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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.

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Making Gun Owners Felons Bill Moves Forward

02.25.2021

Democrats Pass Go To Library Go To Prison Bill Out Of Committee

 

Today the Democrats passed SB 554, the “go to the library go to prison” bill, out of committee on a party line vote.

The bill was amended with the “dash 10” amendment.

That amendment removes parking garages from the places where a CHL holder can be arrested for having a lawfully carried firearm. It changes the language in the bill, so while in the original bill you could be charged with a felony just by being near an airport, now you would have to go into the terminal to face felony charges.

Senator Floyd Prozanski claimed that this change addressed the “misinformation” that was being spread about the original bill and the risk of being arrested near the airport. In fact, once again, Prozanski was using his typical misdirection because that is exactly what the bill did.

Before you think that exempting parking lots is a step forward, consider that under the amended bill you would be forced to leave an unprotected firearm in your car, and now be totally defenseless in locations that are known crime magnets. Needless to say, anyone using the mass transit Democrats like to push, is totally out of luck. We won’t even get into those who travel by electric scooter.

And of course, you still face felony charges should you dare to enter an airport terminal to assist someone coming from or going to a flight or entering any school or public building. Buildings you own and pay for.

Throughout the hearing Democrats made totally unsubstantiated claims and reference to reports that they implied backed up the notion that CHL holders are dangerous, while either not providing any data or by referencing reports that were created  by rabid anti-gunners like Tom Ridge.

Senator James Manning’s bizarre and incoherent comments included insults against CHL holders, the completely unfounded claim that a person who shot up a Eugene school was a CHL holder* and the absurd assertion that most CHL holders approved of having their rights taken away under this bill.  Manning might want to take a moment out of his abrasive and ignorant slams on CHL holders to look at the sign up sheet for testimony on the bill.

* Since this alert was posted we have received a copy of a newspaper article stating that the shooter in this event had a CHL. We have no way of confirming this since CHL records are not public and under most circumstances cannot be revealed. However, even if the story is accurate, it’s clear that the proposed legislation would have had no effect on the incident and Manning’s blanket condemnation of CHL holders is still outrageous. To those who think this should disqualify CHL holders from being armed, please click here.

Senate Democrats put out this press release also insulting CHL holders.

Prozanski wrapped up the work session by accusing the Republicans of voting no on the bill because they would “profit” from voting no.

This twisted and insulting comment was based on an email that the “Leadership Fund” a Republican PAC, sent out.  The email fundraiser included these comments:

__________________________________________________________________________________________________

Senate Bill 554 is one of the most dangerous pieces of legislation introduced by Liberal Democrats to make its way to the Senate in years.

 If passed, this bill will:

 Ban concealed carry permit owners from bringing a firearm on public property

Double the cost to apply and renew your concealed handgun license AND

Ban the possession of pepper spray and stun guns

 Have the Democrats been on vacation? What makes them think this is a GOOD IDEA with all the violence and looting we’ve seen in the last year?

 Oregon Republicans have had enough – that’s why we’re taking action.

 _____________________________________________________________________

Oddly the email noted that the “action” the Republicans wanted to take was a “petition” to the Democrats.  While totally pointless, “petitions” are a common device in fundraising efforts. But anyone who knows the three Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, (Kim Thatcher, Dennis Linthicum and Dallas Heard) knows that they are totally committed to gun rights and that Prozanski’s attack was self serving garbage.

Which brings us to our next step.  This bill now goes to the floor. The Senate is controlled by a super majority of Democrats, many of whom are sponsors of this bill.

Up until today the Republican Leadership had not expressed any interest in walking out to stop these dangerous bills. Then today they denied quorum to stop progress on Democrat legislation.

They have NOT included gun bills in their reason for the walk out.

Rest assured, if this bill passes CHL holders will face felony charges at every school, library and bus shelter, and the fact that for 30 years CHL holders have demonstrated themselves to be the most law-abiding Oregonians won’t matter.

The Democrats have shown by this, and so many other bills, that they are determined to attack law abiding gun owners while empowering rioters, looters and common criminals.

If the Senate Republicans allow this bill to pass on the Senate floor, law abiding gun owners, and in fact all Oregonians, will be at greater risk whenever they leave their homes.  And while people who live in parts of the state with rational local leaders may choose not to impose these regulations, people travel. Today’s quorum refusal was a good first step.

The ball is now in the court of the Senate Republicans.  Oregonians have turned out in mass to oppose this bill. Most of them were not even allowed to voice that opposition.

Please contact the Oregon Senate Republicans and Senator Brian Boquist, who recently left the Republican Party to become an independent, and remind them that your freedom and safety is in their hands.  Ask them to walk out on any vote on SB 554.

