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.
Here’s where the bill started:
That’s the whole bill. Four paragraphs.
Here’s where ‘the bill’ is now.
Forty four pages in “Amendment 1.”
Forty five pages in “Amendment 2.”
Forty four pages in “Amendment 3.”
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.
In short, as Kevin Starrett of the Oregon Firearms Federation has maintained :
“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.