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  • Motorcycle Gun Bill Becomes Law(OR)

    08/06/2011 5:47:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies · 1+ views ^ | 5 August, 2011 | Oregon Firearms Federation
    Governor Kitzhaber has signed Gun Bill HB 2792 into law. That’s good news and bad news. Salem, Oregon --( 2792 clarifies lawful carry of firearms on motorcycles, snowmobiles and all terrain vehicles. The “short “ version follows. As always, concealed handgun license holders can carry handguns any way they choose while on motorcycles. This was always so. However,until this bill became law, there was no practical way for a person to legally transport a handgun on a motorcycle if they did not have a CHL. Now those without licenses can carry handguns on motorcycles if they are in a locked...
  • Bill Nemitz: Could a gun have saved their lives? (Maine)

    07/29/2011 6:36:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 29 July, 2011 | Bill Nemitz
    Several years ago, back when concealed-weapon permits were easier to obtain than they are today, a crazy idea popped into Lois Reckitt's head. "I said, 'Why don't we have this demonstration -- why don't we have thousands of women go and get concealed-weapon permits to act as a deterrent?' " recalled Reckitt, the executive director of Family Crisis Services, in an interview this week. "Of course," Reckitt quickly added, "I was joking." Of course. But Monday's shootings of Renee Sandora and Trevor Mills, allegedly by Joel Hayden, Sandora's boyfriend, brings the statewide domestic-violence death toll to nine so far this...
  • Alameda sheriffs threaten to kill paraplegic man's dog in marijuana raid

    07/26/2011 10:43:35 AM PDT · by Immerito · 25 replies
    The Examiner ^ | July 21, 2011 | Russ Belville
    An Alameda County medical marijuana patient is reeling after sheriffs raided his garden and threatened to kill his pet dog today. Jason Rivera, a paraplegic who suffers severe chronic pain, was detained by sheriffs presenting a warrant at his recording studio. The warrant was based on the tip of an anonymous informant, said Rivera, recounting the statements of deputies on the scene. As sheriffs executed the warrant at the studio, one asked Rivera about searching his home. Rivera says the deputy threatened to kill his dog if he didn't cooperate. "We can do this the easy way and you can...
  • Jury awards $360,000 to building caretaker over urination dispute gone bad in downtown Portland(OR)

    07/05/2011 6:07:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 2 July, 2011 | Helen Jung
    A Multnomah County jury Friday ordered Nicholas Moyer Kassab and a friend to pay $362,500 to a downtown office building caretaker who confronted the men after Kassab -- the grandson of developer Tom Moyer -- allegedly urinated in the building's entryway. The verdict followed a four-day trial that touched on issues of class and privilege. "The only place that my client could find a neutral battlefield for his struggle against two rich and powerful men was in an American courtroom in front of a jury," said Greg Kafoury, the caretaker's attorney. "This is the highest form of justice." Richard Kuhn,...
  • Why do you carry? (OR)

    07/04/2011 4:03:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 36 replies ^ | 2 July, 2011 | Anderson
    Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a five-part series examining concealed weapons permits in Oregon and Idaho. ONTARIO — In recent national events, the Wisconsin Senate and House each voted to pass a law to allow residents of Wisconsin to own a concealed weapons permit. After the governor of the state signs the bill into law, Wisconsin will become the 49th state in the United States to allow it’s residents to possess and conceal a firearm, upon obtaining a license. The final state in the union to not allow for carrying is Illinois, where the debate is beginning to...
  • Deputies investigate Sunday shooting(OR)

    07/01/2011 7:30:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 28 June, 2011 | NA
    An inquiry about buying a dog ended with an assault in which one man said he was the victim of an unprovoked attack that forced him to shoot the attacker in self defense, Linn County authorities said. The shooting happened Sunday at 33105 Ridge Drive, west of Interstate 5, Sheriff Tim Mueller said Monday. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about 2:50 p.m. Sunday from John Allen Curran, who told deputies that he had been attacked by a man later identified as Leland Michael Wright, 26, of Sweet Home. According to Curran, 30, who raises and trains...
  • Man shot by girlfriend is arraigned(OR)