Senate Republicans

https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/senate/Pages/senatorsRepublicans.aspx

Senate Republican Leader Fred Girod
https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/girod

Senator Brian Boquist

https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/senate/Pages/senatorsIndependents.aspx

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Let’s Turn The Tables.

02.24.2021

Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on SB 554, a bill to strip law abiding citizens of their rights to self defense virtually anywhere.

If the bill passes out of committee as expected, we will have to do all we can to fight it on the floor of the Senate, and tomorrow we’ll provide you with an update on that battle.

Right now however, I’d like to ask you to help our friends in Yamhill County where tomorrow they will be considering a Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance to protect not only residents of Yamhill, but anyone who visits there.

Fashioned after successful ordinances in other counties, their SASO simply says that the county will not spend money or police manpower arresting law abiding gun owners whose only crime is being the target of leftists in Portland.

Would you please send a short note of support for the Yamhill County SASO to the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners?

You can email them directly here, bocinfo@co.yamhill.or.us or use the FREEROOTS tool we have created to send a pre-written message.
https://freeroots.com/go/make-yamhill-county-safe-for-gun-owners

One by one we hope to see the counties stand up to the tyranny coming from Salem and your brief note can help.

Thank you.

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Go To Airport Go To Prison

02.16.2021

Go To Airport… Become a Felon

As we warned, SB 554 is now scheduled for a hearing on Feb 22.

This bill will make you a felon if you travel near an airport and have a firearm, even if you are a concealed handgun license holder.

There are no exceptions and you do NOT have to enter the terminal or even leave your car.

If you pick up a friend or family member and just drive near the terminal or parking lots you can be sent to prison.

But wait, there’s more. The bill will also make you a felon if you go near any loosely defined “public building” that has declared itself a self defense free zone.

We are not making this up.  The bill also doubles the cost of a concealed handgun license, but you really won’t need one if this bill passes because it won’t be good in too many places.

The shortcomings of the “new and improved” remote hearing system means that there will be very tight limits on who gets to testify. So it is essential that you sign up as soon as possible to express your opposition to this insanity. Now would be a good time.

Public testimony will be limited to 3 minutes per person. The committee will hear testimony at its regular scheduled time from 8:00 am to 9:45 am, then recess until 5:30 pm and continue to hear testimony until 7:30 pm.

Registration is required to testify by phone or video link.  To sign up, either use the online form at: https://survey.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3xajjlV800PXp5k OR register by calling 833-588-4500.

Note, they do not answer this phone after 5pm.

You may submit written testimony here:

 https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Testimony/SJD110

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

You should, but may not, receive a confirmation email. If you do not, please contact the committee assistant.

Mike Reiley. 503-986-1635. mike.reiley@oregonlegislature.gov

Do not wait to do this.  The gun grabbers will be working overtime to take the limited number of slots available for oral testimony.

And please, reach out to the Republican leaders and let them know how important it is that they stop this attack.

Remind them that you really won’t be able to vote for them if you are in prison. (Unless of course the Democrats are successful in their attempts to let felons vote from prison. Yes, they are trying to do that too.)

Contact Republican Leaders Representative Christine Drazan and Senator Fred Girod.

Representative Christine Drazan

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

Senator Fred Girod

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

Or use this link to send a pre written message to both:

https://freeroots.com/go/stop-the-attack-on-gun-rights

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We Are Running Out Of Time


WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF TIME.

02.15.2021
Oregon gun owners are running out of time and options.  We are not going to sugar coat things. The Oregon Democrats plan to use their supermajority to ram through extreme, dangerous, and vindictive restrictions on your right to self defense. And their plans are moving forward very quickly.

There will be no negotiating. There will be no reasoning with the party in power.  They have made it clear that the facts don’t matter. They want to disarm you and and no amount of thoughtful persuasion is going to change anything. It is just that simple.

So, while in normal times we might suggest you contact the sponsors of these dangerous attacks on your rights and safety, we can say with some confidence that it really would not matter.

That means there is one option. The Republican members of the legislature, which you helped elect with your generous PAC donations, MUST walk out.

We can assure you that we have explored every possible option and discussed this with Oregon’s most pro-gun legislators. If there is some other magic bullet, no one’s brought it up. The Democrats have the power, they have the votes and they are angry and vindictive.

Last session bad legislation was stalled by a walkout by the Senate and House Republicans.  That time they left over a ruinous “cap and trade” bill, mandatory vaccinations and terrible gun bills.

As of right now, the “cap and trade” issue seems to be mostly dormant.  Both Republicans and Democrats are signaling that this year’s mandatory vaccination bill is not moving. (Although NOTHING is certain until the last gavel falls.)

That means that gun owners may very well be the main target of the Oregon’s furious Democrats.  Will Oregon’s Republicans stand up for us as we have for them?

We can’t tell you that the signs are good. Oregon Republicans have been supporting some very bad left wing legislation. It’s anyone’s guess why.

