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Bi-Partisan Effort To Protect Gun Owners

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by edhill, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. edhill

    edhill salem, OR New Member

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    State Representative

    Kim Thatcher

    House District 25


    State Representative

    Jeff Barker

    House District 28


    NEWS RELEASE: February 17, 2009


    CONTACT: Dawn Phillips 503.750.1764


    New Bi-Partisan Effort To Protect Gun Owners


    (Salem) State Representative Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer, St. Paul, Newberg) and State Representative Jeff Barker (D-Aloha) introduced House Bill 2727 today to shield the private information of Oregonians with Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHL). “Disclosure defeats the whole point of having a concealed weapons permit,” said Thatcher. “The private information about these Oregon gun owners should also remain concealed.”


    The measure would prohibit CHL information from being released under the state public record’s law. House Bill 2727 is

    co-sponsored by half the members of the Oregon Legislative Assembly, and submitted on behalf of Sheriffs across the state. There are more than 109,000 Oregonians with a Concealed Handgun License. Each has undergone an extensive background check and firearms training.


    “After more than 31 years in law enforcement in Oregon, I know that law abiding citizens who own guns are not a problem,” said Barker. “Law enforcement knows who has Concealed Handgun Licenses, and that is enough. Citizens deserve privacy and the general public has no legitimate interest in knowing who does and does not have a concealed weapons permit.”


    Yamhill County Sheriff Jack Crabtree from Representative Thatcher’s legislative district stated; “The statewide issue regarding the potential disclosure of names, addresses and other information for those citizens who have concealed handgun licenses, diminishes the individual’s right to personal privacy and security. The State of Oregon has gone to great lengths to protect private information, like DMV records, to safeguard a citizen’s identification and wellbeing.”


    "CHL information should remain private to protect them from potential victimization and to keep that information from becoming used in a negative way by folks who may disagree with the CHL holders constitutional and statutory rights," said Washington County Sheriff Rob Gordon from Representative Barker’s legislative district. "I believe the bill will reduce or eliminate unnecessary litigation and save the taxpayers unnecessary expense."


    "People who apply for concealed handgun licenses assume that their applications and personal information will be kept private. We are encouraged that sheriffs across the state agree,” noted Kevin Starrett, Executive Director of the Oregon Firearms Federation. “Our organization joins with law enforcement agents from all corners of the state to endorse this legislation to protect the privacy of people who are lawfully and safely carrying firearms to protect themselves and others.
    We urge all lawmakers to support this effort to protect Oregon's most responsible and law abiding citizens."


    "I have heard from countless numbers of people from across this state who hope their personal information be kept confidential as it relates to CHLs,” said Russ Isham, Marion County Sheriff. “For us to give out this information, when our community has entrusted us with keeping them safe, goes against what we have been telling all along. In keeping with my obligation to protect our citizens I feel that personal safety trumps the public records requests in this matter and I support keeping this information confidential."


    “Making public the personal information of Concealed Handgun License holders has always been of concern to the National Rifle Association. We applaud Representatives Thatcher and Barker for sponsoring the bill and especially appreciate the support of the Oregon Sheriff’s Association. Passage of this legislation will insure that those who obtain a license out of concern for the security of themselves and their loved ones will no longer have their license information become public record,” explained Rod Harder, Oregon Consultant for National Rifle Association of America Inc.


    State Representative

    Kim Thatcher

    900 Court Street NE H-472

    Salem, OR 97301

    503-986-1425

    www.leg.state.or.us/thatcher

    Rep.kimthatcher@state.or.us




    State Representative
    Jeff Barker

    900 Court Street NE H-491

    Salem, OR 97301

    503-986-1428

    www.leg.state.or.us/barker

    Rep.jeffbarker@state.or.us
     
  2. Ryan

    Ryan Beaverton Or Member

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    Wow this is really good news. Its amazing how simple statements like “Disclosure defeats the whole point of having a concealed weapons permit,” said Thatcher. “The private information about these Oregon gun owners should also remain concealed.” and "I know that law abiding citizens who own guns are not a problem,” yet so many people just can't seem to understand it. Its also nice to see both parties behind this.
     
  3. fingolfen

    fingolfen Oregon Member

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    Do you have a link for the original press release???
     
  4. edhill

    edhill salem, OR New Member

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  5. Dutchy556

    Dutchy556 Bend, OR Member

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    Awesomeness!
     
  6. fingolfen

    fingolfen Oregon Member

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    swoop Milwaukie, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Great news, and as it should be. Gee, wonder why someone other than the cops would be interested in such information? :confused:
     
  8. NWMoss

    NWMoss Lost, permanently... Member

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    • Radical gun-haters who want to be protaginists and attempt to create a situation to provoke CHL holders.
    • Journalists who want to incessantly ask "why do you think you need to own a gun? are you carrying now? who do you think is out to get you?" blah blah blah.
     
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    fingolfen Oregon Member

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  10. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    That's some good news. What's the chance of it getting passed?
     
  11. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    Indeed, THAT is the question. :paranoid:
     
  12. wakeadrian

    wakeadrian Beaverton Member

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    With both parties behind it, at least to some extent, it might have a chance!
    I guess I'd suggest as many people as possible contacting the reps. that aren't in support yet.:thumbup: And also, contact the ones that are, and show we are behind them 100%.
     
  13. LinuxKnight

    LinuxKnight PDX Oregon New Member

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    Contacted my rep, he isn't on there yet.
    I live in Tigard, my rep is Galizio (D).
    If he responds with anything other than a form letter I'll post it.

    If your rep isn't on there, bug em until they are!
    If they are, let them know you support them!
     
  14. wakeadrian

    wakeadrian Beaverton Member

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    How do you know who your rep is...?
    I'm only 20, new to the politics thing.. :laugh:
     
  15. LinuxKnight

    LinuxKnight PDX Oregon New Member

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    wakeadrian: Go here:
    http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/

    Put in your address, it will give your US and state legislators.
    This bill is a OR house bill, so you want your OR state rep (not state senate, not US senate or US rep).
     
  16. techieguy

    techieguy Well-Known Member

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    My rep from district 4 is mention as a sponser... Way to go Dennis! I will work on a email to Dennis to ensure he keeps this bill going.
     
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