HASSO HERING

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Linn: No money for SB 941 gun bill

Written June 19th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Starting Aug. 12, according to my count, Oregon law will require that private sellers of firearms obtain a criminal background check on the buyers before making the sale. But what if they don’t, and who would know? Well then, not much would happen at least as far as the county government in Linn County is concerned.


What’s liberty when safety tops all?

Written May 12th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Gov. Kate Brown has signed SB 941, which infringes on a part of the Bill of Rights in the name of public safety. It doesn’t infringe much more than existing law on criminal background checks for firearms transfers already does. But still, how long before we cut back on rights that are much more dangerous […]


What’s this if not gun registration?

Written May 5th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

While we’re waiting for Gov. Kate Brown to sign the expanded firearms background check bill into law, how about one more little question: Why does the state police have to know specifics about a gun somebody wants to buy?


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 941: Try for answers

Written April 21st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Hey, Oregon legislators, how about insisting on answers to fundamental questions about SB 941? The bill has been hotly debated, and yet basic bits of information about it are still missing.


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 […]


 
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