Oregon’s First Anti-Gun Bill Hearings Announced
Your action need to prevent reversal of pro gun gains.
Oregon – -(AmmoLand.com)- The first hearing to reverse pro gun rights gains made in the 2009 session will be held on February 2nd at 8am.
(The pre-session hearing on this bill was scheduled for 8am. It was heard at 7.22 am before either Republican Senator had arrived.)
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold an “informational” hearing on SB603.
(Invited testimony only, neither OFF nor NRA was “invited.”)
SB 603 was actually a bill from 2009 which you may recall corrected an error in Oregon law that allowed a person with a felony conviction to petition to have his rights restored to BUY a gun, but then was forbidden from owning it
Your efforts for months finally got this error fixed, but now at the urging of the Department of Justice, Senator Floyd Prozanski has introduced SB 1008 to reverse the corrections he himself made in SB 603.
What’s so odd about this is that 603, which Prozanski rewrote to correct the mistake mentioned above, passed out of his committee with no opposition, passed the full Senate with no opposition, passed the House Judiciary and the full House with no opposition and then was re-passed by the Senate with no opposition.
Now Prozanski is claiming that a five page bill that was largely his own work, was a “drafting mistake” and must be overturned.
This is an amazing assertion.
He claims he did not understand the changes he himself made and that every other legislator AND the Governor made the same “mistake.”
(We strongly suggest you read both 603 and 1008. See if you think the 43 page 1008 is easier to understand than the 5 page 603.)
(Please see this link for the “rebuttal” Senator Prozanski asked us to post.)
It’s essential that you contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them not to rush to overturn this bill in a short “special” session. If they are, in fact, that confused, a rush to replace this simple bill with a 45 page “correction” would be a tremendous mistake.
Contact info for the Committee members and a sample message follow.
Floyd Prozanski CHAIR
900 Court St. NE, S-417, Salem, OR, 97301
Brian Boquist Vice Chair
900 Court St. NE., S-305, Salem, OR, 97301
900 Court St. NE., S-403, Salem, OR, 97301
900 Court St. NE., S-407, Salem, OR, 97301
900 Court St. NE., S-303, Salem, OR, 97301
Sample Letter: ____________________________________
SB 603 passed out of your committee with no opposition. It passed the Senate twice, with no opposition. Now it is being called a “drafting error.” SB 603 corrected a major error in Oregon law, and was thoroughly discussed and vetted. I strongly urge you not to reverse the gains made in this bill in the short time you have in the February “special session.”
In spite of what’s been said, SB 603 does NOT allow felons to walk out of prison and get firearms. In fact, there remain substantial hurdles to a restoration of firearms rights. Let’s give this law a chance to prove itself.
The Oregon Firearms Federation has proven itself to be Oregon’s only no compromise lobbying group, OFEF takes the same tough stands and serves as a vehicle for educating gun owners, promoting their rights and when necessary, fighting the freedom haters in court. Visit: www.oregonfirearms.org