Oregon Republicans and Democrats Kill Sweeping Gun Control Bill


In a deal to pass a major education package in Oregon, Democrats agreed to abandon a sweeping gun control measure, according to published reports. (
In a deal to pass a major education package in Oregon, Democrats agreed to abandon a sweeping gun control measure, according to published reports.

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Beaver State gun owners are breathing easier in the aftermath of a GOP legislative maneuver that saw state Senate Republicans return to the chamber floor this week to help pass a major education funding bill, because Democrats agreed to kill a sweeping gun control package in exchange, according to the Salem Statesman-Journal.

The newspaper said Republicans had staged a four-day walkout that ended “Monday after securing major Democratic concessions.” One of those concessions was stopping Senate Bill 978.

But the Oregon Firearms Federation (OFF), while congratulating state gun rights activists for their efforts, also cautioned against celebrating just yet.

“Anti-rights zealot Senator Ginny Burdick promised that gun grabbing bills would fail ‘over my dead body’ and the last time we checked Burdick was still with us,” OFF said in a prepared statement. “Rest assured she will be doing everything she can to revive and least some of the onerous elements of SB 978.”

In an email to AmmoLand News, OFF noted, “There are three other gun bills that are not dead…It’s not over till the last Prius leaves the building.” Those other bills are House Bill 2505, House Bill 3299 and House Bill 3329, OFF said.

Republicans had walked out a few days earlier, leaving Senate Democrats without the required number of votes. The Senate needs 20 votes present to take action. There are 18 Democrats in the Senate. When Republicans returned, the gun control bill, SB 978, immediately became a casualty of political warfare over constitutional rights versus anti-rights activism.

Under SB 978, Oregonians would have faced a variety of new regulations including safe storage, allowing gun dealers to raise the minimum age for purchasing firearms, accessories, and components, added prohibitions on where armed citizens could carry, mandatory theft or loss reporting within 72 hours, empowered the Oregon Health Authority to set minimum specifications for trigger and cable locks, and locked containers, and a raft of other requirements. The bill spanned 26 pages.

(Dave Workman photo)

According to the Salem Statesman-Journal, Burdick, a Portland Democrat who has been in the legislature more than two decades, vowed to “continue pushing for gun control measures in future sessions.”

“When we have a school shooting just about almost every day these days we cannot afford to just give up,” Burdick told the newspaper.

But is that an accurate statement? Not according to a list found at Wikipedia, a story by FactCheck.org or an earlier report from NPR about “The school shootings that weren’t.”

What happened in Oregon should be a warning to gun owners south of the Columbia River about the challenges that may be coming over the horizon. With Democrats in firm control of the State Legislature in Salem, at least for the time being, the potential for more restrictive proposals seems almost guaranteed. They aren’t getting the financial support that their contemporaries in Seattle and the Puget Sound Basin enjoy in neighboring Washington, but anti-gunners in the Willamette Valley are a busy bunch.

That much was confirmed by KATU News by interviewing Penny Okamoto, executive director of Ceasefire Oregon.

“Where is the leadership on this issue,” she demanded. “You do not have to pit money for kids’ education versus a law that is going to save the lives of kids. There is no reason to pit those two against each other, that’s ridiculous.”

According to KATU, Okamoto is hopeful that the Senate “takes up SB 978 once again.” According to the Statesman-Journal, she was in disbelief that lawmakers agreed to let SB 978 die in deference to passing the multi-billion dollar education package.

This may be a reminder to Oregon anti-gunners that, in politics, big money education packages sell a lot better than gun control, even along the I-5 corridor.

About Dave WorkmanDave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

  • 27 thoughts on “Oregon Republicans and Democrats Kill Sweeping Gun Control Bill

    1. I have 3 very simple solutions. 1. everybody develop a list of the senators/congressmen and email/call them daily harassing them when there is gun control bills and anything else unconstitutional being put forth. 2. everybody email/call the republicans daily when there is an unconstitutional bill being put forth and tell them not to entertain a decorum and walk out on the democrats. 3. everybody purchase and put up OregonPushBack signs everywhere they can think of and conduct grassroots level activism.

      1. I’m a gun owner with conceal carry, but I still believe, that not everyone should be able to carry because you’re American. There’s bad Americans out there that can legally carry, but shouldn’t.