Quite frankly, we see no hope at all if the Republicans stay behind.  If they insist on participating in a game they are guaranteed to lose,  gun rights in Oregon will be a thing of the past. You will be largely prevented from buying guns, you will forbidden from having them with you to protect your family, and what you are still allowed to keep will have to be locked up lest you be jailed for their misuse by others.

This is no longer politics as usual. This is not a disagreement on policy. This is the left’s effort to completely undermine the Second Amendment at the same time they are encouraging the kind of violence and lawlessness that has gripped our state for the last year. As Oregon grows more dangerous, the Oregon Democrats are determined to make you defenseless.

The Oregon Republicans CAN stop this, if they have the will.

As we already told you, a bill to allow the Oregon State Police to deny a firearms transfer forever is scheduled for a hearing on Thursday. (House Bill 2543)

Now we’ve been informed that SB 554 will be heard on Monday, Feb 22. As of the time this alert was sent out, that hearing had not been officially scheduled so it could change, but as of now that is reliable information .

SB 554 will virtually eliminate Oregon’s preemption law and create a minefield of “no-go” zones for gun owners.  The bill allows any loosely defined “public building” to declare itself and nearby property off limits to concealed handgun license holders while in possession of a firearm. Accidentally straying onto one of these properties is a felony.

Airports would now be off limits to CHL holders, and not just inside the terminals. If you drove to an airport to pick up or drop off a friend or family member you would be guilty of a felony if you never got out of your car! The bill would also double the fees for CHL’s which would become mostly useless if this bill passes.

And that’s not all.  We have been informed that in March, the Oregon House plans to hear and pass a bill to require that any firearm you own be kept locked up and useless. That bill, HB 2510, would hold gun owners strictly liable for crimes committed by others who stole their guns. As usual, nothing in this bill addresses the people who steal and misuse guns, only the people whose guns are stolen.

To submit testimony or sign up to testify in person on HB 2543, please see this link.

You can also use the link below to contact the Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee and express your opposition to HB 2543:(the endless delay bill)

https://freeroots.com/go/stop-endless-delays

But right now we need to do all we can to stop all these dangerous attacks.

Please contact Senate Republican Leader Fred Girod and House Republican Leader Christine Drazan and urge them to do all they can to convince their members to stand up and walk away from this madness.

You can use the link below to contact them.

https://freeroots.com/go/stop-the-attack-on-gun-rights

Free Roots is an activist tool that directs your message to people who can make a difference. Free Roots does require registration, but this is only to prevent abuse of the service. Your information is private and will not be used for any purpose by anyone.

If you prefer to contact Girod and Drazan directly, their contact information follows:

Representative Christine Drazan

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1439
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-395, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: Rep.ChristineDrazan@oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Fred Girod

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1709 
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-323, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: Sen.FredGirod@oregonlegislature.gov

 

With Biden in the White House and Democrats in control in Oregon, we are at a crossroads. Please act.

 

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Endless Delay Bill Scheduled

First Anti-gun Bill Scheduled For Hearing

HB 2543 has been scheduled for a hearing on Feb. 18. At 1PM.

2543 will allow the State Police to delay a firearm’s purchase forever even when there is no denial on a background check.

Currently both Oregon and Federal law allow a buyer to take possession of a firearm if the State Police do not issue an approval after 3 business days as long as there has not been an actual denial.

The OSP has a long history of failing to complete background checks and things have only gotten much worse since Covid and the increase in attempted purchases.

The OSP’s “Firearms Instant Check” unit even “cancels” firearms sales that they do not want to bother investigating with no apparent lawful authority to do so.

People who are delayed are faced with the frustration of contacting the OSP “challenge line” only to have their calls ignored or mishandled.

Anyone who has tried to deal with a state agency or collect an unemployment check during the Covid  lockdown knows how easily the state can simply ignore you.

If this bill is passed persons who have no criminal history of any kind will have no recourse if the State Police either mismanage the background check or simply refuse to conduct one.

A person whose safety is in danger can be told by OSP that they are simply out of luck.  We know of “delays” on gun purchases that have gone on for several years. Under this bill gun buyers will be totally at the whim of another failed state agency.

As you know, Oregonians are no longer allowed to testify against legislation in the Capitol. While the Democrat controlled legislature has invented a “process” to testify in writing or “remotely” and pretended that this is a fair replacement, in fact, actually getting your testimony on the record is entirely hit or miss.

Below are the “instructions” for submitting testimony now that you have been locked out of the building. Make sure you are providing testimony for the House Judiciary Committee’s Feb 18th meeting on HB 2543.

If you chose to provide testimony the key arguments against this bill are the long history of bad record keeping by the OSP, the frequent prior restraint on a  right in the absence of any criminal history, the lack of response from OSP when they delay a buyer and the complete lack of recourse for persons wrongfully prevented from purchasing firearms.