    An Alsea man who was shot by his girlfriend early Saturday morning was arraigned Tuesday on charges of two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, fourth-degree assault, strangulation and two counts of menacing at the Benton County Courthouse on Monday. Joseph Michael Pellett, 25, was arrested about 9:30 a.m. Monday at 28014 Vernon Road in Alsea, the residence that he shares with his girlfriend, Kaila Courtain, 22. He remained at the Benton County jail Tuesday on $100,000 bail. According to a probable-cause affidavit submitted Tuesday by the Benton County District Attorney's Office, Pellett and Courtain had been home drinking...
  • What our gun bill does(OR)

    06/11/2011 9:13:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 10 June, 2011 | Floyd Prozanski
    I want to thank everyone who sent me comments on the various gun bills that were assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. I especially want to thank the vast majority of individuals who discussed the merits of those bills with civility and respect. Unfortunately, many of you have received inaccurate “alerts” and other correspondence, including allegations that I am against keeping Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders’ and applicants’ personal information confidential. That is not true. In fact, I support keeping such information confidential. You also have been told that I am “anti-gun.” That is also inaccurate. Let me first set...
  • Gun bill gets ‘poison pill’(OR)

    05/31/2011 7:02:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 29 May, 2011 | Hasso Hering
    Advocates for Oregon gun rights sustained a setback when the state Senate Judiciary Committee amended a House-passed bill with a so-called “poison pill.” Three Democrats on the committee last week changed HB 2797 by adding provisions opposed by the main backers of the original, which was intended to clarify how people such as ranchers or hunters can legally carry handguns on motorcycles, ATVs or snowmobiles. It had passed the House 58-0. The two Republicans on the Senate panel, Doug Whitsett of Klamath Falls and Jeff Kruse of Roseburg, objected to the changes and served notice they may file a minority...
  • Gun bills have broad support(OR)

    05/02/2011 6:31:43 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 1 May, 2011 | NA
    The Oregon and U.S. constitutions unambiguously secure the right of the people to bear arms. Section 27 of the Oregon Constitution states: "The people shall have the right to bear arms for the defense of themselves ..." The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: —… the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Three important handgun bills that I strongly support were passed by the House with wide bipartisan support and are now in the Senate Judiciary Committee. HB 2787 prohibits any public body from disclosing information that identifies the holder of or...
  • Senate Judiciary Committee Announces "Discussion on Topics Relating to Firearms."(OR)

    04/28/2011 5:13:49 AM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 25 April, 2011 | NA
    The Senate Judiciary Committee, dominated by anti-gun Democrats, has announced that on Thursday, April 28th, it will be holding an "informational meeting on topics related to firearms." On the agenda; guns on public school grounds, restoration of gun rights for people convicted of felonies, and access to firearms for persons "suffering from mental health issues". This meeting is scheduled for 8:30 AM in room 343 in the Capitol. The public is encourged to attend. In plain English what this means is that, once again, the anti-gun zealots will be trying to prevent CHL holders from being anywhere where school children...
  • Rifle giveaway closes Second Amendment Week at OSU(OR)

    04/16/2011 10:21:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 15 April,2011 | NA
    The week-long observance of "Second Amendment Week" at Oregon State University culminates today with a drawing for an AR-15 rifle and accessories. The annual observance is hosted by the College Republicans of OSU. The winner of the rifle will have to pass a background check, be at least 18 years old, have no felony convictions, be a legal resident of the State of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, or Nevada or must prove residency within 90 days. The College Republicans will have a booth set up on the quad outside the Memorial Union, under a tent. Interested, eligible persons can stop by...
  • 243 guns turned in at Portland event (OR)

    04/11/2011 5:21:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 36 replies ^ | 10 April, 2011 | Wayne Havrelly
    PORTLAND -- Ceasefire Oregon collected 243 guns Saturday at a turn-in event at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum. The group worked with the newly reinstated Portland Police gun task force to host the event. The firearms collected Saturday were given to police and will be destroyed. For each gun turned in, the owner received a $50 Fred Meyer gift card. Helen Carons and Andrew Perez, who attended the event, were both affected by gun violence two years ago when Perez accidentally shot Carons' son. "I just want to thank everyone for turning in their guns,” Carons said. “I really do appreciate it....
  • CR’s at OSU doin’ it Right(OR)

