Eugene area Democrat Senator Floyd Prozanski continued his contemptible way in dealing with the public on his “incoherent,” “incomprehensible,” “vindictive” bill stealing Oregonians’ Second Amendment rights by pulling another legislative-sleight-of-hand in the wee hours of this morning.
Of course he did.
As I previously pointed out,the phalanx of new guns regulations contained in Senate Bill 978 started out as a brief four paragraph ‘bill.’ Three amendments to it have ballooned the skimpy bill into a multi-thousand word sweeping change of the Oregon gun laws.
Oregon Firearms Federation chief Kevin Starrett reports that Prozanski pulled another fast-one last night, hours before a scheduled vote on the bill. Prozanski waited until after midnight and added a fourth 44 page amendment to the bill.
Starrett sent out this email blast called, “While You Were Sleeping”:
“In the still of the night, (12 .16 am this morning to be exact) Floyd Prozanski introduced yet another 44 page amendment to SB 978. This would be the “dash 4″ amendment.
It makes changes to several provisions of previous amendments including definitions of “untraceable” and “undetectable” firearms and the new prohibitions on being near a public building or airport with a firearm. Although the bill was scheduled to be voted on in the Senate Judiciary Committee today, it was moved to tomorrow’s schedule. They may very well sneak in more proposed amendments in the middle of the night before then.SB 1040 was also moved to tomorrow’s schedule. So far one amendment has been introduced to that bill. More could be coming. The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet tomorrow to move these bills at 8.15 am .HB 2013 was scheduled to be heard today in the House Judiciary Committee. That bill was also postponed until tomorrow awaiting amendments which have not been posted as of the time of this alert.Stay tuned. The fight goes on.” [emphasis added]
Oregon Democrats will hold a work session on “a bill” that, if passed, would result in worse gun laws than in New Jersey and California. SB 978 is about four paragraphs long, but has ‘amendments’ that expand the bill to well over 100 pages. It’s nothing short of a “pass the bill to find out what’s in it” nightmare.
See what real Oregon gun owners said about the proposed gun law changes at a hearing on the “bill” here.
Aside from shoe-horning these confiscatory gun bills into the books through their legislative super-majorities, Eugene Democrat and Senate Judiciary Committee Chair, Floyd Prozanski, moved this ‘bill’ along in a ‘gut and stuff’ fashion. There’s a reason there’s a cliche about “sausage making” in politics.
But we found out in a series of surprise “amendments” to the proposed “bill” revealed literally minutes before the hearing, that the four paragraph skeleton bill was a place-holder for every Michael Bloomberg, Everytown USA-Moms-Demand-Action wet dream ever conceived.
Worse, the Democrats use the oldest trick in the book and declared the bill an ’emergency’ thereby requiring it be implemented within 90 days and prohibited it being referred to the voters as allowed by Oregon law.
“This vindictive, incoherent bill … makes it virtually impossible to leave the home with a firearm.”
As I said in my previous post on this:
The bill … is a power grab that is so massive, so breathtaking, that it would arguably prevent people from using their legal concealed carry permits because so many new places could be defined as no-go-zones for legal gun carriers. It would turn “hundreds of thousands” of legal gun owners into felons overnight. It would require that guns be locked up, an issue that animated many of those testifying against the bill.
It would also impose an age limit on gun use, making even military veterans unable to use a civilian firearm. Ridiculous.
Starrett told Dana Loesch of NRA TV that this is an all-hands-on-deck situation. See the video here.
The NRA is holding two work shops along the Oregon coast to educate and motivate gun owners to fight back.
RSVP for Coos Bay workshop at Public Library on MONDAY NIGHT at 6:30pm is HERE.
RSVP for Newport workshop on TUESDAY NIGHT at 6:30pm at Holiday Inn is HERE.
Here’s what NRA-ILA said about the bigger issues in these “amendments”:
Imposing one-size-fits-all, government mandated firearm storage methods that require firearms be unavailable for self-defense and does not consider personal circumstances.
Discriminating against young adults under the age of 21 by denying them their Second Amendment rights
Expanding so called “gun-free zones” where law-abiding citizens are left defenseless against criminals who simply ignore such arbitrary boundaries.
