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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.

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Gun Ban Bill Gets Work Hearing

TURNING GUN OWNERS INTO FELONS BILL GETS “WORK SESSION”

 

04.20.2021

Yesterday, in our second alert of the day, we told you that the Oregon House had scheduled a public hearing on Wednesday for SB 554.  554 is the bill that will turn law abiding gun owners into felons and double the cost of a concealed handgun license. A license that will be worth far less should 554 become law.

This bill already passed the Senate with the help of 6 Republican Senators who greased the skids by providing a quorum for the leftists who pushed the bill.

Earlier yesterday we told you the House had delayed a vote on HB 2510, a bill to require that your self defense firearms be locked up and useless and hold you responsible for the crimes committed with stolen guns.

Now the House has scheduled a “work session” for SB 554 the day after the public hearing. Work sessions are were the committee votes to move the bill to the floor for a vote of the entire House.  But it’s also where bills are amended. The work session is scheduled for Thursday April 22 at 8 am.

We don’t know if the delay on HB 2510 has anything to do with the immediate scheduling of SB 554, but there are not a lot of coincidences in Salem.

SB 554 already lists a number of possible amendments. But the committee can always add more, right up to the last second. In fact they can add amendments the public, and even some committee members, have never seen.

We are going to go way out on a limb here and predict that if the bill is amended, it will still not be something gun owners will accept. Let’s face it, the Democrats despise gun owners and they have the votes to do what they want.

At this point there is NO reason to believe the House Republicans under  Christine Drazan will step up and stop the bill. The Democrats greatly outnumber the Republicans, so the only way the House Republicans can stop it is to walk out, which did not happen when the bill was in the Senate. But early in the session the House Republicans willingly gave up any leverage they had when they agreed to be on the floor for a vote on rules that would fine them if they walked out. How they could allow that is anyone’s guess.

If the bill is amended it will have to go back to the Senate for concurrence.

There are a few possibilities if the bill does have to go back to the Senate.

First, the Senate Republicans can roll over and agree to whatever the Democrats have put in the bill… and the bill will pass.

Second the Republicans can put on another absurd dog and any pony show like they did the first time SB 554 was in their chamber and pretend to fight the bill… and the bill will pass.

Last, the Republicans can do the right thing and walk out, denying the Democrats the quorum they need to pass the bill.  Given the past cowardly behavior of the Senate Republican “leader” and the 5 sell out Republican followers who passed the first version of the bill, this is highly unlikely.

Anything can happen in Salem and nothing is over till the last gavel falls. So keeping up the pressure is essential. Both the House and Senate Republican “leaders” need to keep hearing from you.

The worst case scenario of course is the Democrats get everything they want. A ban on guns in countless places and a requirement that the guns you have be locked up.
We think it wise that you prepare for the worst while we keep doing everything we can to prevent it.

While few things are certain in life, one thing is. Portland, like many other places, is going to continue to burn.  The rioters are not going to be stopped and the people in power are going to continue to protect them.  We are heading for a very dangerous summer. The Democrats will be doing all they can to make sure you and your family are defenseless in the face of the thugs they align themselves with.

Make sure you have made whatever preparations you deem wise to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

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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Go To The Library Go To Jail Bill Moving

Oregon House Now Moving Bill To Make Gun Owners Felons.

 

04.19.2021

Earlier today we told you that HB 2510 had been held over until next Monday.

The Oregon House has just announced that on Wednesday it will be holding a public hearing on SB 554.

The hearing will be in the House Rules Committee. That committee is run by anti-rights extremist Barbara Smith Warner.

554 will make Concealed Handgun License holders FELONS if they stray too close to any public building that has been declared off limits by whoever controls that building.

The bill also doubles the cost of a concealed handgun license. 

This  link:  https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2021R1/Committees/HRULES/2021-04-21-13-00/Agenda  will provide info on viewing the hearing , submitting testimony, and “attempting” to testify “live remotely.” Note, these links often fail. If that link is broken try this link: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2021R1/Testimony/HRULES?meetingDate=2021-04-21-13-00 
We have no control over the legislative website but that link should at least allow you to upload written testimony.

While we encourage the submission of testimony and making an attempt to testify to the committee itself, history has shown that these remote hearings are typically train wrecks where pro-gun testimony is often shut out.

(See also this video. https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/citizen_engagement/Pages/How-to-Testify.aspx )

We encourage you to continue to contact the House Republican Leader who is also on the committee that will be hearing this bill.

Remember, if the Democrats are determined to pass this bill as a goodbye present to Ginny Burdick, they have the votes.  The Republicans can only stop them by refusing to cooperate.

 

 

House Republican Leader Christine Drazan

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1400
Email the House Republican Leader: rep.christinedrazan@oregonlegislature.gov 

 

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Lock Up Your Guns Bill Delayed Again

04.19.2021

HB 2510, the bill to hold you accountable for crimes committed with guns stolen from you, was NOT heard on the House floor today. It was held over again until next Monday.

(This bill would also require that your guns be locked away and useless.)

This is good news and bad news.

Every day the bill is delayed is another day for the Republicans to step up, grow a spine, and stop this madness.  That’s the good news.

The bad news is we have no reason to believe the bill is being delayed for any reason other than to make it worse.

The Democrats behind this bill live and breathe to attack law abiding gun owners so this bill will not die quietly.

HB 2510 is awaiting action in the House, but so is SB 554. So the future of both bills is in the hands of the House members.

554 would make gun owners felons if they were NEAR a public building with a firearm, even while in possession of a concealed handgun license.  So it’s possible the House Democrats are trying to combine the measures. Or they may just be biding their time. Or they may be hearing from so many angry voters that they are reconsidering. We think that’s the least likely option. Senator Ginny Burdick, Oregon’s premier, pathological gun grabber was just given a cushy payoff, so she will not be completing her term, but she will not be leaving before the end of the session. The Democrats believe they “owe” her the passage of more damaging gun restrictions , so there is no reason to relax.

No matter what, the bill did NOT get a floor session today so it did not pass…today.

That means we have another few days to contact House Republican Leader Christine Drazan and remind her that your gun rights are not negotiable.

The Republicans have caved on the requirement to read the bills. In exchange they got a “seat at the table” for redistricting. The fight over redistricting is really an effort for incumbents to save their seats.

If Republicans save their seats so they can continue to pass Democrat legislation, we do not win.

Please contact Drazan and tell her we expect her to do what she was hired do to, protect our rights.

Representative Christine Drazan

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

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The House of Cards Is Crumbling


The House of Cards Is Crumbling

04.16.2021 

With the Oregon Senate a lost cause due to the cowardly actions of half the Republican Senators, the Oregon House Republicans have now followed suit.

As you may know, the House Republicans had been slowing the pace of the leftist thugs by requiring that each bill be read in its entirety before being voted on. That has all changed.

The House Republicans have capitulated and given up any effort to slow down the pace of the destruction and are no longer demanding that the bills be read before they are voted on.  As House Rep Mike Nearman said, “Fasten your chinstraps,the speed of legislation is going to get fast and the tone of the legislation is going to make a hard turn left.”

Here is what the Republicans got in exchange for handing the Democrats the keys to the car and the liquor cabinet and 100 bucks in cash…

Now the Republicans will get “equality” on the House Committee that handles redistricting. (Or is it equity?)

Republicans in both Houses have been using redistricting as an excuse to continue selling Oregonians down the river. The claim has been that if they walked out, they could not influence the redistricting process. That was laughable on a number of levels.

First of all, walk outs are never intended to last forever. They last until your demands are met.

Second, the Republicans have nothing to say about anything. Period. If the Democrats want it, the Democrats get it. The Republicans can only get what they ask for if they are asking for something the Democrats want.

