See post #22 for the latest update! Round 2 of the Senate merry-go-round! As you may, or may not, know SB1551 (expanded background check bill) was passed out of the Senate Judicial Committee and on the Senate Committee on Rules. Technically, the Judicial Committee didn't vote on the bill itself. If they had, it would be headed to the senate floor for a final vote by all the senators later this month. Instead, because it is the last day the Judicial Committee was in session, they voted to pack up SB1551 and its amendments and pass the file over to the rules committee. The Rules committee is still in session, so they could theoretically still work on the bill in the future, wait and twist more arms in the hopes of getting more votes, or just let it lay there and die at the end of the session. Either way, we need to keep an eye on it like a wounded and cornered animal. So, at this point, how can we keep the pressure up on them, and make sure that wounded, cornered animal stays down? 1. Contact the State Senate Judiciary Committee today! Let them know whats bad in the bill, why its a bad bill, etc. (and maybe CC: a couple key Judiciary members as well?) Diane Rosenbaum (D) Anti-2A 503-986-1700 Sen.DianeRosenbaum@state.or.us Ted Ferriolli (R) 503-986-1950 firstname.lastname@example.org Lee Beyer (D) 503-986-1706 Sen.LeeBeyer@state.or.us Ginny Burdick (D) Anti-2A 503-986-1718 email@example.com Bruce Starr (R) 503-986-1715 Sen.BruceStarr@state.or.us And/or send a message to your legislator! Legislator Lookup Or send the Senate President a friendly note! After all, he would have to agree to bring a gut-n-stuff bill to the floor: ​Senator Peter Courtney Capitol Phone: 503-986-1600 Email: Sen.PeterCourtney@state.or.us Website: Senator Peter Courtney Home Page 2. Get others involved! Watching the game with a group of like-minded buddies? During a break, spend a few minutes to protect your rights. Your buddies asking what your doing? Take advantage of the time to show them what your doing, and how easy it is to send your rep and the Senate rules committee a message! Pass this on to other website forums, gun ranges, other interested parties. Get the word out. Don't assume everyone knows. Please circulate this information and urge others to take 5 minutes to write and/or call. Start your own local group. We are working on helping others get started. This is more of a long-term project. But we need to not just be defensive in the future. 3. Don't forget to thank our friends! Is your state rep/senator voting no on this bill? Be sure to send them a thank you. Let them know your paying attention. Senator Betsy Johnson has been receiving a great amount of pressure from the gun-control lobby (see post #5 below). She's got our back on this issue, so please be sure to give her your support. Please give her a call, email, letter expressing your thanks for her efforts and strong will in standing up to these underhanded techniques. https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/johnson Sen.BetsyJohnson@state.or.us (503) 986-1716 Note: If you live in Senator Johnson's district, or know someone who does, and gets one of these pressure anti-gun phone calls, try to milk them for information so we can find out who's doing the telemarketing. Whats next? Get your second wind and keep an eye out. I dont know what exactly work sessions or hearings they have on SB1551. But I will do my best to keep folks updated in this thread. One can also subscribe to the Oregon Firearms Federation as well. If anyone has background on the above senators on the Senate Rules Committee, feel free to share.