The first “special session” of 2020 closed on June 26.
The people of Oregon were locked out of the session and the Capitol Building. While the Democrats gave lip service to the notion that the public could still testify, anyone who watched the “remote” hearings could see that actually connecting was a clown show with constant missed or dropped calls and a system totally incapable of keeping people involved.
While numerous bills restricting police passed, the continuing chaos in our streets was ignored.
Five of the police accountability bills begin with the introductory clause “Black Lives Matter.”
By capitalizing “Black Lives Matter” they enshrined the leftist, anti-police, political organization and not the concept that people of one particular race matter.
Nowhere mentioned in any of the bills was the fact that people of all races suffer when those in authority abuse their power.
While we see nightly violence in many parts of our state and, in fact, across the country, the Democrats in control continue to condone and approve these actions, refusing to condemn the organized destruction.
Even while the governor is instituting more restrictive measures against the law abiding and curtailing their freedom and rights, she and other Democrat leaders are insisting that the mobs of looters and rioters are somehow immune to the spread of the disease she uses as a justification for closing churches. The nightly riots in Portland barely register as “news” showing up in the “Oregonian” well below sports stories.
Videos from around the country show people, including police, being attacked by armed mobs and whole parts of American cities are now under the control of violent criminals. All with the blessing of elected Democrats.
So what does all this mean for you?
While Oregon has always done a very bad job of processing the background checks required before you can exercise a God given Constitutional “right”, things have now reached a crisis stage.
Every day OFF hears from people who are waiting days for the State Police simply to start their background checks for gun purchases . Then they have to wait through the process of the check which could delay them for months.
While both Oregon and Federal law allow a buyer to take possession of a firearm if they have not been approved after 3 business days, (barring an outright denial ) this rule only applies to people who have been delayed after a check has been initiated. There is no protection for people who are waiting just to have the process begin. And even then, very few dealers are willing to transfer a firearm on a “delay” because of the years of threats and lies they have received from the ATF and the State Police.
People who are justifiably fearful of the daily violence, and the inability of police to intervene, are facing long and dangerous delays acquiring self defense firearms even if they can find something to buy.
The State Police Firearms Instant Check unit is grossly understaffed as a result of Kate Brown’s stay-at-home dictates while we experience the biggest surge in attempted firearms purchases ever. Furthermore, Kate Brown’s animosity towards gun owners all but guarantees that there will be no effort on the part of the State Police FICS unit to correct the mess they have created.
Add to this the fact that many sheriff’s offices are refusing to issue new concealed handgun licenses and it is becoming the perfect storm for mindless anarchy.
Many people in the worst locations are on their own and defenseless.
There is currently no reason to believe any of this is going improve soon. The Governor has promised more “special sessions.” Anything can happen in those sessions. The Democrats in control demonstrated in this most recent session that Republican bills and input are not welcome. The minority party may as well not even show up.
While Oregon faces an economic crisis created by state mandate, the legislature is in no way compelled to address that. They have the ability to institute any new law they want to and could certainly use the current chaos to ram through new firearms restrictions at the same time our police are being ordered to stand down and having their budgets cut.
Now would be a good time to assess your current needs and situation and consider making whatever preparations you can as the lawlessness moves out of the larger cities. Oregon’s ruling party has shown no interest in restoring order and in fact demonstrated a strong affinity for the rioters.
Please be cautious and we’ll keep you informed of any legislative action the may effect you even while you as voters are locked out of the process.