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Mayor Sam Adam's PortlandOnline Website[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Portland's Mayor ...Pathetic Media Whore[/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Portland's disgraced Mayor, and <broken link removed> , Sam Adams, having apparently run out of teen boys to "mentor" has turned his sights (such as they are) on firearms.
In a <broken link removed> issued today, timed so most local pro-gun talk show hosts had wrapped up for the week, Adams proposed sweeping new anti-gun regulations for the City of Portland.
Adams, whose predilection for underage lovers follows in the footsteps of <broken link removed> (a mentor of anti-gun extremist <broken link removed> ) is asking for comments on his proposals, which would violate Oregon law. The law follows:
166.170 State preemption. (1) Except as expressly authorized by state statute, the authority to regulate in any matter whatsoever the sale, acquisition, transfer, ownership, possession, storage, transportation or use of firearms or any element relating to firearms and components thereof, including ammunition, is vested solely in the Legislative Assembly. (2) Except as expressly authorized by state statute, no county, city or other municipal corporation or district may enact civil or criminal ordinances, including but not limited to zoning ordinances, to regulate, restrict or prohibit the sale, acquisition, transfer, ownership, possession, storage, transportation or use of firearms or any element relating to firearms and components thereof, including ammunition. Ordinances that are contrary to this subsection are void. [1995 s.s. c.1 §1]
In his press release, Adams actually brags about being a "founding member" of New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg's "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" an organization that is comical in its mindless pursuit of new gun restrictions each time their heavily restricted cities has a shooting...in spite of their gun restrictions.
We think it's safe to say that this latest PR stunt will backfire, just like everything else this sorry, freedom-hating loser has done. But anything can happen in Portland. So keep your powder dry.[/FONT]
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Request for your comments: Illegal gun initiatives
By Sam Adams
The illegal use of firearms is a long-standing community problem in the City of Portland. Changes to federal and state gun laws are needed. That is why I am a founding member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. At the state level, Ceasefire Oregon is advocating for common-sense gun safety laws. The Brady Campaign is working on gun education and lobbying on the national level.
But the enactment of state and federal gun safety laws is a slow and uncertain process. In the meantime, due to lax gun safety laws, cities like Portland get caught in the crossfire: literally and tragically.
During my first week as Commissioner of the Portland Police Bureau, I requested that the City Attorney research potential changes to the Portland City Code to effectively reduce gun-related crimes. Federal and state laws govern most, but not all, gun-related issues.
Over the past four days, eight shootings have occurred in Portland.
- OregonLive: Police respond to 7 shootings across N, NE, SE Portland...
- OregonLive: Portland police will step up presence after outbreak of shootings
- OregonLive: Portland Police investigate gang-related gunfire
Portland Police Bureau and the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, working in cooperation with other jurisdictions, have deployed additional resources to stop these activities. However, intervention is only part of the solution. A proactive, preventative strategy to limit guns from getting into the wrong hands and providing tougher penalties for gun-related crimes will play a critical role.
In summary, I am asking for public discussion on the following five gun safety initiatives:
- Impose a special curfew for juveniles who have been found by a court of law to have violated gun laws.
- Create new city crime of failure to control access to a firearm by a child
- Create new city crime of failure to report theft or loss of a firearm
- Increase penalties for possession of a loaded firearm in a public place
- Exclude people who have been found by a court of law to have violated firearms use or possession laws from areas of the City in which illegal use of firearms is markedly greater than other areas. Exclusions to be enforced through arrest for trespass, but with many variances available for necessary and non-harmful activities.
The attached draft Portland City Code provisions contain new or amended language that will assist law enforcement with the difficult job of limiting gun related crime.
Please view the draft by clicking here.
By Friday, September 3, 2010, please email me at [email protected] with any comments you have about the attached proposed local ordinance changes.