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Oregon Lawmakers Targeting Gun Rights?

| by Gun Owners of America

By John Velleco

The good news:  a bill to protect the privacy of gun owners (HB 4045) passed the Oregon House yesterday overwhelmingly by a vote of 44-14.

The bad news: Senate Judiciary Chairman Floyd Prozanski recently declared all gun bills dead on arrival in the Senate.

The worse news: Two separate requests have been made recently for ALL concealed carry license (CHL) records from the State Police.

And the worst news: The State Attorney General has instructed the State Police to disclose the records.

HB 4045 protects the sensitive, private information of gun owners by prohibiting the government from disclosing the names of CHL holders.

If there was any doubt as to why this legislation is needed, that doubt has been removed by the revelation that two newspapers have made requests for the identification of all license holders – including current licenses, as well as those revoked, denied or expired.

We’ve seen this before, in other states.  Newspapers print a listing of gun owners, which not only destroys privacy, but could also result in political harassment, theft, and even criminal attack by a thug looking to score a weapon from a gun owner who lost the element of surprise.

This outrage cannot be allowed to move forward.  It is imperative that all Oregon friends of the right to keep and bear arms get involved RIGHT AWAY.

Please contact the Senate President, Peter Courtney, directly.  Insist that HB 4045 be taken up immediately, and that it come to the floor for a vote with NO weakening amendments. 

The privacy of tens of thousands of gun owners is in jeopardy, so please call or email right away – even if you’re not a CHL holder.

You can email Sen. Courtney at [email protected].

You can cut-and-paste the message below, or use as talking points:

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Dear Senator Courtney,

HB 4045 offers important protection for the sensitive, private information of gun owners by prohibits the government from disclosing the names of CHL holders.

One man, Sen. Floyd Prozanski, is single-handedly killing this bill.  I urge you, in the strongest possible terms, not to let this happen.

If there was any doubt as to why this legislation is needed, that doubt has been removed by the revelation that two newspapers have made requests for the identification of all license holders – including current licenses, as well as those revoked, denied or expired.

This outrage cannot be allowed to move forward.  Please insist that HB 4045 come to the floor immediately, and that it is passed with no weakening amendments.

Sincerely,