But now, the House Republicans bargained away your rights for the illusion that having equal membership on the committee means anything.  For one thing, it has no effect on the Senate Redistricting committee. Furthermore, now all the Democrats have to do is refuse to agree to anything the Republicans wanted (which they would have done anyway) and stall the process long enough for leftist radical, Shemia Fagan, (our ultra activist Secretary of State) to take over the process. Which was the plan all along.

The Republicans threw in the towel as soon as they got what they thought would be cover.

Now, HB 2510, the bill to force you to be defenseless in the face of criminal attacks, AND be responsible for guns stolen from you will be the first thing on the agenda Monday.

The bill was carried over from April 12th so the Republicans would not have to fold so soon after another humiliating defeat.

As you know, if a bill gets to the floor, it WILL pass. The exceptions are so rare as to be meaningless.

This means the Republicans KNOW, that barring divine intervention, HB 2510 is going to pass Monday. And all the theatrics the Republicans have planned will be nothing more than another side show for the unwashed masses.

Meanwhile, the Republicans in both Houses keep shoveling their usual load of horse manure that they are “doing all they can” to stop these bills, when they refuse to do the only thing that actually can stop them and that’s to walk out.

The Senate (with the help of six Republicans) has already passed SB 554 and that bill is now awaiting action on the House side. The House will vote on Monday on HB 2510, and if all goes according to plan most of your gun rights will soon be gone.

As you may know, in reaction to this disgraceful behavior, a recall campaign has been filed against Senate Republican “leader” Fred Girod.  Girod is on record in numerous places saying he “doesn’t care” about the recall. (This, in spite of the fact that the recall is being run by conservatives, the very people who elected Girod.)

We have had numerous reports of people contacting Girod’s office to object to his sell outs only to be rudely told by Girod’s staff that they “don’t matter.”

While there is an official recall underway, others who appear to have no connection to the official recall are expressing their outrage with signage calling for Girod’s ouster.


The website on their sign was not active when we first were made aware of it, but  clearly other people are independently fed up.

Interestingly, this effort has been mocked by House Rep Bill Post, and Dru Draper.


Bill Post is a Republican who has courted gun owners for years and regularly asked OFF’s PAC for donations.  Dru Draper is the flack who is responsible for the endless stream of fundraising pitches the Senate Republicans have been sending since they began their sell outs.  Apparently, they think people who are upset with Girod (and other turn coat Republicans) are “clowns.”

It now appears that the sellout is nearly complete. While both SB 554 and HB 2510 still have a way to go to become law, it’s clear that the Republican leadership and most Republican legislators are committed to let that happen.

We fully support the recall of Fred Girod. We believe strongly that this kind of duplicity and cowardice cannot be rewarded. Girod came to us and asked for help when the election was underway. And we helped. That was your money he took and your votes he got so he could kick gun owners in the teeth.

Recalls are expensive. But in this case, we strongly believe there is no other option.

If you agree, we’d love your help. Donations to our PAC will go to the recall campaign.  Thank you.

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

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Hansell

It’s really hard to say if this man is actually this stupid or if he is just a raving coward. He could be both.

In this article, this fraud says the Senators who had the courage to protect our rights by walking out on the vote for 554 “ran and hid.”

This, on a bill that had NO chance of defeat in spite of the clownish theater created by Hansell and the 5 other sell outs who helped the Democrats pass this bill by providing a quorum.

Hansell regurgitates the absurd nonsense that the people don’t like walk outs. He ignores the reality that, with only one exception, every single legislator who walked out was re-elected if they were up for election and the duplicitous Republicans GAINED seats after the last walk out. And the one Republican who did NOT get re-elected would not have gotten re-elected under any circumstances.

Hansell repeats the garbage that they could not walk out and protect your rights because the bill “would still be there.” Ok here is a clue Bill, since you clearly lack the intellect to figure this stuff out yourself, walk outs are tools used to negotiate. Exactly like they were when your caucus had a real leader and not the gelding Girod. Your walk out negotiates the bill away. It does not “stay there.” This is beyond brainless.

Hansell is quoted in this story as follows:

When Oregon State Sen. Bill Hansell told a colleague he was planning to show up to work on March 25, he received a firm warning.

“His immediate words to me were, ‘Bill, you’ll be crucified,’” the Athena Republican said.

This is very interesting. One the day of the vote, Senate President Peter Courtney had an unfortunate open mike moment and was heard saying “I saw Hansell out there, they’re going to get crushed.”

When we reported that (with the audio) Hansell and Courtney stepped all over themselves attacking us and insisting that Courtney was talking about Hansell’s favorite sports team. Nice try Bill.

5 Republican Senators and one independent refused to contribute to the sideshow that Hansell and his fellow travelers produced to help the Democrats put law abiding gun owners in prison. Now this disgraceful , greedy, coward has the nerve to say they “ran and hid.”

Give it up Hansell. The people know you’re a fraud.

https://www.eastoregonian.com/townnews/politics/sen-bill-hansell-among-republicans-facing-backlash-for-showing-up-during-gun-bill-proposal/article_eb77ef6e-995d-11eb-958a-3bb1efa6355a.html

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Brian Boquist Post


NOTE. This is a republished email from Senator Brian Boquist from April 8 2021.  We cut and pasted it into  webpage on our site because Boquist does not make these newsletters available on any website and so there is no practical way to share the on social media and keep the embedded links.

Boquist did not provide permission for us to repost this but we believe he will not object to our sharing it.  It has not been edited in any way.

Readers:

Welcome to this week’s alternative clips prepared by other Oregonians.  As usual, you can unsubscribe below at your convenience.

The Oregon State Senate this week brought out the fact it is not really divided by so-called political parties: the Democratic Party of Oregon or Oregon Republican Party.  While voters for the most part will only elect a Democrat or Republican, the fact remains most legislators have little to do with their own so-called political parties.  Being a registered Republican (House or Senate) does not mean that legislator believes in republican values, as they may be a neocon big government socialist as example.  There is not less than three sides within the legislature of registered Republican legislators in my observations.  Being a registered Democrat (House or Senate) does not mean that legislator believes in democrat values, as they may espouse communism or fascist socialism instead of JFK ideals in my observations as example.  There are at least two sides inside the Senate Democrat Caucusto my knowledge.  There are really very few republican Republicans or democrat Democrats in the Oregon State Senate in my experience.  Bills this week may provide some insight to the readers for consideration.

SJM 5 is a memorial letter to Congress, which they never read, demanding Congress enact nationwide carbon taxes of some sort to stop climate change.  Multiple Republicans were enthusiastic about making this a federal issue.  One Legislator on the Floor claimed a long-gone legislator of another party was supportive but that is not accurate as I know personally.  SJM 5 passed with registered Democrat and registered Republican votes.

SB 513 sponsored by the Republican caucus leader, with strong Democrat leadership support, requires the state bureaucrats to prepare a curriculum on civics then every school district is required to have its teachers indoctrinate students.  Or an alternative is the urban liberal school districts will prepare their curriculum in opposition to the rural conservative school district curriculum.  Think every reader can see the pros and cons, career government bureaucrats defining civics, revisionist history impacts, union involvement, urban verses rural, yet the bill is supposed to solve the uncivility that exists today.  The bill is purely an ‘establishment’ bill for status quo not a real solution.  There was lots of kumbaya in this regard.