Under this bill, a single mom with a stalker who cannot rely on protection from any state agency can be told that she has to wait forever to have the means to protect herself and her children.

In addition to any testimony you plan to attempt to provide to oppose this legislation, please take action here:

https://freeroots.com/go/stop-endless-delays

Public Testimony Options:

You may provide written or oral testimony at this meeting.

Written Testimony

Written testimony should be submitted via the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS) testimony portal. Testimony must be received within 24 hours after the start time of the meeting in which the public hearing is held. Testimony is uploaded to OLIS as part of the legislative record and made publicly available at https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Committees/HJUD/Overview.

o Testimony Portal: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Testimony/HJUD/

o Mail: House Judiciary Committee, 900 Court Street NE, Room 453, Salem, OR 97301

Oral Testimony (Live Remotely)

o Registration is required to testify by phone or video link. You will receive a confirmation

email. If you do not, please contact the committee assistant. To sign up, either use the online

form at https://survey.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0fCgvjVBkKbmrZk

OR register by calling 833-588-4500.

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

o Public Access Kiosk: For those who do not register to testify or do not have access to testify

by phone or video link, a public access kiosk is located outside of the State Capitol Building.

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2021 Anti Gun Bills Announced

01.11.2010

The Oregon Legislature has announced the first of the firearms bills for 2021.

You can view them here.

The links will take you to a page with all the information about the bills including the bill language, sponsors, and amendments as they become available.  It will also provide the bill history as it moves through the legislature and upcoming actions as they are scheduled.

When hearings are scheduled these links will also contain “meeting materials” such as uploaded testimony.

You can use this link to sign up for alerts from individual legislators and to get updates on any bills you are following.

As of this writing, the Legislative website has not updated this link to show bills to follow so check back at the link soon.

Here is a quick run down on the anti-gun bills.

HB 2510 is another mandatory lock up your guns bill. Basically a rehash of what the Democrats tried to force through last time.

HB 2543 eliminates the protection gun buyers have if the State Police can’t or won’t complete a background check. If they don’t complete the check you cannot buy a gun.

Sb 396 prohibits “undetectable firearms”. This is the Democrats hamfisted attempt to ban “ghost guns” constructed or produced, including through a three-dimensional printing process, entirely of nonmetal substances”.  The bill also redefines “unfinished frames and receivers “ as actual firearms and requires they be treated as such for possession and transfer.

SB 554 allows localities, schools, and airports to ban CHL holders from their property and any location near their property.The bill increases the fee for a CHL from $50 to $100.00 and renewals to $75.00. If you pick up a family member from the airport you can be charged with a Class C felony if you have a firearm even with a CHL. ( Obviously this applies only if you are carrying a gun.)

SB 585 repeals Oregon’s preemption law allowing any locality to create and enforce any gun law they choose.

SB 604 requires a permit to purchase firearms. The bill requires mandatory training, background checks, and fees. The bill requires safety training from the “National Firearms Association”. (Not a misprint) The permit must be renewed every 5 years.

As you know, pursuant to the rules imposed by the House Speaker and the Senate President, you will no longer be permitted to testify against these bills in the Capitol building. Remote testimony during the interim sessions was mostly a failure and people who signed up to testify often could not. Republican legislators who had comments that the chairs of the committees disagreed with were shut off. Do not expect to be treated differently.

So what does all this mean?  The Democrats still have a super majority. They do not need a single Republican vote to pass any of these bills, and except for the permit to purchase bill, they have been trying to pass all this stuff for years. So they are determined. They are also blood thirsty and vindictive. The only reason some of this did not get passed last session was because the Republicans walked out.  We have no way of knowing if they will again. Walking out is very costly and subjects Republicans to arrest.

For the last year the State Police and Sheriffs have used covid as an excuse to either not do their jobs (conducting background checks and issuing CHL’s) or to do them very badly.

As we have learned, nothing in the law compels sheriffs to accept CHL applications and nothing in the permit-to-purchase law compels them to accept applications to purchase.

While the law does require the State Police to provide an estimate of time it will take them to complete a background check for a current firearms purchase, they frequently ignore that law and face no liability for doing so.  There is little reason to believe that these same practices will not apply to the permit-to-purchase law.

It is impossible for us to predict if the Democrats will be more successful eliminating your rights this session than they have in past. (The Democrats in the US Congress are also introducing an avalanche of anti-gun bills.) But it would be prudent to consider it likely and if you plan to own any firearms in the future, and you can find them, maybe now would be the time to acquire them. The same is true if you are considering an “unfinished” receiver purchase.

The session officially begins on Jan, 19th.

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Emergency. This Is Not A Drill.

01.10.2021

 

If you are reading this you have access to email or websites. So we don’t need to tell you that there is a fast moving and very dangerous effort to silence anyone who does not bow down to Marxist dogma.

