Oregon's Only No Compromise Gun Rights Organization . 04.04.15 What happens when the hired help decides to use your money to promote their agenda? Don Johnson happens. Johnson is the Chief of Police for Lake Oswego, Oregon. Johnson is not elected. He was hired by the City to serve as Chief of Police. He was not given carte blanche to use his office, his uniform, and his position with the City to promote a deceitful agenda attacking your rights. But that's exactly what he's done. Not only did Johnson testify against your rights in the Oregon Legislature, in his uniform, (no doubt while on the clock) Johnson went further, appearing as a prop at an anti-gun press conference and recording anti-gun puff pieces for well funded anti-gun groups. Did Johnson get greased by his handlers as well as collecting his Lake Oswego salary? That would be lucrative wouldn't it? Here's a photo taken at the anti-gun press conference following last week's hearing on an end to private transfers of firearms. Johnson is on the far right. The person at the podium is Mike Reese, the former Chief of Police of Portland, who was also at the hearing and testified that there is no current way for private persons to conduct background checks for gun purchases. This, of course, is totally false. Oregon has allowed private parties to conduct background checks for 15 years. Apparently Reese did not get the memo. We can only hope the current chief there is somewhat better informed. Reese is retired. He can do what he wants and tell as many lies as he chooses to. But Johnson is being paid with taxpayer dollars. His misuse of his office should not be tolerated. More and more sheriffs, who are elected to office and actually represent the people of their counties, are rising up in opposition to SB 941. As elected representatives of their counties, they have every right to take a stand. (It should be noted that the Sheriff of Grant County, who came to oppose this bill, did not use a dime of taxpayer's money to attend, though he could have.) People like Johnson are employees of the City and should not be taking political stands unless directed to by their bosses. Did the City of Lake Oswego authorize this particular abuse? We have reason to believe they did not. If you're curious why not ask the City Council (CouncilDistribution@ci.oswego.or.us) a simple question? Did you authorize your Chief of Police to use his office and uniform to attack my rights and advance a personal agenda? We look forward to hearing from them.