SB 513 has a side note.  The Senate Democrat Caucus leader co-sponsored this civics bill plus spoke on the Floor in support of Senator Girod the Chief Sponsor.  The Democrat Leader’s civics Op-ed in the Portland Tribune is a perfect display of establishment civics on both major party side.  There certainly are some similarities between the two majority party caucus leaders as half the Senate Republicans continue to vote to suspend the Oregon Constitution every Floor Session in lock-step with the Democrats.  Oh and both these establishment caucus leaders chair prime committees for Senate Democrat President Courtney.  Wow!

SB 296 regarding the Chief Justice suspending the law in any emergency passed with Republican votes as well.  In short, habeas corpus can be suspended but the issue is complex.  The need expressed to manage court proceedings in an emergency as expressed by the Chief Justice is critical but the solution is more than problematic.  You can see my SB 296 Vote Explanation for details. 

Then today there was SCR-17 a non-binding resolution with zero weight of any law put forth apparently for pure virtue signaling to cover political posturers. If it was meant to be action for environmental justice than a bill enacting statutes or funding programs for all would have been used not a non-binding statement in the form of a resolution.  Portland’s registered Democrat elected officials have faced anti-establishment protesters from their side of the political spectrum for a year who want results after decades of Democrat failures not non-binding written political statements.  I will not be party to any masquerades as the truth matters. 

Sometimes bills are so complex or strange when I vote ‘No,’ I have a vote explanation placed in the Senate records as many times these type bills end up in court:  SB 204 City Auditor Access to LEDS vote explanation, SB 759 Separation of Powers Vote Explanation, and SB 175 AG Address HidingVote Explanation are examples.  Interesting to me all these bills got registered Republican Senator support while SB 759 and SB 175 protect the Attorney General who approves of arresting Republican State Senators with physical force for political purposes, with no due process, and outside the judicial process in direct violation of the Oregon Constitution.  Must be Stockholm Syndrome?  Yep, the establishment is in charge in Salem not political parties.  Government serves government not the People!

Back to the establishment in Salem with a final point.  The establishment contains both Democrats and Republican registered Legislators more concerned with the status quo and re-election than serving their own Districts.  But it is up to the citizens in those Districts to hold their elected officials accountable.  I understand one Republican State Senator is under recall petition now. The cooperation amongst the establishment was displayed in bills above, and procedural Calls of the Senate this week to ensure they keep themselves in power.  It is time for change.

Below are this week’s alternative clips prepared by other Oregonians:

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Title: Vaccine passports are discriminatory

Legislature

In an ironic twist, Senate Majority Leader Rob Wagner (D-Lake Oswego) wrote a hit-piece on Senator Dallas Heard (R-Roseburg), while simultaneously co-sponsoring SB 513, a bill that “Requires student to demonstrate proficiency in civics in order to receive high school diploma”. Civics courses have traditionally given attention to the rights and duties of citizens and how government works.

In describing civics courses, this article says, “What good is a government of the people, for the people, and by the people if the people have no idea of what their role as citizens entails or their civic rights as citizens.”

That civics education is greatly lacking in Oregon has been made abundantly clear by the bewildering success of Democrats’ message that Republicans “aren’t doing their jobs” by denying quorum.

Oregonians do not know that the 60 delegates chosen by the people to write the Oregon Constitution in 1857 put the 2/3 quorum requirement in the Constitution for a reason: To protect the minority from the rule of the majority. Republicans in the House and Senate have used denying quorum as a tool to defend hard-working Oregonians from government overreach. Denial of quorum forces both parties to connect in conversation. Super majority rule presents consequential impacts for all Oregonians because Democrats have no incentive to make concessions.

On the issue of cap and trade, a bill that put Portland’s carbon emissions problem on the backs of working Oregonians, was killed by Republicans and incredible grassroots involvement twice, only for it to be passed by Gov. Kate Brown’s dictatorial executive order. Cap and trade is back this session with HB 2021.

To deny quorum or not is highly contentious and Senate Republican Leader Fred Girod (R-Stayton) is facing a recall on the issue.

Read here: the Oregon Senate Housing & Development committee will be hearing SB 852 on Thursday which strips away mortgage interest deductions for secondary property.

Read here: In the Senate Judiciary committee, SB 191 is expected to reduce the voter-approved prison time for rapists, child molesters, attempted murderers and people who use firearms to injure others. One woman shared her tragic story; read the transcript here.

Oregon lawmakers close in on new police oversight laws: “The Oregon Legislature inched closer Monday to implementing a sweeping set of laws that would loosen the grip police unions have on oversight and discipline in the state. Senate Bill 621 eliminates the requirement for cities to collectively bargain with police unions if they wish to implement a voter-approved oversight board with authority to discipline officers. The bill is the first in a series of three that Senate Democrats hope to pass tackling police accountability.”

After proposed 2,800% tax on beer and wine stalls, Oregon lawmakers consider new alcohol price hikes: “Now, Oregon Recovers wants the state to set up a task force to figure out how to reduce alcohol consumption by 15% by increasing alcohol costs.” Increased alcohol costs goes into the states coffers and Oregon is doing markedly well, despite the COVID-19 government-mandated shutdowns.

COVID-19

Since we live in a world constantly on the verge of another lockdown, on April 6, Gov. Kate Brown decided to move multiple Oregon counties into the COVID-19 “high risk” category on April 9. From KATU: “Multnomah, Clackamas, Deschutes, Klamath, Linn and Tillamook counties all shifted to the High Risk category, which means indoor dining capacities at restaurants would drop from 50% to 25%. Additionally, outdoor capacities will be dropped from 150 to 75 people.”

Sandy Mayor had some things to say about how the data in Clackamas County does not reflect the need to enter the “high risk” category.

Last week this newsletter included news stories about how the focus for COVID-19 vaccination has shifted to children as some Big Pharma companies are testing the vaccination on children as young as 6 months. The narrative has continued to shift in Oregon. For example, the media is now reporting on an increase in COVID-19 cases in kids ages 10-19This was never a topic of discussion before. Remember when the government ripped away routines from these children and proceeded to leave them in isolation for a year?  YouTube purged a video with a panel of doctors and the governor of Florida. The topic? Kids do not need to wear masks. From the article: “…When the CDC and WHO began to contradict themselves on many issues, among which included immunities and their source, YouTube took a different direction, curating the “science” themselves and deleting any video that its employees didn’t like.”

This isn’t about being “pro” or “anti” vaccine. The root of the issue here is following the science, we know children are not the primary drivers of COVID-19 transmission and pose very little risk of catching or spreading the virus. Why are grown adults pushing the vaccination on people who do not need it? It should absolutely alarm all Oregonians (with or without kids of their own) that the message has shifted to focus on children.

Don’t forget, just last week OPB reported: “Gov. Kate Brown’s office announced Friday morning that frontline workers, as defined by the CDC, and all adults 16 and older with underlying health conditions will be eligible for vaccine appointments starting April 5.”

According to the Oregon State Bar, “In the United States, the age of majority, except for purposes of federal law, is set by the states. In Oregon, it is 18, although legal emancipation by the court, which here can take place at age 16, automatically confers the status of majority.”

The state needs to clarify how it is legally classifying 16-year-olds as adults.

The state-run media is continuing the focus on COVID-19 variants. As of March 30, COVID-19 variants B.1.427 and B.1.429, classified as “variants of concern” by the CDC, have allegedly been circulating in Oregon since late 2020 and had not been previously reportable. RED FLAG! How is it possible that the state knew about “variants” but was unable to report on them? The variant is convenient now because it is a way to maintain controlthrough fear.

States like Florida and Texas completely undermine the COVID-19 government overreach because these states have “compiled an incontrovertible record that proves how intellectually wrong, substantively disastrous, and politically malevolent those directives were and are.” One week after ending the statewide mask mandate, Texas’ case numbers are slightly lower. Granted, time will tell a story on this, but in Michigan, a state like Oregon with some of the strictest lockdown policies, of the twelve worst-hit communities in the U.S. over the past two weeks, ten are in Michigan. Of the 17 communities in the U.S. where cases are rising fastest, 15 are in Michigan.