Far more quickly than most of us ever imagined, voices of patriots are being silenced as big tech colludes with the state to destroy any platforms of free speech.

Twitter and Facebook are basically done as vehicles for communication for our side. Google and Apple have moved to silence Parler.  Amazon has or, soon will, actually shut Parler down.

Firefox Browser has called to go further than simply shutting people down, they want their political opponents tracked down and punished.

From politicians to academia to mainstream media to Hollywood, left wing radicals are demanding retribution against anyone they can identify as having supported the current administration.

If you know anything about the history of Marxist revolutions you know their threats need to be taken very seriously.

Not satisfied to have seized control of the government, the left is now demanding revenge.

Given the left’s stranglehold on the legacy news media and the internet, you may soon have virtually no access to accurate news.  The dominos are falling very quickly.

As a result we are suggesting you take some steps.

First, if you have any important or sensitive documents, photos, or info on “the cloud” immediately make copies that you can keep locally.

If you are still using controlled social media like Facebook or Twitter, stop posting anything that reveals personal information or non Marxist ideology.  It may be too late to remove previous posts that can be used against you.

We believe that for now, our website is not in any way threatened. But of course that could change. We cannot guarantee that our mass email system will not be attacked. If it is, we suggest you continue to check our webpage for news and updates.

If you have a “Gmail” email address we strongly recommend you consider at very least getting a second email address that is NOT Gmail and adding it to our alert list.

One you might consider is “Proton mail.”

Even if you only use this address for our alerts, it removes Google’s ability to interfere with our communications.

As you know, Twitter blocked OFF’s account and we stopped posting on Facebook some time ago.

We have an active page on MEWE and while we do have a lightly used Parler page we can’t assume those will remain active.

If you use, or think you should be using social media, may we suggest you check out Ipatriot.io

It has an interface Facebook users will recognize, it is run by patriots and its servers are offshore and not likely to be compromised. We have only used it on computers and not smart phones and it appears for now it only works on Android devices and not iPhones. So if you are planning on using it and you can, please check it out on a computer.

You may also want to consider the “Brave” browser which claims to be private and safe. We cannot prove whether those claims are true so feel free to check it out yourself.

“Legislative Days” start tomorrow in Salem. While this is not the beginning of the actual session (which starts on the 19th) legislators will be in the building for meetings and organization. The public is NOT permitted in the capitol anymore. Any legislative meetings that the public can see will only be remote. Your ability to have any input during hearings will be severely throttled and at the whim of whomever is running the Zoom connection.

House Speaker Tina Kotek, whose chief of staff was arrested for rioting in Portland, has declared her intention to do everything in her power to punish pro gun House Rep Mike Nearman for the “crime” of leaving the building during a protest of Oregon patriots who entered their building when he opened the door to leave.  She is including criminal charges in her threats against him. Please consider any support you can offer for Mike’s legal defense.

Keep in mind that the Oregon State Police were in full riot gear in large numbers in the building and had armored cars staged outside. So how Kotek can conclude that Oregonians entering their own building was the “fault” of Rep Nearman is just another testimony to how dangerous, vindictive, and unhinged Kotek and the left have become.

We know there will be a raft of anti-gun bills introduced this session just as there have been in the last few days in Washington.  The left smells blood and has declared war on the Constitution.  We are facing truly unprecedented challenges as we do our best to defend our rights while being banned from the process by a cabal of hateful leftists.  While we cannot predict the details of what will happen next, we can absolutely promise you we are in for some difficult times.

Please take whatever steps you can right away to protect your ability to communicate and safeguard your personal data and info. This absolutely cannot wait.

 

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Christmas 2020

Christmas 2020

 

Dear Friends,

It would be impossible to overstate how hideous this past year has been.

While our entire nation felt the attacks on freedom resulting from covid, Oregon was among the states with the most extreme assaults on liberty.

We were told to abandon our elderly, isolate our children, and give up our livelihoods.

Untold numbers of businesses have closed forever. Countless Oregonians lost their jobs and their savings and their ability to worship or even dine with their friends. Far too many waited in desperation for relief from the state because Oregon refused to make the kind of computer updates every person does routinely on their home equipment.

The ruling party did all it could to silence dissent and different opinions while approving of looting and rioting by leftist thugs.

And in the middle of it all, fires ravaged our state costing thousands of Oregonians everything they owned.

Here at OFF, we have seen far too many of our supporters leave the state in anger and frustration. And we can’t blame a single one of them.

But, through it all, so many of you have stood bravely in the face of this madness determined to confront the forces that have worked to destroy our country.

And we can tell you without reservation, that spirit is growing.

Although no one can say for sure if there is a political solution, there are people in elected office who are fighting for you. It’s true that every effort is being made to silence them, but they are there.

