SB 941 has passed the Oregon House. That was the last stop before it goes to the Governor who will sign it.
Today's debate was very long. The House Republicans gave it all they had. We are indebted to them, but, in spite of mountains of evidence that this bill will do nothing but hurt the law abiding, the House Democrats just continued to parrot the same tired lies they have been telling since the bill was introduced. Oregon will soon have one of the worst background check requirements in the country.
The carrier of the bill willfully mislead the chamber about what the bill did, but it really didn't matter. The minds were made up.
Three Democrats joined all the Republicans voting no. They were Jeff Barker, Brad Witt and Caddy McKeown. We appreciate their support.
Two Democrats we thought we could count on folded. They were Debbie Boone and Brian Clem.
We think at this point we will see more legislation related to this issue before the session is over, but that could turn out to be another false promise, or it could make things worse, but no matter what, we will keep you informed.
We want to say to each and every one of you who worked tirelessly and against the odds, that we are truly and deeply thankful. Your efforts were heroic in the face of a very deceitful majority. We also want to say the battle does not end. As you know, many counties and sheriffs are on record opposing this and we believe there are still opportunities to throw up roadblocks. We will be exploring all of them.
Now that the bill is passed, the clock is no longer ticking and we can take our time in planning responses.
But one thing won't wait. As you know there are recalls underway for three of the supporters of this bill. There may be more in the future. Please do all you can to support these efforts.
Val Hoyle Recall
Chuck Riley/Susan McLain Recall
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