  • 246 fully vaccinated people got COVID-19 in Michigan and 3 of them died.
  • Oregon Health Authority is now reporting breakthrough cases in Oregon. From this article: “Of the more than 700,000 Oregonians who are now fully vaccinated, health officials identified only 168 breakthrough cases as of April 2.”

One reader brought up questions about the COVID-19 vaccination and if people should get it if already having had SARS-CoV-2. This articlerecommends that, yes, individuals should still get the vaccine. In the case of measles, the CDC says it “isn’t harmful” to get the MMR vaccine after having measles. This article compares the 3 COVID vaccines being used in America.

Speaking of vaccines, the concept of a discriminatory vaccine passport is facing opposition. Some states are against the idea, but the nerve-wracking thing about this is the concept seems entirely dependent on the whims of individual governors. Maybe Florida is against vaccine passports today, but what about the next governor?

Vaccine passports are discriminatory. The concept tosses HIPAA and medical privacy out the window and would create “tiers” of citizens.

From this article: “Here are the questions we should be asking the people in charge of rolling this program out. Why do we need these if the vaccines work? The point of the vaccine is to protect us from the virus when we’re out in the world and it turns out — they’re working!… Why are people so invested in controlling whether or not everyone around them has the vaccine if this is the case? Get your vaccine, stop asking everyone else if they got theirs — it’s none of your business — and get on with your life.”

Don’t forget, the Left wants voting for all without proof of an ID, even going so far as to pressure MLB to move its all-star game from Atlanta to Colorado (a state that does have voter ID laws – kind of ironic, isn’t it?). On the other hand, the Left wants to require all Americans to show proof of vaccination for COVID-19, an illness with an over 99% survival rate.

If the horrific government and big tech overreach continues in the form of “vaxports”, what’s the limiting principle here that will confine these to covid-19 vaccinations? We saw this summer that “public health” can be used to justify allowing massive marches and we often hear that dissident speech causes harm. What’s to prevent “anti-hate passports”?

Last, a pastor in Canada stopped police from shutting down Good Friday worship services. More bravery like this. A different pastor in Alberta, Canada was imprisoned for more than a month after holding church services in defiance of Alberta’s Public Health Act, and the church was raided at dawn on Wednesday and shut down by government order.

Other

Another reason to pursue “homeschool pods” in this state: Oregon education officials are promoting a left-wing “social justice” training program for high school students, prompting pushback from parent groups who want ideology out of the classroom. Read the email for yourself.

One reader shared an excellent YouTube documentary called “Seattle is Dying”. Two years old now and before the government-mandated lockdowns that destroyed the livelihoods of Americans across the country, it profiles the homelessness problem in Seattle and provides clear solutions at the end.

Another reader is working in his community of Grant County to bring back in person voting.

Violence

New data from Portland Police (via Morgan Romero) show an explosion of homicides in 2021 which can be attributed to Portland liberal politicians defund police and cutting 100 positions.

The violence continues. On April 3, Portland Police said a group of about 40 people gathered outside the Portland Police Association headquarters and lit fires.

Journalist and antifa target, Andy Ngô told Fox News that Antifa had a huge “membership explosion” after 2016 “because they had the narrative support of the mainstream media with its daily commentary about fascism in America and how Trump was a Hitler-like figure.” He also said: “These extremist, radical, unfounded ideas were given space to propagate in our papers of legacy, in our homes and… through broadcast and radio, and of course to online news sites,” Ngô said. “That helped to really radicalize the left, in my opinion.”

In an interview with a Left-wing state-run media channel, Gov. Brown expressed sympathy for antifa gunman Michael Reinoehl and blamed the Trump Admin for her failure to stop the nightly violence. Reinoehl killed an innocent man and was later shot by police. Recent news articles have come out to change the narrative surrounding Reinoehl.

Indiana man charged with attempted murder of Portland Police officers to be extradited to Oregon: The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office on Monday announced a 28-count indictment against 24-year-old Malik Muhammed of Indianapolis. Prosecutors allege Muhammed traveled from Indiana to Portland in September 2020 “for the specific purpose of engaging in multiple criminal acts.”

Sickening: Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said the group is mourning its “brother” who died assaulting Capitol cops last week — saying the man who murdered a law enforcement officer could have been a future “star” for the movement.

National

Been saying this for months: If corporations want to go “woke”, they need to be prepared to go broke. Vote with your wallet and limit purchases or stop buying from companies that are determined to undermine the United States.

Along the same lines, this article is long, but a must read. An excerpt here: “Corporate executives, not legislatures, governors, or presidents are the ones who decide what happens to the trillions of dollars created jointly by the Federal Reserve and Wall Street. They are the ones who regulate speech and attitudes, who for the most part decide who rises and who does not. And they are the part of the oligarchy most insulated from republican institutions.”

Continuing in the above article: “Once a majority of Americans understand that Google, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, the Times, and Gannett are partisan instruments—that they use lies, censorship, and insults to subjugate us to a form of oligarchical totalitarianism—a substantial portion of their customers will begin to patronize alternatives, and their power over information will cease.”

  • DELETE Facebook, Instagram too (they are owned by Facebook) and Twitter accounts off of smartphones at the very least. Delete your accounts all together if possible. Download your data first.
  • Consider purchasing word searches or crossword puzzles and leave them around your home. Every time you go to grab your phone to scroll through a (now-deleted) app, pick up a word search instead. It’s better for your brain and doesn’t give away your data for free.
  • Look around at the life you have created for yourself – the media and garbage online doesn’t touch that. Soak it up and live in it.
  • Duck Duck Go instead of Google as a search engine.
  • Gannett owns the Statesman Journal, USA Today and a number of other state-run media publications.
  • The New York Times is a blatant mouthpiece for the totalitarian Left.
  • Amazon is banning books, today’s modern-day book burning. Limit your purchasing with the online giant or stop purchasing there all together. Americans still have power with their wallets.

Another example of how the state-run media serves a destructive purpose: CBS and 60 Minutes invented a scandal to attack both Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Publix grocery stores, a DeSantis donor, over COVID vaccines. 60 Minutes selectively edited Governor DeSantis during an ambush interview to make something innocent look like a scandal. Watch this interview to see the selective editing.

People are actually paying thousands of dollars to be told how they are “racist” over dinner.

2 Men on Terror Watchlist Caught Crossing Southern Border: Two men from Yemen were apprehended and found to be on the FBI’s terrorism watchlist after illegally crossing the southern border in January and March, Customs and Border Protection announced Monday.

On Tuesday, United Airlines—the only major U.S. airline with its own flight school, United Aviate Academy—announced its plan to train 5,000 new pilots by 2030. The airline wants at least half of the pilots to be women and people of color. Meaning: the focus will be on how a pilot LOOKS, rather than their ability TO DO THE JOB.

Joe Biden won’t have U.S. boycott 2022 Olympics despite China’s genocide, forced abortions

What can you do? The little things matter!

  • If you pray, PRAY: The Bible in a Year podcast is a great way to connect with other Americans seeking truth in the chaos. You are not alone.
  • KINDNESS: Make the extra effort to smile (if possible) and say hello to strangers. Hellos, simple conversations, eye contact… these are small things, but they make a difference and are reminders of our shared humanity. Kindness makes us strong.
  • EDUCATION: Read about American history and your rights. Education is the best investment you can make in yourself; no one can ever take it from you. Check out the 1776 Commission about American history without the damaging and inaccurate critical race theory rhetoric.
  • READ and LISTEN: Listen to this and this. Buy your favorite books from local stores and Barnes & Noble while you still can. Consider purchasing DVDs and CDs because it is only a matter of time before the content we love is “disappeared”.
  • PUT THE PHONE DOWN: Do what you can to stay off of Twitter, Facebook and Google, as they censor conservative voices while promoting the leftist agenda.

