. ATF will treat all comments as originals and will not acknowledge receipt of comments. In addition, if ATF cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, ATF may not be able to consider your comment.

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Disgraceful Bill Pulled.

05.18.2021

 

Senate Bill 865 has been pulled from today’s schedule. Also gone is all the testimony against it.

As you will recall, 865 was the bill sponsored by Republican sellouts, Linn Findley and Bill Hansell along with far left Democrat Rob Wagner.

The sole purpose of the bill was to attack fellow Republican Senators Dallas Heard and Dennis Linthicum who were recently elected to leadership positions in the Republican Party.

Heard and Linthicum were among the 6 Senators  who refused to help Democrats pass SB 554, a radical anti gun bill.

Findley and Hansell were among the 6 Republicans who stayed on the floor for the vote on that bill, thereby giving the Democrats the quorum they needed to pass it.

Voters in Findley and Hansell’s districts have been furious at them for rolling over and helping pass 554. So, doing what all cowards do, they joined the Democrats to attack stand-up Republicans.

What the bill did was make it illegal for Linthicum and Heard to serve both as Senators and as officers in the party, and punished them with fines of $250.00 a day if they did not resign from one position or the other.

They were the only people in the state the bill would have applied to.

Hansell and Findley, under the “leadership” of Fred Girod, displayed a new level of disgraceful behavior with this ugly and vindictive attack not only on members of their caucus, but the entire Republican Party which chose Linthicum and Heard as leaders by a substantial margin.

The old guard who were replaced had a collective tantrum and Findley and Hansel stepped up to seek revenge.

As you can imagine, normal people were outraged by this sick display of petty vengeance and let the turncoats know.  Before disappearing, testimony was soundly against this childish abuse of legislative power.

We want to thank everyone who took time to express their disgust with Findley and Hansell and their juvenile games. We have no doubts you are the reason the bill has been pulled.  But, as with all legislative issues, nothing is truly dead until the legislature shuts down for the session.

We will continue to monitor the bill and keep you informed.

 

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Sellouts Double Down


 


05.13.2021

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Does ANYONE Believe This Crap?

Does ANYONE Believe This Crap?

 

05.12.2021

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

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

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

Read it here.

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Gun Ban Bill Passes. 6 Republicans Made It Happen

The Sellout is Complete

Republicans

05.05.2021

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

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

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

The Republican Senators who helped pass the bill were:

Fred Girod

Dick Anderson

Bill Kennemer

Tim Knopp

Bill Hansell

Lynn Findley

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

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

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

Of course OFF has never threatened anyone. Ever.

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

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

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

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

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

Not participating in this side show were:

Dallas Heard

Dennis Linthicum

Chuck Thomsen

Kim Thatcher

Brian Boquist

Art Robinson

They stood up for your rights.

Dennis Linthicum posted this today.

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Take A Walk Fred

Take A Walk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recallfredgirod.net

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Decoding SB 554.

04.30.2021

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

For more on “deceptive language” read on.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Section 2(1) describes “authorized persons”:

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

Section 2(9) describes “possessor”:

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

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

We hope that’s clear.

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

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

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

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

Got it? Good, we’ll move on.

Section 3 of the bill deals with mandated storage.

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

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

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

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

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

A) With an engaged trigger or cable lock;

(B) In a locked container; or…..

(C) In a gun room.

So. What’s a “gun room?”

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

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

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

A firearm is not considered “secure” if:

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

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

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

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

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

Here is what follows in Section 3.

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

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

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

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

  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Section 6 deals with supervising minors.

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

Section 8 is where a lot more trouble happens.

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

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

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

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

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

But the bill also bans licensed carry on school grounds.

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

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

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

Or they can just keep the loot.

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

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

Senator Fred Girod

Republican – District 9 – Stayton

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

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Two Gun Bans Move Forward

04.23.2021

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

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

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

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

Here is the version they adopted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The amended bill contains this language:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Senate and House leader’s contact info follow:

Senator Fred Girod

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

Representative Christine Drazan

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

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IMPORTANT UPDATE ON SB 554

04.21.2021

Important Update on SB 554.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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House Shuts Down Again

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

 

UPDATE:

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

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

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

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

04.20.2021

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

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

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

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

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

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