Gun advocates file recall petitions
By Denis C. Theriault The Oregonian/OregonLive
SALEM — Gun rights activists troubled by surging legislation meant to expand background checks for gun sales have filed recall petitions against three Oregon lawmakers. And they warn more could be on the way.
RAD: I'm very concerned that two of our newly elected Washington County Ds in the legislature, with possibly more to follow, are being targeted for recall in August if the recall advocates get enough signatures.
If a recall election is held in August it will be another low voter turnout election where the most motivated voters will decide the issue. WCCAN members have experience with this "dynamic". The results last May in the county board races was not pleasant to say the least.
I suspect this effort includes a coalition of local NRA members, right wing Christians, Tea Party types with a little help from local Republican leadership here in Washington County - maybe with the TROIKA's blessing, who knows? What they lost in November they want to make up for in August.
SB 941 expands background checks to include private sales.
"Requires private person to complete transfer of firearm by appearing with transferee before gun dealer to request criminal background check or shipping or delivering firearm to gun dealer in certain circumstances."
Go to the testimony of former Police Chief of Portland Mike Reese's testimony using the link above. He lays out the case for this bill in a reasoned and clear way.
The vote in the Senate was mostly a party-line vote. Of course Betsy Johnson (D, Scappose) voted "no" with the GOP on a 17-13 vote. No surprise there! It now goes to the House which may be why House members are being targeted for a recall to try to "kill" the bill in the House.
While the generic issue of guns in American life finds public opinion divided, nationwide polls show overwhelming support for "background checks" in the range of 80-90%. Support for background checks on "private sales" according to a CNN 2013 poll was 70%.
For more details see - Polling Report: Guns
On Wednesday, a Hillsboro man submitted paperwork against Sen. Chuck Riley, D-Hillsboro, and Rep. Susan McLain, D-Forest Grove, both of whom are in their first terms and part of an expanded Democratic majority enabled, in part, by campaign donations from gun control advocates.
Sen. Riley Rep. McClain
Oregonian: Riley, who narrowly defeated Republican incumbent Bruce Starr, was particularly helped by money from a gun control committee led by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. His vote was key to helping Senate Bill 941 pass to the House on a 17-13 vote this week. Both McLain and Riley sponsored the bill.
On Tuesday, the day of the Senate vote, a Junction City gun shop owner submitted paperwork against House Majority Leader Val Hoyle, D-Eugene. Hoyle, who has courted gun rights advocates, had told The Oregonian/OregonLive she expected SB941 to move quickly through her chamber.
The actions appear connected, at least informally. They follow a similar effort in Colorado in 2013 that saw two lawmakers lose their posts, including the state’s senate president, over support of bills far more expansive than SB941.