Imposing additional government red tape in order to obtain a Concealed Handgun License.
In addition, the “bill” makes a gun owner responsible for ANY SUBSEQUENT CRIME that occurs with that weapon after a criminal steals it.
Folks, if your car is stolen prosecutors don’t hold you accountable if the car thief hits or kills someone with the vehicle.
I’ll be spending some hours going through the “bill” (amendments) to determine more surprises contained therein. I suggest you do the same. Send me your feedback at Victoria@VictoriaTaft.com.
The Portland Public Schools and Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero are being sued in federal court for using tax money to orchestrate a mass anti-gun mass walk-out by students.
The civil rights lawsuit, brought by two sets of Portland parents, allege that Portland Public Schools went to great lengths to produce the 2018 demonstrations which saw thousands of students leave classrooms and take pictures of themselves with anti Second Amendment, anti NRA and anti-gun signs.
The parents’ attorney, James Buchal, a civil rights attorney and head of the Multnomah County Republican Party, said the lawsuit “demonstrates the extraordinary degree to which PPS officials have misused scarce educational resources for narrowly partisan and political objectives.”
The 31-page complaint included emails and photos demonstrating what Buchal said was collusion between administrators and school officials to work with anti-gun groups to “groom” students into ‘leading’ the walk outs.
The complaint reads in part:
“A continuous disinformation effort was made by defendants to portray demonstration efforts as student-led. For example, an Assistant Principal at Laurelhurst School reported on February 27th: “We just got off the phone with our Sr. Director and his guidance was to keep this as student centered as possible.” He suggested that teachers identify useful studentproxies so that he and another school official could have lunch with them for event planning, though phrasing his request as “see[ing] what they want to do” (See Exhibit 26). Offering young students who took one side of a controversial political issue private lunches with senior school officials is and was intended to be seductive, to groom, recruit and motivate students to the political cause favored by defendants, in order to reinforce and achieve the political goals of the defendants. Upon information and belief, no PPS administrator or teacher invited pro-Second- Amendment students to have lunch with them to see what they wanted to do, and PPS offered no school resources to pro-gun students similar to those PPS provided to anti-gun students.”
In fact, the lawsuit shows memos, flyers, emails (using official PPS email system and contacts) and other examples of teachers and administrators plotting to, not only organize the advertised “student led” walk outs, but providing helpful maps on walk out map routes around schools, lesson plans, and the official color students should wear:
A teacher provided students with how to write and lobby elected officials for gun control:
The lawsuit also alleges that developmentally disabled students were used by organizers to hold signs even though they couldn’t understand them:
“Even younger, or developmentally disabled students, incapable of reasoned choice as to participation, were pressed into service as pawns and props by defendants. Oneparent complained: “Our special needs 5th grader doesn’t understand why he had to wear a sign around his neck and march around the school….” (Exhibit 29) (Nextdoor posting)).”
It was so obviously a school-led event that parents had to opt out their children or they’d be required to participate in the walk out.
Schools changed their bell schedules to add an extra period so students breaking the district’s own policies wouldn’t be marked absent.
The walk outs were an orchestrated commemoration of the 17 students murdered at the Majory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida in 2017 by a mentally deranged gunman and former student.
The shooting was horrible enough of course, but Buchal provided proof that students were “emotionally manipulat[ed]” by “misleading propaganda” to “create political theater designed to manipulate public opinion and pressure elected officials to ban guns.”
Buchal says there was never mention of the Parkland school’s own complicity in the violence, beginning with the PROMISE program that refused to arrest and treat the mentally ill student, to the armed school resource officer who cowered outside while students were being shot inside the school.
Buchal, a Harvard educated and Yale trained lawyer, argues that by forcing parents to subsidize the political activities of teachers and administrators, it “… violates their First Amendment rights, and that the pervasive climate of indoctrination and intimidation within the Portland schools also unconstitutionally interferes with the free speech rights of students. The suit also seeks to compel PPS to complete its long-overdue response to the Public Records Act request, pointing out that the Multnomah County District Attorney previously ordered PPS to complete the production by December 6th.
