Port of Portland Decides To Obey The Law....Finally

Joe Link

Original article can be found here: https://www.oregonfirearms.org/

[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Port of Portland Decides To Obey The Law....Finally.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Sept 10, 2008

After a battle stretching back to 2004, the Port of Portland has finally rescinded its illegal ordinance against CHL holders at the Portland Airport.

As you may know, since 1996, the Port had a regulation forbidding persons with concealed handgun licenses from being in the Portland Airport. There was one small problem. The ordinance was unlawful.

Needless to say, the Port and their lawyers did everything they could to justify this violation of the law. Their bizarre interpretations of the law would have made a contortionist jealous. But they were wrong.

In 2005 and again in 2007, OFF members, through their unending activism, blocked a bill that would have expanded the police powers of the Port of Portland Police.

After the second legislative session where their plans were halted because of their refusal to obey the law, they finally got the message, and while it took far longer than it should have, the Port rescinded their bogus rule. The <broken link removed> took effect last month. CHL holders are no longer subject to specious and arbitrary arrest for doing something that is perfectly legal.

Make no mistake, the reason this happened is because of you.

In 2007, the sponsor of the bill to expand the Port's Police powers(House Rep Jeff Barker) actually withdrew his support for the bill after hearing from you about the Port's blatant violation of the law. Even when the chair of the House Judiciary Committee,(militant anti-rights, Greg MacPherson) tried to revive it, Barker stood firm.

This is a testament to the power of grass-roots activism, and you should be proud.

In the next legislative session, it is almost a sure thing that we will have an anti-gun majority. Barring a miracle, we will also have an anti-gun president, but that does not mean we cannot win.

Thank you for your relentless activism, it really makes a difference.

We would also like to thank and welcome all the new supporters who have joined OFF recently, no doubt encouraged by the success we can only credit to you.

Stay tuned, there are more battles ahead. We still await a final decision in our case defending government employees' rights to protect themselves and others (the Medford teacher issue.) but it's clear that we can win as long as you are willing to keep stepping up.[/FONT]
Excellent news!

I can do without the doomy-gloomy "Barring a miracle, we will also have an anti-gun president..." which is inaccurate and unnecessary. Polls have been neck-and-neck for quite some time now, which would indicate a need for effort, not miracles.
Can't rest with this victory. Conduct an immediate After Action Review, what was right and what was wrong, PMCS the equipment, get some rest and full belly of chow and get back in the fight. Time to start taking the (political) fight to them.



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