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Oregon: Gun Bills to be Heard in Abbreviated Legislative Season

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by pokerace, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. pokerace

    pokerace Newberg Well-Known Member

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    Oregon: Gun Bills to be Heard in Abbreviated Legislative Season


    The 2012 session of the Oregon Legislature convenes this Wednesday, February 1. Several pro-gun and anti-gun bills are expected to be introduced during this thirty day session. The following is a brief update of bills that will be making their way through the process:

    Senate Bill 1550, introduced by state Senate President Pro Tem Ginny Burdick (D-18), would amend ORS 166.370 by creating a new prohibition, also a Class C felony, on possessing “a firearm or other instrument used as a dangerous weapon, while on school grounds.” The definition of “school grounds” would specifically include not just K-12 schools, colleges, and universities (as the “public building” ban does), but also community colleges. This bill is in response to the Oregon Court of Appeals ruling which ruled that universities do not have the authority to ban License to Carry a Concealed Handgun (LCCH) holders from carrying on campus grounds.

    Senate Bill 1551, also authored by state Senator Burdick (D-18), is even more dangerous than SB 1550, in that it expands the prohibition on carrying in public buildings.

    State Senator Floyd Prozanski (D-4), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is trying his hand at the gun bill game by introducing Senate Bill 1574, a measure that would set up a system whereby Oregon LCCH holders could enjoy limited reciprocity with other states. Unfortunately, this measure is narrow in scope in that it allows for "subsets" of reciprocal licenses that would be dependent upon national databases available to law enforcement in the field called "verifiable reciprocal licenses." This could create a scenario whereby an individual carrying a concealed firearm on a reciprocal license that was not a "verifiable reciprocal license," could be arrested and the validity of the license would be a matter to be resolved in a subsequent investigation and prosecution. Senator Prozanski has rebuffed the NRA in crafting a clean and concise reciprocal LCCH measure in favor of one that could put law-abiding gun owners at risk, which is why the NRA is opposing SB 1574.

    Two pro-gun bills have also been introduced: House Bill 4045, by state Representative Kim Thatcher (R-25), would allow for the confidentiality of LCCH holders’ personal information, and House Bill 4054, by state Representative Jim Thompson (R-23), would prohibit the Public Employees' Benefit Board from authorizing or requiring the collection of information or maintenance of records about firearms from eligible employees or family members applying for health benefits. Representative Thompson's bill was introduced after the efforts of state Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-30), who secured commitments from both Kaiser Permanente and the Public Employee's Benefit Board to purge gun ownership data that had been collected after implementing a new employee initiative called the "Health Engagement Model" where information related to firearm ownership was required to be submitted on the initiative's questionnaire. After Senator Ferrioli's inquiries, both plans dropped the questions related to firearms.
     
  2. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Never hear LCCH used to discribe a CHL before is this some new thing?
     
  3. CharonPDX

    CharonPDX Portland, OR Active Member

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    I have a meeting scheduled with Ms. Burdick to discuss the fact that many of her constituents are against her proposed bills. I'll let you know how it goes next week.
     
  4. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    While I admire your effort, I'd be very surprised if you get more than lip service from her. She's introduced pretty much the same bills in every leglislative session I can remember. Her response to the Oregonian was that she "had" to introduce those bills as a counter to the CHL privacy bill introduced by another OR legislator.
     
  5. coupeowner

    coupeowner SW Portland Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    As a member of her District, I just sent her an email w/ my thoughts on her two bills. I would encourage others to do the same.

    sen.ginnyburdick@state.or.us
     
  6. BSG 75

    BSG 75 Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I heard Burdick on the radio discussing guns Unpacking Heat · Think Out Loud . Because she grew up in a "hunting family" she thinks she has credibility on the issue. She recounted how her family taught her that if she ever saw someone she didn't know holding a gun she should leave the area immediately. What great advice! I wonder what she would do at a public shooting range or at a gun show. Imagine if we all followed that advice. As soon as we saw someone we didn't know at a range or gun show holding a gun, we would all run out of there. That is a sample of the gun "wisdom" Burdick operates under.
     
  7. CharonPDX

    CharonPDX Portland, OR Active Member

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    Excellent!

    One tip: Do *NOT* make it inflammatory. Make it fact-based. If it's blatantly obvious that you are someone who has never considered, and will never consider voting for them, politicians just ignore you. You have to make it clear that you are a reasonable person, who dislikes their position, which you consider unreasonable. Back it up with facts. That is the best way to not only get an actual reply, but also the chance to sway their position.
     
  8. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Ginny is a broken record and anti-gun enough to make the brady group blush. She keeps introducing these insane bills, keeps getting turned down, and the mentally challenged residents keep reelecting her.