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A question about felons and guns

Written September 19th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

When it comes to gun stories in the news, one question of considerable interest is rarely addressed: Exactly how did the felons in the stories obtain the firearms they are charged with unlawfully possessing?


How to ruin a fine spring: gun control

Written April 3rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

For a while there, until the clouds rolled back in Sunday night, the pleasant springtime weather made it hard to worry about the dismal state of Oregon politics. But then, ahead of the dark skies, came The Oregonian and reminded us that the leading Democrats in state government are not giving up their quest to […]


Debate brings out gun bill’s flaws

Written May 4th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

While the outcome was pre-ordained, Monday’s lengthy debate about Senate Bill 941 in the Oregon House was not a waste of time. It showed up flaws in this gun bill that the majority Democrats refused to fix, with the result that any number of people will be virtually forced to break the law.


Gun bill: Its logic is not enough

Written April 13th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

UPDATE: As expected the Senate passed SB 941 on Tuesday, 17-13, with only Democrat Betsy Johnson joining the 12 Republicans in opposition to the bill. Democrats in the Oregon Senate on Tuesday expect to pass SB 941, the bill expanding Oregon’s background checks to people who seek to buy firearms from private gun owners. I […]


Gun bill hearing raises questions

Written April 1st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The state Senate Judiciary Committee heard from dozens of people Wednesday and received many more statements for and against expanded background checks for gun purchases. But the main questions remain unanswered and new ones were raised.


SB 941 has gun logic on its side

Written March 26th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Now that Senate Bill 941 has been introduced, calling for expanded background checks in gun purchases, citizens may wonder what the fuss is all about. If you accept the idea of background checks of gun buyers — and the requirement has been in effect and widely followed since 1998 — then this bill presents no great […]


Background check bill? It’s coming

Written March 24th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Since the start of the Oregon legislative session, everybody interested in firearms has been waiting for the subject of expanded background checks to rear its controversial head. Here it is eight weeks in, and still no bill. But it’s coming, and now I have an idea of what the bill will say.


Gun hearing: Reason still missing

Written February 6th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

For two and a half hours Thursday morning, witnesses at a state Senate committee hearing in Salem disagreed about SB 1551, which would expand the background check required in gun transactions to private sales and gifts. Chairman Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene kept track and said the Senate Judiciary Committee heard from 20 witnesses for the bill […]


Legislation could wait

Written January 27th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The most contentious issues facing the coming legislative session confirm the old-fashioned view that annual meetings of the Oregon Legislative Assembly were not necessary after all. (And no, this has nothing to do with leaf blowers and whether it’s a good idea to use them to raise clouds of dust on a city street.)


Learning from Colorado recalls

Written September 10th, 2013 by

In Colorado Tuesday, voters in two state senate districts recalled the Democratic office holders — one of them the Senate president — over their votes for two gun-related bills. The outcome is of interest in Oregon, where all Republicans and a handful of Democrats  in the legislature were wise enough to kill bills on gun […]


 
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