Recommended listening: Chicken Fried (the song starts at 1:11) by Zac Brown Band (fittingly from Atlanta, Georgia), released in 2008. One of the verses is:

“I thank god for my life And for the stars and stripes May freedom forever fly, let it ring. Salute the ones who died The ones that give their lives so we don’t have to sacrifice All the things we love Like our chicken fried”

Patriotism is defined as “love for or devotion to one’s country”. The above verse is a classic way to view patriotism; one that many Americans used to connect with. How has showing patriotism for America changed in the last 5 years? How do you express patriotism today? Do you think it is important to have patriotic sentiments?

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There is lots to ponder this week as you consider the clips by other Oregonians along with your own news sources.  Having just finished a hearing on fire and ice damage in Western Oregon let me remind you all to get your family and neighbors prepared for future emergencies of all kinds.  And your best defense against getting sick is taking care of your own health and fitness.

Remember you can follow the votes on bills on OLIS by clicking the date, then click third readings, then click the bill itself, then scroll down to measure history for how Legislators voted in the work session and on the Floor.  You can look at vote explanations on OLIS as well.  Then regardless of ideology contact your Legislators to express your opinion on legislative matters.

Again, you can unsubscribe below if you so choose.

Sincerely,

Brian Boquist

Oregon State Senator


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Lock Up Your Guns And Still Be Liable Bill Moves Forward

04.01.2021

Gun Theft Victim Liability Bill Advances.

                                                                               Fred Girod

 

HB 2510, which will hold gun owners liable for crimes committed with firearms stolen from them, received a “second reading” today and is now scheduled for a “third reading” tomorrow on the House floor.

“Third reading” is the term used for that part of the process where a bill is actually voted on, on the floor of the House or Senate.

While it is scheduled for a vote tomorrow, that is unlikely.  The House Republicans have slowed down the process of ramming through legislation by requiring that all bills be read in their entirety before being voted on, a process usually waived with consent of the legislators.

As a result, progress on voting on bills has slowed tremendously in the House. And this is a good thing.  So unless something really out of the ordinary happens, the bill will not receive a vote tomorrow, but because it has been scheduled, it will receive a vote at some point.

Given the Democrats supermajority in the House, there is no question the bill will pass.

In addition to holding theft victims liable for the crimes committed with guns stolen from them, the bill requires that your self defense firearms be kept locked up and useless.

The Oregon Democrats have chosen an interesting time to make sure you are defenseless. Violent crime is surging to terrifying highs and the police admit they can’t handle it.

Make no mistake, none of this is an accident.

Once the bill passes in the House, it will go to the Senate where the Senate Republican “leader” has vowed not to walk out to stop this madness.

He and the five other Republicans who stayed behind on the Senate floor, to assure that SB 554 (go to the library go to prison) would pass, insist it would “look bad” for them to walk out, in some cases actually citing Democrats disapproval of a walk out.

It seems like we should not have to point out that Democrats did not elect them, or in almost every case, reelect them, after the last walkout which successfully killed dangerous legislation in the last session. They are also claiming that it would be “impractical” to walk out now when there is so much time left in the session.  This is particularly inane since they did not walk out for the entire session last time, only until their demands were met.(Senator Tim Knopp, who has made a career of staying behind to help the Democrats when others walked out, actually excused his betrayal of gun owners by telling one voter “Independents and Democrats oppose walkouts by 2/3rds or more.”

So the Republicans who refuse to leave, and thereby guarantee passage of extreme anti-gun bills, are now in the business of making excuses instead of protecting your rights.

In emails to voters who question them about their refusal to stand up, they dismiss voters concerns by telling them that they can always spend their own money and time and take the chance that they could repeal these bills by costly ballot measure. They also say “hey we voted against that bill” and ignore that fact that just by being on the floor they guaranteed passage.

While the slow down in place in the House is helping, it is highly unlikely that it will kill any legislation that the Democrats are determined to pass. So the House’s refusal to walk out is every bit as dangerous as the refusal by some Senate Republicans. But at least the House is slowing things down.

On the Senate side, not only are they speeding bills along, but Senate Republican “leader” Fred Girod has actually made motions on the floor himself to speed the process up.

You can still  let the Oregon Republicans know how you feel about their complicity in this outrage by using this link: https://freeroots.com/go/stop-the-attack-on-gun-rights

It’s true that many legislators are now not even looking at your emails so if you prefer to call you can reach the voice mailboxes of House Leader Christine Drazan here 503-986-1439 and Senate Republican Leader Girod here 503-986-1709. 

Some folks have received messages back from Girod saying their email was “deleted unread” so a phone call may be a better bet.

The six Republican Senators who sold out gun owners on the vote on SB 554 are listed in this alert. They are all working overtime to cover their tracks, but the fact remains, they came to the floor knowing the bill would pass no matter how they voted, and now they want you to fix the mess they made.

If the majority of the Republican House members also refuse to walk, gun owners will have very little left at the end of this session.

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MORE GUN GRABS MOVING

THE FUTURE ACCORDING TO DEMOCRATS

 

 

03.30.2021

Today the House held “work sessions” on two anti-gun bills.

The House Judiciary “worked” HB 2543, the bill that will allow the State Police to deny a firearm’s purchase forever with no justification. That’s “forever” with an “F”.

The House “Health” Committee  “worked” HB 2510. This is the bill that will hold gun owners “strictly liable” for crimes committed by the criminals who Oregon continues to release without punishment, using guns they stole from the law abiding.

Under 2510, even if a gun owner locks up a gun, if it’s stolen, the victim is responsible if the thief kills someone.

It’s hard for rational people to make sense of this. But that’s the way Oregon rolls in 2021.

Without explanation. the Democrat Chair of the House Judiciary Committee moved HB 2543 to the Rules Committee “without recommendation.”

The Rules committee does not have the deadlines most other committees have. That means that this bill can be safely kept alive until the very end of the session.

The Democrats have the votes to pass this bill so it’s not clear why they are waiting, but there is no reason to consider this good news.

House Bill 2510 was passed out of committee to the House Floor where it faces certain passage if the House Republicans continue to cooperate with the majority party in these endless attacks on rights, safety, and common sense.

The Oregon Senate, with the pathetic compliance of six Republican Senators, has already passed SB 554 which will make Oregon concealed handgun license holders felons should they go NEAR the public buildings they pay for.

HB 2510 will help ensure that Oregonians will be placed in great jeopardy should they attempt to comply with the Senate Bill 554.

You see, the Senate bill will require that gun owners park far from any government building and lock their self defense guns in their cars. (People without cars are screwed the minute they leave the house.) If a person does comply and lock her gun in a vehicle, and one of Oregon’s many unpunished criminals steals it, the gun owner is responsible for whatever crimes are committed with that gun.

For those of you who are lucky enough to live in parts of the state far from the hellholes of Portland and Salem who might think the thugs who rule the streets have quieted down, think again.

This insanity took place at the State Capitol, this Sunday. Yes, the Capitol has been closed for months and yes there is no one there on Sunday anyway, but the animals still took over and of course, one person trying to protect himself was disarmed by the police who stood by while innocent people were attacked.

We want to thank the six Senators who refused to be part of the sellout on SB 554 by not showing up on the Senate floor for a vote on the bill.

