Today, Linn County passed a Second Amendment Resolution that was also signed by the Linn County Sheriff.
The list grows almost daily. Everyone who has contacted their commissioners or showed up to support our Second Amendment rights is to be commended for their hard work and success. Our thanks also go out to every elected official who has had the courage to do the right thing and take a stand. Congratulations Linn County!
While the haters of liberty continue to push the lie that almost everyone in Oregon supports more restrictions on our rights, the growing number of counties who have created messages of support for the Second Amendment proves them wrong.
Jefferson County is scheduled to hear a Second Amendment Resolution tomorrow at 9AM. Please be in attendance if you can. Jefferson County Administrative offices are located at 66 SE D Street, Madras. The latest version of the resolution can be seen here.
On Thursday the Senate Judiciary Committee will be hearing SB 385.
SB 385 adds Municipal Courts and Justice Courts to the places that are off limits to CHL holders. This is dangerous, unneeded and misguided.
In Oregon most Courts are already "no self defense zones," as are the offices that serve the courts. It is illegal to have a firearm in "court facility." That means a "courthouse or that portion of any other building occupied by a circuit court, the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court or the Oregon Tax Court or occupied by personnel related to the operations of those courts, or in which activities related to the operations of those courts take place."
Municipal and Justice Courts very commonly meet in places like City Halls or local police stations. Not only do they share buildings with them, they often share rooms. If this bill passes, a room that is used for Municipal or Justice Court, even one day a week, will now be considered a "Court Facility." That would mean that those buildings would be off limits to CHL holders all the time, even when they were being used for things like City Council meetings.
What makes this bill all the more unnecessary is that the Municipal Court Judges already have the power to ban guns in their courtrooms if they choose to.
Please contact the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to vote no on SB 385.
Contact info and a sample message follow:
Senator Ginny Burdick firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Sara Gelser Sen.SaraGelser@state.or.us
Senator Floyd Prozanski Sen.FloydProzanski@state.or.us
Senator Jeff Kruze Sen.JeffKruse@state.or.us
Senator Kim Thatcher Sen.KimThatcher@state.or.us
SB 385, in your committee on Thursday, is a misguided and unneeded intrusion on the rights of Oregon citizens.
Municipal and Justice Courts almost always meet in facilities that are shared and used for other purposes. This bill would make those rooms and, sometimes whole buildings, off limits to licensed gun owners even when they were being used for purposes other than court.
Judges already have the power to ban guns there if they choose to.
I urge you to vote no on SB 385.
On another note, we'd like to introduce you to a new pro-gun forum by our friends at Oregun Shooters. It promises to be a lively place to visit and comment.
Thank you for your continued activism.
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