I would have posted this last Thursday when I heard about it, but family commitments prevented it. However, the later timing allowed me to see the ‘coverage’ this important story got.
Willamette Week headlined its story “Multnomah County GOP Chairman Sues Portland Public Schools Over Gun Control Protests,” intentionally leaving the impression that it was the GOP bringing the lawsuit. Nothing wrong with that if it were the truth, but it’s not.
It was also amusing to see the AP story about it, which included a quote from the District spokesman calling the lawsuit “baseless.”
Former Oregonian political-writer-turned “director of strategic communications and outreach” for PPS, Harry Esteve, sees it as “baseless” I suppose because to see it otherwise might encourage citizens to look at Buchal’s legal exhibits revealing Esteve’s latent and overt fingerprints all over this manufactured event.
Claim: “When women die in Oregon, they die at the hands of guns.” Which means that we’ve beaten heart disease and cancer, ladies!
Daylight Disinfectant was given extraordinary access to a recent anti gun confab with shooting victim turned anti gun activist former Congresswoman Gabby Gifford recently in Portland, Oregon. Between comments suggesting gun grabbing laws be cloaked under the guise of public health standards like seatbelt laws, there were self satisfied smiles, and much anthropomorphizing of guns (when guns are dangerous…), it was quite a smug fest.
They claim to love victims, but seeks to create more through their efforts to curb access. Watch the video.
Congressman Duncan Hunter sends BATFE demand letter about raid at gun dealer Ares Armor.
San Diego Congressman Duncan Hunter has fired off a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) demanding an explanation of the raid of the San Diego area Ares Armor gun stores.
As you can see in my backgrounder here, Ares Armor CEO Dimitri Karras is fighting back against the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ raid on March 15th at his store fronts and storage facilities in San Diego county carting off all the
computers containing customer information.
Karras sold “80% lower receivers” at his National City store. Eighty percent lowers are the foundations of gun. They don’t shoot, yet the BATFE has now changed its position, according to Karras, and considers the plastic handle a “gun” it has the right to regulate. This is tantamount to regulators saying they should be able to tax the receiver of a landline as a functioning phone.
On Friday I talked with Karras on KOGO Radio (Listen here) about what happens next. He’s lawyered up and they’re in a waiting mode until the Feds are done with their “investigation.”
Dimitrios Karras is the in-your-face owner of San Diego’s Ares Armor gun dealerships. The gun dealer started with the towering sign on the roof of his National City store adorned with a silhouette of an AR 15 and continued to tweak local officials with his radio commercials which argue the sign is being targeted by city officials. Karras relentlessly challenges anyone he perceives as infringing on his and others’ Second Amendment rights.
On Saturday, officers from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) raided his National City store and confiscated the names of all his customers.Karras and his attorneys had won an injunction against such a raid but it was apparently lifted. See video from the raid below. Karras captured screen shots from his security cameras and mocked them on his Facebook page (see nearby).
At issue is what else is on Karras’ large sign. The words “Unserialized. No Registration. Legal.” As he explained to me on KOGO Radio February 17th (Hear the interview here), his National City store sells only the seat for a gun–the plastic lower base–which can be taken to a machine shop and, along with other components, turned into a weapon. He says guns manufactured by individuals for their own use are perfectly legal and within the scope of the 1968 gun law.
Karras is fighting battles on two fronts. He believes he was unconstitutionally targeted by National City officials for the content of his sign.The Mayor denies it, telling me the city is phasing out all roof top signs and that Karras should have known about the ordinance before he leased the spot.
But somebody else was interested in the content of that sign, too: The Feds. And now Karras is in their crosshairs. The BATFE considered the lower piece of the gun a weapon and demanded Karras turn over the names of all his customers. In a declaration seeking to halt the raid, Karras explained the Feds were wrong about their legal interpretation and vowed not to turn over the names of his customers. He refused until forced to at the point of a gun by the Feds on Saturday. Every person who purchased that equipment can expect a Federal agent to come knocking.
Karras is being represented by the same legal team who just won a big victory in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding conceal carry permits.