And, if it becomes impossible to resolve the ills that plague our state and nation in the halls of our capitols, we remain confident that Oregonians and Americans still have the character and grit to face down the enemies of freedom elsewhere.

So now, with Christmas upon us, we want to thank each one of you who have supported us with your donations, activism and words of encouragement even as you faced such enormous challenges yourselves.

To all who have decided to leave Oregon we sincerely wish you the best in your new homes and urge you to spread the message of freedom wherever you find yourselves.  To all who are staying to fight we express our deepest gratitude and wish you and yours a peaceful and joyous Christmas.

If fortune permits, we wish you comfort and time with loved ones and pray for an endless spirit of defiance to tyrants.

Merry Christmas.

Oregon Firearms Federation

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

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Pistol Brace Regulation Proposal “withdrawn.”

Pistol Brace Regulation Proposal “withdrawn.”

 

Pistol Brace

12.23.2020
In a notice dated today, Dec 23, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced the withdrawal of a notice and request for comments entitled “Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with ‘Stabilizing Braces’,” that was published on December 18, 2020.”

We told you about this proposal to regulate pistol braces here.

As you know, pistol braces have become a very popular accessory for some larger pistols and the ATF was proposing the requirement that “some” pistols with “some” pistol braces be considered short barrel rifles subject to NFA regulations.

This would have meant that literally millions of people could be turned into felons if they failed to register, as short barrel rifles, firearms that are perfectly legal today.

According to today’s notice “Upon further consultation with the Department of Justice and the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, ATF is withdrawing, pending further Department of Justice review, the notice and request for comments entitled “Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with ‘Stabilizing Braces’,” that was published on December 18, 2020. 85 FR 82516.”

This does not mean ATF will stop attempting to create new, confusing, and arbitrary rules that could entrap well meaning gun owners. But it appears the immediate threat has passed.

For all those who took time to share your comments with ATF about the proposed rule changes, we thank you for your activism and wish you a Merry Christmas.

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And Now It’s “Pistol Braces”

And Now It’s Pistol Braces

 

12.19.2020

As you know, the ATF is now coming after “pistol braces.”

The long and tortured history of these devices has had gun owners continually attempting to determine if they are legal and when.

The ATF’s arbitrary and ever changing guidelines have left Americans baffled about exactly what next could land them in prison.

Most recently, ATF seemed to have agreed that pistol braces do not turn pistols into short barrel rifles and were legal to own. Now however, it appears that is no longer the case. Or it is, or it’s not. No one is sure.

Just as we warned that the reclassification of bump stocks into “machine guns” was a bizarre overreach and only the beginning, we can assure you that outlawing or “regulating” pistol braces will not be the end of the efforts to entrap well meaning gun owners.

Currently it appears that ATF intends to make some pistol braces illegal some of the time on some guns. We can predict with great confidence that the rules will be complex, contradictory, and subject to whim assuring that gun owners will always be in danger of criminal penalties no matter how much they attempt to comply.

When the owners of perfectly legal bump stocks were turned into felons with the stroke of a pen, many in the firearms “community” expressed the opinion that we should cave on the issue. That somehow it was tactically sound to refuse to defend what many felt was a toy or a gimmick, as though that capitulation would satisfy the enemy and they would leave us alone.

Clearly that strategy was misguided at best and preemptory surrender at worst.

Nothing will satisfy the forces that call for total civilian disarmament.

So now it’s “pistol braces,” a device that even the Obama administration agreed was not a regulated NFA item.

ATF has plans to regulate pistol braces, but not in any way that can be understood or complied with.  Once again, the intention is to ensnare as many people as possible or simply get them to throw up their hands, throw down their guns and give up.

If you are not one of those people, there is an opportunity to take action.

While the worst is ahead of us, at least now, today, there is still a way to make your voice heard in opposition to the proposed unintelligible and arbitrary regulations.

You can see what ATF has in mind, and take action to oppose it at this link.

It’s easy and extremely important.  At a time when we have been locked out of the legislative process by the people we elected to represent us, we should take advantage of whatever tools are left to make our voices heard.

Thank you for stepping up.

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The Coming Storm

The Coming Storm

 


12.15.2020

 

At today’s White House press conference Trump’s press secretary said that legal challenges to the election results and the vote by the Electoral College are ongoing.

However, in light of the outcomes of all legal challenges so far, the likelihood of success in the courts is small.

As a result, gun owners need to prepare for (at least for a while) a Biden presidency. Given his fragile mental state and his apparent corrupt connections to Communist China, he may not serve for very long. If he is removed, American gun owners will then have Harris as President.

We think once installed, the Biden-Harris administration will have enough leverage to stymie any real federal investigation into the Biden family’s corrupt dealings with foreign nations so it’s more likely that Harris will take over as a result of Biden’s declining mental state.

