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Letter: Rise in concealed handgun licenses hasn't harmed public safety

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by deen_ad, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Letter: Rise in concealed handgun licenses hasn't harmed public safety | OregonLive.com

    Letters to the editor By Letters to the editor
    on October 15, 2013 at 3:15 PM, updated October 15, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Regarding the recent articles by Rick Bella about conceal-carry licenses ("‘Everybody and anybody’," Oct. 9; "Revised data for state conceal-carry licenses," Oct. 10):

    I have been a prosecutor in four Oregon counties over the last 30 years, the last 20 as the elected district attorney in Clatsop County in Astoria.

    In 1991, I was the chief deputy district attorney in Deschutes County in Bend, and I authored an opinion piece run by The Oregonian, in which I was highly critical of a deal made by the former House speaker, known as the "Katz compromise."

    Up until then, the issuance of concealed firearm licenses varied wildly, depending on where someone applied. Multnomah County issued very few. The compromise appeased gun rights groups by making a CHL — concealed handgun license — a virtual right, so long as the applicant had no criminal record. Anti-gun activists got an extended 15-day waiting (or "cooling off" period), which has been replaced by an instant online background check.

    I was very skeptical and was appalled by the prospect of thousands of drivers packing heat when few really needed to and the risk it would place police officers in dealing with newly armed people who had never received the kind of firearm training many of us in law enforcement receive.

    I thought it would be a disaster. I was wrong. Based on my experience, crimes by CHL holders are very rare and are certainly less than in the general population.

    Guns are still a very emotional issue for many, but CHL holders have not been a public safety problem.

    Joshua Marquis

    Astoria

    Marquis is the Clatsop County district attorney.



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    duane black Washington Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for posting that.
     
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    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I was amazed that The Oregonian even published it!

    Notice that he says:
    Which is the original intent on the 2nd Amendment anyway!

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    Thx to Deen for giving me a good topic!


    Oregon D.A. says CCW holders no threat to public safety

    An Oregon district attorney declared in a letter to the Portland Oregonian Tuesday that, despite his skepticism and concern about “shall issue” concealed carry, citizens who are licensed to carry in the Beaver State “have not been a public safety problem.”

    Oregon D.A. says CCW holders no threat to public safety - Seattle gun rights | Examiner.com
     
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    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    You're welcome Dave! I thought it would work well for a story.


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    Politics is a contact sport.
    People who engage in politics need to understand that they can get elbowed, tackled, kicked, hit and wind up in the dirt or the mud.

    Not taking anybody's side here because I don't know either gentleman, but frankly, that dispute has nothing, zero, zip, nada to do with what Marquis thinks about concealed carry and shall-issue effectiveness or consequences.

    Separate issues entirely, so let's not derail or hijack the thread.

    ;)