Current Oregon Gun Bill Status and Action Needed

Below, I am quoting Kevin Starrett in a recent OFF newsletter that he sent.  I think he is right on the money and would like to encourage everybody to contact Peter Courtney regarding the bad gun bill that is currently in the Oregon Legislature.

The Oregonian reported that the Williamson/Barker bill to add more restrictions to your ability to purchase a firearm was likely dead in the Senate.  The bill uses a totally fabricated “loophole” to allow the State Police to deny you a purchase (with no justification) even longer than they can now.

The reality is that the current law which allows, (but does not require) a gun dealer to transfer a firearm after three business days have “elapsed” contains a safeguard, not a “loophole.”  The purpose of the safeguard was to address the kinds of problems we see in Oregon every single day, where qualified buyers are delayed and denied by the Oregon State Police for no reason.

Adding time to these delays (the original bill would have allowed the delay to be forever) could very well be a death sentence for a person whose life was in jeopardy.

So now the rumor is that the Senate President, Peter Courtney, does not want to have HB 4147 come to the Senate floor for what will surely be another divisive battle, especially not in an election year.

This bill is not officially dead, and in the past, Courtney as revived bills that were officially dead, given them a new bill number and tried to slip them through in the closing moments of the session.  We have no reason to think he won’t try it again.

The future of this bill is now in the hands of Courtney.  Please contact him and tell him to keep HB 4147 off the floor. Courtney can be reached at 503-986-1600, or by email at:  sen.petercourtney@state.or.us.

What’s going on with gun bills in the Oregon State Legislature?

We have two bad gun bills that need our action starting on Monday, Feb 1st!

The first one is SB 1551. It is a bad “mental health” bill that automatically suspends for 30 days at a time, the right to purchase a gun when someone reports you as having a “mental health emergency” to an anonymous tip line, saying you are a danger to yourself or others. You have no due process, and no effort is made to see if you are having a real emergency and to reach out to help you either! It is wide open for abuse, is infinitely renewable, and the burden of proof is on you if you want to get your rights back.

The other bad gun bill on the House side is, HB 4147. This bill allows the Oregon State Police to choose to not respond indefinitely to a background records request and requires a gun seller to deny you the purchase of a firearm during that time. Which could be literally forever!

They are both bad bills, poorly written and likely unconstitutional. Both of them!

I’m hearing that what’s really needed the most is to flood the phone lines of the Democratic legislators who can act on these bills STARTING THIS MONDAY, Feb 1st. That’s when the session starts and we don’t want to lose steam, so starting Monday and keeping the pressure ON, especially the first few days and first week is KEY.

The Democratic legislators you should call and email include, on the Senate side, regarding SB 1551, Senate President Sen. Peter Courtney, and Democratic Senate Judiciary Members, Sen. Floyd Prozanski, Sen. Sara Gelser and Sen. Diane Rosenbaum.

On the House side, regarding HB 4147, you should call and email House Speaker Rep. Tina Kotek, House Majority Leader Rep. Jennifer Williamson, Dem House Judiciary Members, Rep. Jeff Barker, Rep. Brent Barton, Rep. Mitch Greenlick, Rep. Ann Lininger,  and Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson.

If you want to act today (ie: before Monday), call and leave a message for, or send an email to YOUR LEGISLATOR who can be found here: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/findyourlegislator/leg-districts.html

But our real effectiveness starts on Monday when we should be flooding the phone lines the first day of the session of the Democratic legislators linked above. That’s the real power we have this session.

Glock Talk on February 17th!

Dave Mallery from Glock USA will be speaking at the next club meeting on Wednesday February 17th at 6:30pm at the Newberg Public Safety Building. He’ll be talking about the entire Glock product line, changes, things in the works, and answer any questions you have about Glock. Hope to see you there!