While the United States has faced anti-gun presidents in the past, Biden-Harris will be the first administration that campaigned on the platform of gun confiscation. While we do not yet know how the Senate races in Georgia will turn out, it’s important to note that Mitch McConnell has already congratulated Biden on his “victory” and so we should not count on massive resistance in the Senate.

Furthermore, it’s extremely likely that Biden-Harris will attempt to enact as many confiscatory measures as they can via executive order. Unfortunately, Trump provided a perfect roadmap for that kind of action when he directed ATF to magically turn bump stocks into machine guns. If a piece of plastic can be a machine gun, you can rest assured your AR or AK can too.

There has been much chatter about simply turning regular rifles into NFA items much as the Clinton administration did with Streetsweeper shotguns.

Biden-Harris have made it clear that they will be coming after semi-automatic firearms and standard magazines as soon as possible. We have no reason to believe that other types of firearms will be immune in spite of Biden’s bizarre advice to “get a double barreled shotgun, have the shells a twelve gauge shotgun”.

While it’s impossible to know how much local law enforcement will cooperate in gun confiscations, we do know that recent actions by ATF indicate that Federal agencies are eager to enforce whatever restrictions they can get away with.

As such it’s important that gun owners be aware of both state and Federal laws.  Although it’s clear that ATF is more than willing to violate even its own regulations, a working knowledge of Oregon law will be helpful.

As of August of 2015, most transfers of firearms must be conducted through licensed firearms dealers. That means that the State Police have records of those transfers including the information on both buyer and seller and the make, model, caliber, and serial number of the transferred gun.

So OSP has knowledge of any firearm that came into your possession legally from that date forward.

Oregon law requires that the records of those transfers be destroyed after 5 years. There is absolutely no reason to believe they are.

But keep in mind that firearms you had in your possession prior to that date could have been transferred, by you, to another party, legally, with no state knowledge or involvement. Prior to that date there was also no mandate that you kept records of who you transferred the firearm to.

This means that firearms you acquired after August of 2015 could not be removed from your possession without state approval (except for transfers to some family members) but firearms you acquired prior to that date could be.

The coming gun confiscations come at a time when violent crime is soaring in cities across the country including Oregon, and armed take overs of city blocks are met with apologies from the authorities to the thugs who took them over.

It would be wise to make whatever preparations you consider prudent for the coming changes in Federal law. These might include expanding and solidifying your network of people who share your beliefs and values.

Here in Oregon the Governor has called for a “special session” on Dec 21.

As has become the norm in Oregon, you will not be allowed to be part of the process except through whatever video feeds are working at the time. Input from citizens in Oregon is no longer a practical reality.

While the Governor has stated she wants to use this session to distribute “$800 million in aid for people and businesses affected by 2020’s pandemic and wildfires…including rural, Black, indigenous, Latino/Latina/Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander and tribal communities” some members of the legislature have been demanding that the session include a long list of new legislation that could never be adequately vetted and discussed in a short time frame.

As for coming legislation, we do know that there have been a number of bills drafted and introduced as “legislative concepts” already. Several of these would end the requirement for a quorum to vote on bills and fine any legislator who was not present. This would assure that the ruling party could ram through anything and it would be impossible to stall dangerous legislation by walking out, a tactic the Republicans used to block dangerous gun control bills, like the mandatory lock up bill, in the past.

Other bills would basically outlaw police in schools and we have been reliably informed that there will be a reintroduction of the mandatory lock up bill and a new “permit to purchase” bill. 

If the past is any indication, the ruling party will block any legislation or amendments proposed by Republicans. However, it’s important to keep in mind that anything can happen.  As you know, there is currently a battle for leadership in the House with the winner becoming Speaker.

Currently far left Tina Kotek is Speaker and her caucus nominated her for another term. However, she is being challenged by Janelle Bynum who represents the “People of Color Caucus” and has taken the position that it’s time for a black woman to lead the House.  Her initial effort to win the seat failed and Kotek then appointed a leadership team that included exactly no “people of color” so it’s safe to say there will be some payback for that move. The job of Speaker is voted on by the entire House however, so Republicans will have a vote on the final election and Kotek cannot win if the entire “People of Color Caucus” and the Republicans vote against her. This creates some interesting and unpredictable dynamics.

Kotek is extremely unpopular amongst Republican House members as she has blocked Republican legislation and stripped people of committee assignments when they displeased her. Bynum is also a far left anti-gunner, but because she owns several MacDonalds restaurants may be seen as less eager to crush small businesses than Kotek is. How this will play out is anyone’s guess, but it’s still safe to bet that the anti-gun majority will be making every effort to gut gun rights in 2021.

As you know, the tech-left has been shutting down dissent on most social media platforms. OFF’s Twitter account was blocked and Facebook routinely censors any message that does not conform to their left wing agenda.

OFF has moved to “MEWE” as a Facebook alternative and you can join us here.

