OFF ALERT 05/25/05
HB 2768 "RECONSIDERED"
Thanks to the many of you who made your voices heard, House Bill 2768 was "reconsidered" today and returned to committee.
As you know, HB 2768 started life as a bill that would have allowed persons with CHL's to purchase firearms without a background check.
As of the time this alert is being written, the Legislative Website still shows the bill in its original form.
However, in the House Judiciary Committee, the bill was "gut and stuffed" with entirely different language and the original language was deleted.
After numerous meetings with the Sheriffs and others, we did manage to include language that would allow military personnel to renew CHL's by mail, but in the end there were too many provisions that would have been dangerous to gun owners and we made our opposition clear.
The Sheriff had hoped to use this bill as a vehicle to give them more power to revoke or deny CHL's, and some of the language they insisted on including was simply too vague and open to abuse to be agreed to.
We hear regularly from people who have had bad experiences with misinterpretations of the law in its current form. Expanding the Sheriff's power without safeguards made no sense.
Although we expressed our opposition, and were made assurances that our concerns would be addressed, the bill passed out of Committee Friday.
Since then, you have done a magnificent job of being heard in Salem, and today the full House Judiciary Committee voted to reverse their earlier vote on the bill. This action by the full Committee was the only way to keep the bill from moving forward.
As of now, the bill will NOT be going to the House floor for a vote of the full House. This means that (as of now) it will also not get into the hands of gun hater Ginny Burdick on the Senate side.
The vote DOES NOT MEAN the bill is dead. So please stay tuned for new developments, but for now, your efforts have stopped it in its tracks and the bill is back in Committee, where we hope it will die.
Your commitment to grass roots activism has once again protected gun rights in Oregon. Thank you.
Remember folks, just a few concerned citizens who take the time and put in the effort to contact their representatives in government CAN make a difference. But we can never let an issue rest once we get a positive response. Keep up the effort, because the other side never sleeps.