    2. Of the House Bills that remain “live” the one to watch is HB3299. The bill contains the same line 2: “Relating to firearms” which allowed the dumpster fire amendment to SB 978.

    3. Thanks for bringing this info out Dave. To add to it, I did feel relieved a bit when the libtards gave in to the Republican pressure this time, even though we are a seriously dangerously small minority in Salem. The dems were forced to give up their feeble attempt to pass not one but two anti-constitutional bills this session; the gun control bill and the forced vaccination bill, in order to get their new $2B gross receipts tax bill (so-called “education” bill) passed. This bill has virtually nothing to do with education funding, but rather another business tax hike, designed to remove an additional 2B out of the Oregon economy and into the libtard controlled and wildly financially defunct and mismanaged state budget. They say the money is to fund schools, but there is no language in the bill guaranteeing that – it will likely go to fund the seriously defunct and wildly unpopular public employee retirement system, otherwise known in Oregon as the “black hole”. Some of these PERS recipients were teachers, hence the “education funding” verbiage used to pass the bill.

      What a phukking joke. We all know the libtards will continue their March to push unconstitutional law in this state. When they finally get their way I will be moving my family to a free state. This is certainly not the same state I grew up in. Absolutely disgraceful. I will say that this recent unpopular push by the libtards here to remove freedom and liberty has caused thousands to “walk away” from the Democrats, which is slightly promising.

      1. Well said G Dubb! PERS is eating us alive and these tax bills are a smoke and mirrors way of feeding the monster. I’ve seen how things have changed since coming here at age 12. This state had real men, statesmen like Mark Hatfield and Tom McCall. Now it’s Kate and her minions. Valley politics suck!

        Thanks for the article Dave!

      2. Same with me, I’m moving to Idaho, away from my home state. Portland is become literally a cess pool, just like San Francisco. It’s impossible to have a free speech rally without wearing protective gear against the bottles of urine and rocks thrown by Antifa. Oregon is a beautiful state that has been run into the ground by liberals.

        1. Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Arizona have been californicated. Next they’ll move east into Idaho, Utah and New Mexico. The liberals won’t stop until they’ve californicated the entire country. Thank God I’ll be long gone by the time that happens.

      1. We already have that tool. We need to USE it.

        Swearing their oath of office to uphold and enforce the federal and state constitutions, then failing to KEEP that oath, is felony perjury. When a few of these dirtbags masquerading as “representatives” start getting felony charges laid upon them, some others may make informed decisions to change their own tunes to avoid the same fate.
        Once felony charges are laid, no guns, no votes, suspended from duties of public office, until tiral. If convicted, still no guns, no vote, no holding public office, no security clearance, and very likely no longer being able to move about or associate freely, no more lawyering, and great difficulty in securing ANY employment, and, if the jury is upright and honest, no more moving about freely, as the walls within which such felons live, at least for a season, will be grey bars…… and their clothing unremarkable.

    4. You have to wonder how many guns, ammo and gun related products were bought because of Senator Ginny Burdick’s anti-gun B.S.? A friend of mine doesn’t even live in the state and is going to buy a couple of boxes of ammo in her honor.

    5. What ever tactic you have to use is acceptable to me to curb this rash of gun control legislation. The democrats are certainly not above it, time to take off the gloves and go at it.

    6. Bar Gainers they are. More West Coast Wizardry taught by the destroyers of the Republic from Seattle, The Former Emerald City.
      > A quote from the above stated article: ” the gun control bill, SB 978, immediately became a casualty of political warfare over constitutional rights versus anti-rights activism.”
      > This is an element of BARGAINING.
      > The problem, at the center of the attack on the 2nd Amendment, is the simple fact that these so called “Elected Officials” continue to use IT, the 2nd, as some sort of POLITICAL Football.
      Apparently, many consent and assume that they can “Just Kick IT Around”.
      Whom is that, ……..those of “Consent”?
      Fools continue to use and abuse, Constitutional Rights as ‘Their Bar-Gaining Tools.”
      Foolish…..very foolish indeed.

      1. Dems are far more concerned with keeping the powerful teachers union happy. Thats where the real money is.
        And , in the end, its not really about the children its about the loot.

      1. There are more Democrats than Republicans in Oregon, so that would be difficult. Both parties are outnumbered by independents though, so if you can convince enough of them to vote with the Republicans, there’s your solution.