For those unfamiliar with MEWE, it’s a platform that is very similar to Facebook without the ads. So far we have not faced any censoring of our messages there. (We have been told that the platform is a bit challenging on smart phones but it does work easily on computers )

OFF also has a presence on the Twitter alternative “Parler” (parler.com) although we have not yet used it as extensively as MEWE. Still, if you have not investigated it, it is worth checking out.

As long as it’s a viable platform we’ll continue to use MEWE and have found it to be a good place to share info such as deals on ammo that we come across.

Conventional news sources have become increasingly unreliable so we urge you to keep an eye on alternative sources to keep up with events and laws affecting your gun rights. As always, we’ll do everything in our power to provide you with timely and accurate info on state and federal matters. Oregonians have been locked out of their building, our Capitol, but we still need to make our voices heard in addition to everything else we need to do in these challenging times.

 

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Will Covid Kill Gun Rights?

Will Covid Kill Gun Rights?

11.16.2020 

 

In the wake of earlier shut downs and unchecked urban rioting, followed by wildfires that devastated much of the state, Kate Brown has imposed extreme new restrictions on your liberty and right to assemble.

Not only has she threatened arrest and jail time for people whose churches include 26 or more people should they have the audacity to meet, she has promised those same punishments for meeting in your own home.

Brown has now imposed a restriction on “social gatherings” limiting them to 6 people from “no more than two households.” It is unclear how this applies to families with more than 6 members, but what is clear is they better not invite even one more person to their home. (Homeless shelters are not bound by these rules.)

Brown has also reinstituted an end to visiting the elderly in care facilities.

Irrespective of your position on these measures, there is no doubt that they have caused unimagined damage to businesses, cost countless jobs, vastly increased the rates of suicide, substance abuse and domestic violence and guaranteed that a vast number of older Oregonians will die alone, forbidden from feeling a last hug from a child or grandchild.

And while many thousands of Oregonians have lost their jobs, an untold number of them are still not receiving the unemployment benefits they are entitled to. (The state has generously provided Federal money to select Oregonians however.)

Whether or not these restrictions are lawful and constitutional is doubtful. House Rep Werner Reschke published a newsletter on Nov 15th statingIt is important to note that many of her orders are unconstitutional from both a Federal and State perspective. It does not matter what her reasons are, what she claims, or what statues she may cite.”

He then referenced the US Constitution’s 4th Amendment and the Oregon Constitution’s sections 9,22, and 30 in Article 1.

Senator Brian Boquist sent a plainly worded letter to the Superintendent of the State Police asking “Does the Oregon State Police intend to conduct extrajudicial raids against private citizens on their private property without a warrant signed by a judge from a legal court of law? Yes or no? Not asking or interested in rhetoric, propaganda or any attempts for justifications…. Simple yes or no.”

While Oregon law prohibits confiscation of firearms during emergencies, Brown’s belief that she has unlimited powers could well put you in jail for sharing a Thanksgiving meal with your loved ones or attempting to visit an aging parent. And a misdemeanor arrest will almost certainly lead to a loss of a concealed handgun license and any firearm in your possession at the time of your arrest. So there is no question that these draconian and arbitrary rules could well lead to a loss of your gun rights in addition to your freedom.

While the Governor has used Covid as a justification for imposing these totalitarian measures, her own underlings have provided little but double talk and evasive responses to questions about the reasons for these lockdowns.

According to a recent story in the Oregonian:

“A staple of previous reports, the state used new software this week and calculated but then decided not to include information about those severe cases because it didn’t appear to “give us the right numbers,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state’s epidemiologist.

Asked if the number of severe cases appeared too high or too low, he said he didn’t have details but “would look into it.”

That’s a  vague and unacceptable response when you have imposed new laws, approved by no legislature, that curtail Oregonian’s freedom and put their gun rights at risk.

Other Republican legislators are questioning Brown’s new edicts though none as forcefully as Boquist.

Brown has called on local law enforcement to help enforce her mandates. At this point there is no way to know how many will agree to arrest people in their churches and homes but the risk is real.

As of now Brown has been able to impose her will virtually unchecked and her new restrictions are the most severe and dangerous yet. There is little reason to believe that her ever extended emergencies are going to end soon when they have given her unlimited control. She is an avowed opponent of gun rights and it’s safe to assume she would not hesitate to use her power to clamp down on gun owners.

For months the Oregon State Police have been providing only limited service approving gun sales with some people sailing through while others waited weeks just to have the approval process begin.

We believe these extreme restrictions are simply a down payment on what to expect under a Biden presidency, if for no other reason than that’s what he has promised. We strongly recommend you reach out to your county sheriff, and if you live outside of a large city, your local police, and request that they inform you of their intentions in regard to the Governor’s new dictates.

Freedom is lost one right at a time, and in Oregon the dominos are clearly falling.