They were:

Senator Kim Thatcher

Senator Art Robinson

Senator Chuck Thomsen

Senator Brian Boquist

Senator Dennis Linthicum and

Senator Dallas Heard

The other six took gun owner’s money, sold them out and now are using their sell out to make excuses and raise more money for themselves.

The Republican House members surrendered before the battle even began by agreeing to vote on rules that would fine them if they walked out. While they can claim they voted “no,” they did so knowing those votes would not make a damn bit of difference and they would lose.  What thinking person shows up to agree to be neutered escapes us. But that will have to be taken up with House Republican “leader” Christine Drazan.

Senate Bill 554 had its first action on the House side today where it was “first read”. This is the first step in setting the bill up for a vote.  If the bill passes on the House side without any changes it will soon be law.

Should the House make any changes it will need to go back to the Senate where, unless there is a change in “leadership” among the Republicans, it will pass again and then become law.

At this time there is no indication that anything will be stopped on the House side either because the House Republicans have showed no willingness to walk out.

Anything can change at anytime. But as of right now, there seems to be no chance that there will be any effort on the part of Republican legislators, (with the exception of the ones listed above) to take steps to protect your rights.

But at least some brave elected officials are willing. 

Yamhill County recently moved a Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance. We commend them for refusing to be slapped around by the apologists for lawless thugs.

This piece by KGW was clearly intended to attack the ordinance and the commissioners who passed it, but really backfired on the sock puppet delivering it when their own legal expert explained that it would not be so easy to challenge it.

Our deep gratitude goes out to County Commissioners Lindsay Berschauer and Mary Starrett for having the courage to do what so many Republican Legislators would not. (Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulia [kullac@co.yamhill.or.us]voted against protecting gun owner’s rights.)

The fight is far from over.  There is still time for the legislators, who gladly took your money to get elected, to stand up. But every passing day makes the fight for our rights to defend our families harder.

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This Train Wreck Was Planned.


This Train Wreck Was Planned.
03.27.2021

 

As you know, this past Thursday, the Oregon Senate passed SB 554. 

SB 554 was a direct attack on persons with Oregon Concealed Handgun Licenses. This assault was based on nothing except the Democrat’s blind hatred for gun owners.

Under this bill, persons with concealed handgun licenses will face 5 years in prison for being near a public building with a licensed firearm.

(During the floor session, the proponents of this bill repeatedly misrepresented this fact.)

The Democrats gave no examples of CHL holders in Oregon shooting up libraries or bus shelters. This extreme attack on the rights, and even the freedom of Oregon’s most law abiding citizens, was motivated by nothing more than the “feelings” of liberals whose mental stability is clearly in question.

At the beginning of the floor session, Oregon Firearms Federation was attacked by Republican Senator Bill Hansell for the headline of an email alert we put out the day before.

Here is that alert.  The headline, as anyone listening to the attached audio can see, is 100% accurate and true.

But, after Democrat Senate President Peter Courtney was heard on an open mic saying “I saw Hansell here, they’re gonna get crushed” just before the floor session where the Democrats crushed the Republicans on the SB 554 vote, Hansell came to the floor on Thursday to praise Courtney, discuss their relationship and insist that the comment referred to a sports team. 

As you can see in our headline, we never said who Courtney was referring to, so we think the ladies doth protest too much.

Hansell’s fawning lovefest with the Democrat leader was followed by  comments from Democrat Floyd Prozanski who said that our alert was the product of an organization and person (Director Kevin Starrett) who has a “history of misleading people.”

Just to set the record straight on that comment, Prozanski has accused us for years of misleading people. He once sent out a lengthy email claiming we doctored a photo of him to make him look foolish and posted it on our website.  As with everything else Prozanski said, this was a complete and total lie. In fact, Prozanski inadvertently demonstrated how deceitful he is by linking to the photo in question. The link was to a website that is not OFF’s and which OFF neither controlled nor had anything to do with.

At the time, we publicly offered Prozanski $10,000.00 dollars if he could demonstrate that one word of what we had reported was untrue. As you might expect, he never attempted to collect.

Prozanski suffers from his own demons that make him terrified of gun owners.  But for some reason he never stops working to make life easier for criminals.  What motivates his twisted agenda is not hard to speculate about, but people like Hansell have no excuse.

As we have reported, six Republican Senators were on the floor for the vote on SB 554. 5 Republican Senators, and one former Republican (Brian Boquist) were not.

We know, unequivocally, that most of the Senators who were not there, walked out to protest this bill.  The Republicans who were on the floor all voted “no.”  And this is where the sideshow begins.

We have repeatedly noted that the Republicans who were on the floor assisted in the passage of this bill.  Their “no” votes were immaterial, meaningless, theater.

Once that bill came to the floor, it was guaranteed to pass.

The Republicans knew that. Every single one of them. And any one of them that says differently is a liar or a fool.

The Democrats have complete dictatorial control over what passes and what does not. Period. That is the end of the story. Bills do not reach the floor of the Senate unless Senate President Courtney knows he has the votes to pass them.  You can research yourself and see how incredibly rarely a bill is voted down on the floor. And SB 554 was no different.

The six Republicans who showed up on the floor on Wednesday allowed the Democrats to schedule the bill for Thursday simply by showing up. Once the bill was on the floor for a vote, it was going to pass.

And by showing up on Thursday, and once again providing the Democrats a quorum, the six Republicans guaranteed passage of the bill and their “no” votes and comical and pointless procedural moves to slow it down meant nothing.  Every single objection they raised was trashed immediately by the majority as they knew it would be.

That was all a sideshow for the ever failing cameras so they could go back to the gun owners in their districts and boast about all they did to “protect gun rights.” In some cases the charade was a success. OFF received numerous emails saying we were wrong about the vote. Because they heard from these brave Republicans and by God, they voted “no!”

Of course they did. Because anyone who has spent more than 10 minutes in the Senate knows how these things go, and know a vote against a bill has no bearing on the outcome. (Ok maybe newly elected Dick Anderson doesn’t know anything, but we’re guessing someone clued him in.)

The Republicans had one option to kill this bill and prevent the Democrats from placing you at risk for prison time. And that was to walk out and deny quorum, a lawful, constitutional tactic that was used in the past to stop the Democrat’s radical and hate filled agenda.  They all knew that, and six Senators stayed away.  The others remained, gave a meaningless  “no” vote, assisted Democrats in their agenda …and then ginned up the spin machine.

Senator Tim Knopp told people who wrote to him that he took a “leadership role” in fighting the bill.  This is the same person who stayed behind to help the Democrats get a quorum when Republicans walked out last time and successfully killed these kinds of bills.  Then Knopp told people that he had been “asked to stay behind to monitor things.” Anyone who believes that should talk to the folks who were in charge during the successful walk out.

For a moment of entertainment, have a look at this video of Senator Lynn Findley “explaining” the important reasons he folded and let the Democrats screw gun owners.

Findley is assuming all the voters in his district are rubes who have no grasp on how things actually work.

After telling viewers what a big supporter of gun rights he is, he says there are “significant fines” associated with SB 554, somehow failing to mention the 5 years in prison part.

He then claims to have “made progress” on the bill and points out it has no emergency clause, which means it can be challenged “in the initiative process.”

He then shifts gears and talks about all the amendments and issues they planned to bring up to give the “opponents , if they choose to litigate, more ammunition in their litigation.”

It’s not clear if Findley is using the term “litigation” to refer to a ballot measure or if he is implying the law, once passed, can be challenged in court.  We see exactly zero basis for challenging the law in court, and all the amendments and meaningless procedural moves in the world would have no effect on a ballot measure.

So exactly what he is talking about is unclear. But there are a couple of take aways from his comments.