    7. “Where is the leadership on this issue,” she demanded. “You do not have to pit money for kids’ education versus a law that is going to save the lives of kids. There is no reason to pit those two against each other, that’s ridiculous.”
      I have to agree with Okomoto and this statement. Why should OUR CHILDREN be left in “no gun zones” that EQUAL “FREE LARGE TARGET ZONES”?
      It is time to remove the “MULTIPLE TARGET ZONES” that put OUR CHILDREN, even if it is only ONE CHILD, in danger of people who are WANTON to harm others.
      It is time to either assign a ratio of Police, who are NOT AFRAID to go after a WANTON FELON, FULL TIME to the schools.
      Allow Teachers, Instructors who are willing to PROTECT OUR ONE CHILD, after being trained, to use the RIGHT which the Second Amendment REAFFIRMS in order to PROTECT each of OUR CHILDREN who are FORCED to go onto school property.

    8. Burdick and her pals from Portland metro area wield a lot of power due to the population concentration in that region of Oregon. Together with the high percentage of liberal-left airheads in Eugene, it is going to be an uphill battle for Oregon Second Amendment advocates and rural districts, often one and the same.
      I fear this was at best a stop-gap effort, and those wild-eyed anti-gun zealots like Burdick will keep up their misguided mania. We need to concentrate on getting the facts and truth out in front of their propaganda and falsehoods.

    9. Since when did ANY law(s) save the lives of kids? Laws are only effective if obeyed. Criminals don’t obey laws. Why do folks listen to anything Ceasefire Oregon has to say? P.S. I find it amazing liberals are all in for gun control but oppose mandatory sentencing laws.

      1. Authorities told the Staff they didnt need firearms to protect the kids, They said we’ll protect them, And we seen how well that went, Lots of people died waiting for the protectors to arrive..According to the official story, Adam Lanza spent a little time trying to break through a window in Newtown, He could have been stopped right then and there if a teacher would have been armed!!

        1. I have on occasion played out this scenario in my mind’s video camera:

          Newtown school shooter busts into front door, using rifle, Lots of noise Front desk folks immediately draw their own lawfully carried arms, as perp walks up the hallway to the front desk, he catches a glimpse of two employees drawing down on himself. He instantl turns and walks down another hallway avoiding them and their drawn pistols.

          Comes to first classroom, whose teacher REALLY loves her kids.. I’m talking about the one who used her own body to shield them, absorbing the bullets he intended for the children. Instead of having to sacrifice her own body that some kids MIGHT live, she has sacrificed sigificant time, money, sweat, to be trained, get her own carry handgun and a suitable carry rig that WORKS for HER, ahd keep her edge in her skill level. SO, when dirty perp slowly begins opening the door into HER classroom, his first, SHE has had her students get into a good concealment position behind where the door opens, and SHE posts herself to have a clear and clean shot at the perp as he enters the classroom oh so slowly. She has also well trained her beloved charges on HOW to conduct themselves, so they are well-arranged behind their upturned desks, and quietly waiting and trusting that SHE will do her part to save their lives.
          As perp enters, he doesn’t see anyone in his line of sight, so he slowly begins his move to look behind the inward opening door , certain his “helpless putative victims” will be there, and easy targets for him. What he fails to see immediately is the TEACHER, who has concealed herself and her well-known handgun, gun at the low ready, waiting for him to creep round the corner. He does so, and when she has a clear shot at him, which happens before he sees HER, she commences firing, continuing until he is verified to be out of action, and no longer a threat. Score, justice One, Perp Zero.

          But the scummy politicians hold that 20 dead children lying on the floor of their classrooms in pools of their own blood, the teacher lying atop three of them trying to absorb the bullets intended for them, is a higher moral value than that same teacher being armed and trained, costing the taxpayers NOTHING, trained, equipped, and ready to defend her beloved charges, the very ones this teacher laid down her own life to try and protect., but in vain.

          And politicians like this eedjit HOLD this MORAL VALUE SYSTEM as sacrosanct. THEY are the ones need the jail time for their felony level perjury for violating their oaths of office.

      2. Criminals are a very important constituency for Democrats, hence liberal judges are soft on crime. It makes sense, because they are only protecting their own kind. Who cares about law, integrity, reverence, honor, right, and good will, when all that matters is conquest?

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