Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Important Oregon Firearm Bills on the Move!

The Oregon Firearms Federation has published an action alert detailing several pro-Second Amendment bills moving forward in the Oregon Legislature. One of the most ground breaking is HB 2463 and the changes it brings to concealed carry in Oregon. Oregon has thus far not recognized CHL holders from other states unless they had an Oregon concealed carry permit. HB 2463 creates reciprocity with all other states, and at the urging of OFF, citizens of Alaska and Vermont who can carry concealed without a CHL. Please contact your representative and ask them to support this important piece of legislation as it already has the backing (or at least no longer any active resistance) from Oregon Sheriffs.

Five additional pro-Second Amendment bills have been introduced in the Oregon senate: SB 567, 568, 569, 573 and 603. All of the bills have been introduced by Senator Brian Boquist. The details of these bills are as follows:

SB 567 Modifies authority of county sheriff related to issuance and revocation of concealed handgun license.*

SB 568 Prohibits specified units of government from adopting conditions of employment that regulate restrict or prohibit specified activities related to firearms.*

SB 569 Modifies definition of public place for purpose of certain city or county ordinances related to possession of loaded firearms.*

SB 573 Modifies circumstances under which person may petition for relief from prohibition on possession of firearms.*

SB 603 Defines readily accessible for purposes of prohibition on possessing readily accessible concealed handgun within vehicle.*

Please contact your representatives to ensure they support these important bills as well. The other side isn’t going to be complacent, in fact given the recent changes in political winds, they are more emboldened than they have been in years. The only way to ensure that we retain our Second Amendment rights is to stay on the offensive. These bills do just that, and importantly seem to be gaining support from the law enforcement community. That’s a great sign going forward!

Until next time!!!

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