In an email to unhappy gun owners, Findley wrote “…my Republican colleagues and I used every tool we had at our disposal to prevent this bill from passing as it is currently written.”

But his discussion of a ballot measure to reverse the bill  and all they would do to provide “ammunition” make it clear that he understood the bill’s passage was a foregone conclusion.

Other turncoat Senators have also suggested that if the voters were unhappy with their sellout they could simply do a ballot measure to reverse it.

And while this is technically correct, what Findley and the others don’t mention is that gun owners will also have to mount extremely expensive ballot measures to undo the other gun control bills that the Republicans are going to let pass including:

Mandatory Lock Ups

Endless Delays  and

A revocation of preemption which will have the same effect as SB 554 (and more) even if 554 is defeated at the ballot box.

Also not mentioned by any of them that we know of, will be the costly battle to stop the gun control ballot measures being filed by the well funded anti-gun extremists even now.

So far, none of the Senators who showed up and allowed this bill to pass have offered to contribute any funds from their own PACs to mount these battles.

As of this writing Findley has over $88,000.00 in his PAC.

Knopp has over $13,000.00

Hansell has almost $19,000.00

Anderson has almost $40,000.00

Bill Kennemer has over $33,000.00 in his old House Pac. Which is interesting, because Kennemer did not even run for his Senate seat. He was appointed after Senator Alan Olsen resigned.

Senator Fred Girod, the “leader” of the Republicans who stayed and helped this bill pass has almost $300,000.00 in his PAC and the “Leadership Fund,” a PAC he controls that is supposed to benefit all Senate Republicans, has almost $90,000.00.

All of these people were the beneficiaries of money donated by gun owners.

And by the way, the “Leadership Fund” has sent out numerous fund raising emails out using the gun control bills as reason to send them money.

In them, they announced, with a straight face, their intention to “send a petition” to the Democrats to make them stop attacking our rights.  (And please chip in  20 bucks.)  Frankly, in the face of their willingness to hang gun owners out to dry, this is nothing short of pathetic.

But surely all these good folks will be eager to help fund the insanely expensive battles that their actions made necessary right?

Amazingly, on Saturday, Findley sent out a fundraiser asking for more money because of the loss he helped engineer. In it he said : I’ve never run from a fight before, and I won’t run from this one. I will continue to fight the supermajority’s agenda to take away our rights. Can I count on you to join me in this fight?”

In fact, running from the fight is exactly what all 6 did.

In what can only be considered a bizarre recreation of reality, Findley said :

“My Republican colleagues and I proposed common-sense, data-driven approaches that would protect Oregonians’ constitutional rights and enhance public safety. It is unbelievable that the supermajority wasn’t interested in the facts and instead, is clearly determined to pursue a political agenda at the expense of our rights.”

In what alternate universe do rational Republicans believe that the controlling party is interested in facts?  Really Lynn, you find this “unbelievable?”

Findley went on : “I cannot neglect the need to fight these fights too. Over 140,000 Oregonians are counting on me to show up for all the issues in Salem and that’s what I have sworn to do—but I need you with me.”

Only the most out of touch think “showing up” for certain defeats is the answer to what even Findley calls a train wreck.

In spite of all the nonsense and posturing, these 6 knew that showing up on the Senate floor on Wednesday and Thursday was the beginning of the end for gun rights in Oregon.

It’s interesting to note that the legislative website listed SB 554 as scheduled for action on the House side hours before a vote was even taken on the Senate side.  Could this be one more technical screw up by the same folks who have locked you out of the process or was it simply understood by all parties that passage was a foregone conclusion?

The Oregon Republican Party has some new leadership. We can only hope that after the last few years of miserable performance, the new blood will be able to turn around this disgraceful mess. We wish them well and they have our support.

The Republican Senate Caucus has no leadership.  Fred Girod has proven he is willing to throw his supporters to the dogs rather than take a courageous stand and is leading the other 5 down this same path to disaster.

The reality is, nothing good is going to happen as long as someone who is happy to take your money but not the least bit interested in protecting your rights is in “leadership.”

SB 554 now goes over to the House.  The House Republicans under Christine Drazan have indicated they cannot walk out because they face $500.00 per day fines if they do so. However, that rule was adopted by a vote. A vote the House Republicans participated in knowing that rule would be included and knowing that they did not have the votes to stop it.

Agreeing to vote on that rule created a perfect excuse for them to take the easy way out. Numerous other bills, as mentioned above, are moving on the House side.  If the House Republicans don’t take a stand, and the leadership of the Senate Republicans does not change, it’s doubtful that there will be much left to save at the end of this session.

* In an email today, received shortly after this alert was posted, and unrelated to this post, Senator Brian Boquist said:

The above six GOP registered Senators did make several SB 554 procedural motions for the record, but in sixteen years in the legislature, I have never seen Democrats break ranks to support a procedural motion.  Remember, the super-majority registered Democrats have 18 votes while the minority has 6 to 12 votes. 

Bills must be stopped before they go to the Floor of the State Senate as no real debate exists.  The Senate President controls 100% of the process, there is no republic or democracy, thus only bills with Democrat majority votes are sent to the Senate Floor.  Contact your State Senator above with your request to support the People not the government that has been controlled by Democrats for four decades. 

Ironically on Wednesday, the day before the above bills passed, the Democrat Senate President sent out forms to Republican State Senators asking them if they wanted federal rescue money for their districts or projects in their districts with borrowed bond money.  The later project money is processed through the Capital Construction Subcommittee chaired by the Republican Caucus Leader under the direction of the Democrat Senate President.

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6 Republicans Help Pass Law To Send Gun Owners To Prison.

03.25.2021

Today, the six Senate Republicans who aided passage of SB 554 yesterday, went all the way and helped Democrats pass the bill on the floor.

Republican Senator Bill Hansell, one of the “gang of six” read the headline from our previous alert on the floor,  and claimed that Senator Courtney was talking about a “sports team” when he said on a hot mic “they’re gonna get crushed.”  He called OFF “despicable” and was joined in that assessment by Senator Floyd Prozanski.  For the record, here is exactly what the headline said:

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I see Hansell out here, they’re gonna get crushed.”

Senate President Peter Courtney in an unintentional  “hot mic” moment at the start of today’s Senate Floor session.

                           We don’t know to whom he was referring.  But it sure wasn’t Democrats.

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That was the 100% true and accurate headline that Hansell claimed was false and despicable. The six Republicans then remained on the floor to ensure the Democrats had the quorum they needed to ram through this dangerous and bigoted bill on the law abiding CHL holders of Oregon.

As you know the public has been locked out of the building and has no input into these floor sessions. The only access the people have to these proceedings is a video feed that was shut off at a critical time in the process. The legislative reporting system actually reported that bill had passed hours before the vote was held and showed it being “carried” by a Senator who not only opposed the bill, but was not even on the floor for the vote. The House already showed the bill being scheduled before the bill had even been voted for on the Senate floor.

The bill now goes to the House Floor where the Democrats also have a super majority. At this point, the House Republicans, having agreed to a rule that fines them if they walk off the floor, are unlikely to make any effort to stop the bill.

There are numerous other anti-gun bills moving through the legislature.

The following 6 Republican Senators have now all but guaranteed that CHL holders who go too close to a public building will face 5 years in prison.

