On Wednesday, the Canby City Council will be asked to support a political statement against SB 941, the Oregon Firearms Safety Act. Canby's Mayor Hodson and the City Council are about to be placed in the embarassing position of appearing to support the arming of criminals just so the gun lobby can make a meaningless political gesture. Please contact the Canby Mayor and Councilors about Resolution 1217, even if you don't live in Canby. They are hearing from the gun lobby so they need to hear from us. On June 3, the Council will vote on Resolution 1217 which was created by Councilors Traci work session last week. At that time, the City Administrator and the City Attorney advised the Council that R. 1217 is not within the city's jurisidiction and it will not affect city services. As with the Lane County resolution against the Oregon Firearms Safety Act, this resolution has no effect and will not change any Canby laws. Please contact Mayor Hodson and the Canby Councilors or attend the meeting in person. Canby City Council Meeting June 3, 7:30 p.m. 155 NW 2nd Avenue, Canby Information about SB 941, the Oregon Firearms Safety Act SB 941, the Oregon Firearms Safety Act: is constitutional under Heller and McDonald , is an extended part of the background checks system Oregon has had for over 20 years, is funded by a $10 fee paid for by the purchaser, will hold sellers accountable if a gun is sold to a prohibited person without performing a background check first, and is an effective way to reduce gun violence. 87% of Oregonians support background checks, including 83% of Oregon gun owners. 1 Oregon voters closed the gun show loophole in 2000, but an estimated 40,000 to 75,000 guns are still sold annually in Oregon without a background check through private sellers. Until SB 941 goes into effect, felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill can avoid the background check system by going to private sellers, no questions asked. Exempt family members include parents, children, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Background checks would not be required for temporary transfer. (For example, if a gun were lent for hunting for a short time.) The private gun sale loophole is one reason why Oregon is one of 14 states where gun deaths now outnumber car fatalities. 2 Taking the responsible step of requiring background checks for private gun sales is the most effective way to reduce gun violence. In states that require comprehensive background checks: -48% fewer on-duty police officers are shot and killed, and -46% fewer women are shot and killed by their intimate partners. 3 Background checks are simple and effective. During 2013 alone, Oregon's background check system prevented 2,215 prohibited persons from purchasing guns from licensed dealers and at gun shows (Oregon State Police data). Background checks save lives. Let's close the private sale loophole now. 1. Americans for Responsible Solutions 2. Violence Policy Center 3. Everytown for Gun Safety Visit Ceasefire Oregon or Donate today. HERE IS THE CONTACT INFORMATION. PLEASE CONTACT MAYOR HODSON AT 503-263-5528 OR firstname.lastname@example.org Council President Tim Dale at 503-263-5524 or email@example.com Councilor Todd Rocha at 503-263-5526 firstname.lastname@example.org Councilor Traci Hensley 503-263-5525 email@example.com Councilor Greg Parker 503-263-5527 firstname.lastname@example.org Councilor Clint Coleman 503-263-5530 email@example.com Councilor Tracie Heidt 503-263-5529 firstname.lastname@example.org PLEASE RIDICULE THE STUPIDITY OF CEASEFIRE'S CRAZY ASSERTIONS Thanks.