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Oregon SB 554: Republican Scam Allowed It To Pass

The Republicans had one option to kill this bill and prevent the Democrats from placing you at risk for prison time.

Oregon SB 554

Oregon SB 554: Republican Scam Allowed It To Pass

This Train Wreck Was Planned

As you know, this past Thursday, the Oregon Senate passed SB 554, a direct attack on persons with Oregon Concealed Handgun Licenses. This assault was based on nothing except the Democrat’s blind hatred for gun owners.

The Democrats gave no examples of CHL holders in Oregon shooting up libraries or bus shelters. This extreme attack on the rights, and even the freedom of Oregon’s most law abiding citizens, was motivated by nothing more than the “feelings” of liberals whose mental stability is clearly in question.

The following 6 Republican Senators have now all but guaranteed that CHL holders who go too close to a public building will face 5 years in prison.

Remember their names!

Fred Girod 503-986-1709
Bill Hansell 503-986-1729
Lynn Findley 503-986-1730
Dick Anderson 503-986-1705
Bill Kennemer 503-986-1720
Tim Knopp 503-986-1727

We know, unequivocally, that most of the Senators who were not there, walked out to protest this bill.  The Republicans who were on the floor all voted “no.”  And this is where the sideshow begins.

We have repeatedly noted that the Republicans who were on the floor assisted in the passage of this bill.  Their “no” votes were immaterial, meaningless, theater.

Once that bill came to the floor, it was guaranteed to pass.

The Republicans knew that. Every single one of them. And any one of them that says differently is a liar or a fool.

The Democrats have complete dictatorial control over what passes and what does not. Period. That is the end of the story. Bills do not reach the floor of the Senate unless Senate President Courtney knows he has the votes to pass them.  You can research yourself and see how incredibly rarely a bill is voted down on the floor. And SB 554 was no different.

The six Republicans who showed up on the floor on Wednesday allowed the Democrats to schedule the bill for Thursday simply by showing up. Once the bill was on the floor for a vote, it was going to pass.

The Republicans had one option to kill this bill and prevent the Democrats from placing you at risk for prison time. And that was to walk out and deny quorum, a lawful, constitutional tactic that was used in the past to stop the Democrat’s radical and hate filled agenda.  They all knew that, and six Senators stayed away.  The others remained, gave a meaningless  “no” vote, assisted Democrats in their agenda …and then ginned up the spin machine.

For a moment of entertainment, have a look at this video of Senator Lynn Findley “explaining” the important reasons he folded and let the Democrats screw gun owners.

There are a couple of take-aways from his comments.

In an email to unhappy gun owners, Findley wrote “…my Republican colleagues and I used every tool we had at our disposal to prevent this bill from passing as it is currently written.”

But his discussion of a ballot measure to reverse the bill  and all they would do to provide “ammunition” make it clear that he understood the bill’s passage was a foregone conclusion.

Other turncoat Senators have also suggested that if the voters were unhappy with their sellout they could simply do a ballot measure to reverse it.

And while this is technically correct, what Findley and the others don’t mention is that gun owners will also have to mount extremely expensive ballot measures to undo the other gun control bills that the Republicans are going to let pass including:

Mandatory Lock Ups

Endless Delays  and

A revocation of preemption which will have the same effect as SB 554 (and more) even if 554 is defeated at the ballot box.

Also not mentioned by any of them that we know of, will be the costly battle to stop the gun control ballot measures being filed by the well funded anti-gun extremists even now.

But surely all these good folks will be eager to help fund the insanely expensive battles that their actions made necessary right?

In spite of all the nonsense and posturing, these 6 knew that showing up on the Senate floor on Wednesday and Thursday was the beginning of the end for gun rights in Oregon.

SB 554 now goes over to the House. 

The House Republicans under Christine Drazan have indicated they cannot walk out because they face $500.00 per day fines if they do so. However, that rule was adopted by a vote. A vote the House Republicans participated in knowing that rule would be included and knowing that they did not have the votes to stop it.

Agreeing to vote on that rule created a perfect excuse for them to take the easy way out. Numerous other bills, as mentioned above, are moving on the House side.  If the House Republicans don’t take a stand, and the leadership of the Senate Republicans does not change, it’s doubtful that there will be much left to save at the end of this session.


Adapted from an article on Oregon Firearms Federation. Read full article here.

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