Senator Dick Anderson

Party: Republican
District: 5

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1705
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-303, Salem, OR, 97301
Email: Sen.DickAnderson@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/anderson

Senator Lynn Findley

Party: Republican
District: 30

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1730
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-301, Salem, OR, 97301
Email: Sen.LynnFindley@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/Findley

Senator Fred Girod

Party: Republican
District: 9

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1709
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-323, Salem, OR, 97301
Email: Sen.FredGirod@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/girod

Senator Bill Hansell

Party: Republican
District: 29

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1729
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-415, Salem, OR, 97301
Email: Sen.BillHansell@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/hansell

Senator Bill Kennemer

Party: Republican
District: 20

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1720
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-401, Salem, OR, 97301
Email: Sen.BillKennemer@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/kennemer

Senator Tim Knopp

Party: Republican
District: 27

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1727
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-425, Salem, OR, 97301
Email: sen.timknopp@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/knopp

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They’re Gonna Get Crushed

03.24.2021

I see Hansell out here, they’re gonna get crushed.”

Senate President Peter Courtney in an unintentional  “hot mic” moment at the start of today’s Senate Floor session.

We don’t know to whom he was referring.  But it sure wasn’t Democrats.

 

These are the Senators who helped pass SB 554:

Fred Girod 503-986-1709
Bill Hansell 503-986-1729
Lynn Findley 503-986-1730
Dick Anderson 503-986-1705
Bill Kennemer 503-986-1720
Tim Knopp
503-986-1727

 

Today, 6 Senate Republicans, shown above, joined with Senate Democrats to move forward SB 554, a bill that will send concealed handgun license holders to prison for 5 years if they dare travel close to a government owned building.

All 6 Republicans remained on the Senate floor to allow a “second reading” of the bill which was the final step needed to prepare it for a vote tomorrow.

This means the bill will almost certainly be voted on, and passed, tomorrow. If, in the very unlikely event that anything were to prevent the bill from being voted on tomorrow, it will certainly be voted on at the next opportunity.

Republican “Leader” Fred Girod further assisted the Democrats by making a successful motion to block the full reading of bills so the Democrats could speed up their agenda.

That is how these Senators, who asked for the votes and money of gun owners paid them back.

It’s a good signal that every deranged bill the Democrats are ramming through will be passed because of the cowardice of these 6 sellouts.

Where we go from here remains to be seen. Since these six senators joined the radical left to push this bigoted and dangerous legislation, the bill will go from the Senate, after the final vote, to the House, where leader Christine Drazan has indicated that the House too, will roll over and sell out gun owners. Much like Senator Girod, Representative Drazan came to us asking for money to help elect Republicans.  Now after receiving that help, Drazan too paid you back by refusing to walk out of this outrageous attack on your rights.

The following Republican Senators were not on the floor today and were not part of this disgraceful sell out.

Kim Thatcher

Brian Boquist

Dallas Heard

Art Robinson

Chuck Thomsen

Dennis Linthicum

They are to  be commended for showing the principle Girod and the others have walked away from.

Meanwhile the list of people and organizations who requested that the Republicans protect their rights has grown. And no doubt grown far less patient.

 

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Release Thugs. Lock Up Guns.

03.04.2021

TAKE ACTION NOW.  https://freeroots.com/go/stop-the-lunacy

While Oregon Democrats continue to promote legislation to empower criminals and violent crime skyrockets in Portland, the Oregon House Committee On Health Care has scheduled a hearing to hear HB 2510, a bill to lock up… your firearms.

As in previous attempts to render firearms useless for self defense, the bill punishes gun owners who are victims of theft and contains not one single word about penalties for gun thieves.

While life in Oregon, especially our cities, becomes increasingly perilous, Oregon Democrats are working overtime to make sure you and your family are defenseless.

And rest assured, these actions are not the result of ignorance.  Oregon Democrats are pushing bills to make criminals out of law abiding gun owners while neutering the police, so this bill is just one more effort to make sure that thugs are protected while you and your family are robbed of any means of protecting yourselves.

The bill is currently scheduled for March 11 at 3.15 PM. To sign up to testify against this bill use this link.https://survey.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_00ciSJbLrYjjN3M

If you experience problems (as many do) contact Adrienne.Cooke@oregonlegislature.gov or call (503)986-1485

To submit written testimony use this link https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2021R1/Testimony/HHC

Use the drop down menus to pick “House Committee on Health Care “ and “3/11/2021 3.15PM”

Contact info for all members of this committee can be found here. https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2021R1/Committees/HHC/Overview.  We strongly urge you to write AND call. Over and over.  If you get voice mail, leave messages.

This bill is sheer lunacy at a time when Oregon is seeing unprecedented spikes in violent crime and a complete inability of police to address it. Meanwhile, looters and rioters are routinely being returned to our streets and facing no prosecutions.

If you want to have any chance of living safely in this state, please take action. The lives you save may be your kid’s.

And while Oregon Democrats are working overtime to ensure you are defenseless against the thugs they protect, they are working on such important legislation as legalizing pimping , banning diesel fuel. and outlawing ropes with loops at the end.

But hey, at least when gun owners are all in prison they’ll be able to register to vote.

Clearly, Oregon is at a crossroads. Quite simply, this state will be completely unlivable if Oregon Republicans don’t do something.

While we have serious battles in both Houses, right now our best chance is to get Oregon Republican Senators to refuse to participate in this demented charade.

The leader of the Oregon Republican Senators has made it clear he is NOT interested in walking out. He’d prefer to watch Oregon disintegrate than stand up to the lunacy the Democrats are shoving down our throats.  But we have reason to believe other Republican Senators are willing to take a stand.  But they need to hear from you loud and clear.

If you prefer to contact them one by one with personal messages their contact information is here.https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/senate/Pages/senatorsRepublicans.aspx

Senator Brian Boquist has quit the Republican Party but may consider walking out with them if they have the courage to do so.

His contact info is here.  https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/senate/Pages/senatorsIndependents.aspx

Or you can use this tool to send a message to all Republican Senators and Brian Boquist. https://freeroots.com/go/stop-the-lunacy

Feel free to alter the subject line and text if you choose. It is critical that we convince the Oregon Republican Senators to stand up for us. The alternative is unthinkable.

Thank you for your tireless activism.

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Endless Delay Bill Scheduled For Additional Hearing

03.01.2021

 

Endless Delay Bill Scheduled For Additional Hearing

HB 2543, the “endless delay” bill is scheduled for an additional hearing on March 4th at 1pm in the House Judiciary Committee.

As we have told you, this bill will allow the State Police to deny a firearms purchase forever, with no justification and no consequences.

The Oregon State Police have testified that there are background checks that were requested last year that they have not even started to process.

This bill is designed to create one more roadblock to lawful firearm’s purchases.  If you want to submit testimony in opposition to the bill, the legislature has made it as complicated as possible. So to save time we have included links and information on how to do this.

If you want to upload written testimony, use this link https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2021R1/Testimony/HJUD and pick the “House Judiciary Committee” and “3/4/2021” from the drop down menus. Then click on HB 2543.

Please note, sometimes the system simply does not work so if you are having problems contact Mike Reiley.  (mike.reiley@oregonlegislature.gov) His phone number is 503-986-1635 but there is no guarantee that his voicemail box will be accepting messages.

For more info on submitting testimony see this link https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/citizen_engagement/Pages/Submit-Exhibits.aspx

If you want to testify “live,” which means by phone or online, see the info that follows:

Register to testify live remotely:

• Registration is required to testify by phone or video.

• Register online: https://survey.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_80w4Iqls7mScCqy

You will see a confirmation screen and be sent an email with information on how to join the

meeting. If you do not, contact the committee assistant. Mike Reiley.  (mike.reiley@oregonlegislature.gov)

• Register by phone: 833-588-4500 (U.S. toll free). You will be given a phone

number to call into the meeting.

• Registration closes at the time the meeting is scheduled to begin.

• A public access kiosk is located outside of the State Capitol Building for anyone without access

to a phone or computer to join a meeting by video.