    04/08/2011 7:02:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 7 April, 2011 | Melissa Haskin
    What’cha doin’ next week? Well, if you want to head over to OSU you may have a chance to win a gun! Yep, you read that right. This coming Monday, April 11th through Friday April 15th the Oregon State University College Republicans will be holding their annual Second Amendment Week. As part of the festivities they will be raffling off an AR-15 rifle. Unfortunately, while you need not be present to win the drawing, you must purchase the tickets in person. Tickets can be picked up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the MU quad. The...
  • Man fatally shot after argument over noise at Southeast Portland four-plex(OR)

    04/03/2011 6:36:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 31 March, 2011 | Maxine Bernstein
    The last that Karla Martin knew Thursday morning, her boyfriend Vincent L. Wyatt had gone to visit a couple who lived in a unit of a Southeast Portland four-plex. Martin headed there later in the morning to join him. But by then, Portland officers had the four-plex cordoned off with yellow tape, and Martin's boyfriend, Wyatt, lay dead in a stranger's adjacent unit from gunshot wounds. The morning shooting -- which prompted nearby Marshall High School to lock down its doors -- stemmed from an apparent dispute over noise. Dale Duncan, 69, had complained about noise coming from the adjacent...
  • Law Will Allow Americans to Bring Concealed Handguns to Oregon

    03/22/2011 5:13:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 21 March, 2011 | NA
    (SALEM, Ore.) - Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHL) from other states would be recognized by Oregon officials under legislation adopted by the Oregon House of Representatives today. House Bill 2792 was adopted by the House on a vote of 40 to 17. The measure was drafted by State Representative Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer, Newberg, St. Paul) “Your Second Amendment Right should not stop at the state border,” said Thatcher. “CHL holders in other states have taken the steps necessary to get these licenses. This legislation will be especially beneficial to those who travel out of state.” "HB 2792 is an important bill...
  • Oregon House votes to make gun records private; bill moves to Oregon Senate

    03/21/2011 3:41:59 PM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 17 March, 2011 | Janie Har
    Concealed handgun license holders would become anonymous under a bill approved by the Oregon House on Thursday. House Bill 2787 prohibits public bodies from releasing information that identifies who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun. The proposal cleared the House by a wide margin, 42 to 18. Oregon's public records law allows for public inspection of handgun license applications, which ask for character references, previous crimes and drug use. The application authorizes the sheriff's office to run a background check. Currently, applicants can claim personal safety reasons to keep information private. Privacy advocates say gun ownership is no one...
  • Oregon Teachers Union Requesting Additional 200 Million

    02/23/2011 3:42:31 PM PST · by dila813 · 19 replies
    Today | Me
    From the Radio in Portland: Discussion on whether Oregon should give another 200 Million to the teachers union. What should have been discussed, If Oregon residents were against giving an additional 200 Million to the teachers, would the politicians in Salem even care?
  • Those with the concealed weapons permits are the ‘good guys’(OR)

    02/13/2011 4:40:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 11 February, 2011 | Keith Steward
    The recent articles about "Protect thyself, should you buy a gun" were great. I applaud the Herald and News for printing them. It's not often you see nonbiased, factual information about guns in the media. The police were right about not fearing legal gun owners with a concealed carry permit. They're the "good guys." The mainstream media never reported that the brave citizen who ran toward the gunfire in Arizona and tackled the deranged shooter who was carrying a concealed pistol. He didn't shoot because of all the people. He did say that having the gun helped him be brave...
  • Wi-Fi service available on all Amtrak Cascades trains

    02/01/2011 8:33:07 AM PST · by epithermal · 2 replies
    Everett WA blog ^ | February 1, 2011 | denisegl
    Amtrak Cascades travelers got what they have asked for when free Wi-Fi service became available yesterday on all Amtrak Cascades trains. Using any laptop computer or Wi-Fi-enabled device, Amtrak Cascades passengers traveling between Vancouver, B.C., and Eugene, OR, will be able to connect to the Internet for general Web surfing and access to e-mail. The free Wi-Fi service will also allow passengers to access corporate networks through most standard Virtual Private Networks (VPN), turning train trips into productive work time. “Amtrak Cascades continues to be a desirable travel option and a popular alternative to driving,” said Washington State Transportation Secretary...