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Will Oregon Un-Ban Guns & Re-Fund Police This November?

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When the citizens of Portlandia say “Enough,” you’ve gone too far.

The 2022 election cycle is heating up with just a few short weeks left before what is shaping up to be a #GUNVOTE November! One of the most remarkable races is in Oregon, a state in which the demographic weight of the anti-gun city-dwellers has long overridden the desires of its rural citizens. However, in 2020, the state’s anti-gun, anti-police governor finally went too far. Seems that even people who wear Che Guevara t-shirts and quote Marx aren’t big fans of having their homes and businesses burned down (who’d have thunk?). Want to know how the People’s Republic of Oregon might just be in for some changes this November? We’re turning it over to the NSSF’s Larry Keane for the analysis …

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OREGON’S #GUNVOTE OPPORTUNITY


By Larry Keane

One of the nation’s “defund the police” and surging violent crime epicenters could see big changes on Election Day.

Oregonians will soon cast their ballots and they are showing signs they may reject a severe gun control ballot initiative, as well as elect the first pro-Second Amendment governor in more than forty years.

The Backdrop

The visuals were common and often on national news. Portland, Ore., was a hotbed of violence, looting and riots in 2020 in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the rise of defund the police movement. Broken windows and vandalism were commonplace. Riots and destruction culminated with an attack on the downtown federal courthouse. Rioters used Molotov cocktails to set fire to the building.

It’s no surprise soft-on-criminal policies meant residents were left fearing for their safety. It’s been seen all across the country. In Portland, numerous businesses decided it was far too unsafe to continue to keep their doors open and closed up shop.

The situation was so bad the co-president of the Portland Downtown Development Group sent a letter to Portland Democratic and antigun Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Council members, criticizing the city’s policies. “The exodus of companies… does have most everything to do with the lawlessness you are endorsing downtown,” the letter stated, adding “It’s like nothing I have seen in 42 years of doing business in downtown.”

Portland was the focal point, but those feelings resonated across the state. Now a new effort by gun control groups means law-abiding Oregonians could face even more restrictions on their ability to protect themselves and businesses with a firearm, not more freedoms.

Top of the Ticket

Oregon’s Democratic Gov. Kate Brown was proclaimed a gunsense candidate by Everytown for Gun Safety and endorsed by Oregon Moms Demand Action. She signed more gun control laws last year but is term-limited, opening the race. Voters are considering a different direction.

Oregon state Rep. Christine Drazan is the Republican candidate, the minority leader in the state house and her belief in the Second Amendment is quite the opposite from Gov. Brown’s. There’s also Independent candidate state Rep. Betsy Johnson. She’s bucked her Democratic colleagues to vote against universal background checks for private firearm transfers and “red flag” laws that didn’t include Due Process rights protections. Compared to Democratic challenger Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek, the differences are stark.

Rep. Drazan told voters, “Oregon already has among the most stringent gun control laws in the nation on the books. As Governor, I will veto any bill that Compromises Oregonians’ Second Amendment rights, including the right to defend themselves and their family.”

Rep. Drazan has a pro-Second Amendment record. She’s a gunowner and voted against a flawed mandatory firearm storage proposal in 2021 that also made it a crime for lawful conceal carry permit holders to possess their firearm in the state capitol or on certain sensitive locations. In 2019, Rep. Drazan also voted against a “red flag” bill that denied accused Oregonians of their Due Process rights.

At a recent gubernatorial debate, gun control was a topic as Bend, Ore., was the site of a tragic shooting incident. Minority Leader Drazan explained, “What happened in Bend was an absolute tragedy. Someone facing extreme mental health challenges was intent on hurting others and was effectively able to do so… but more gun laws will not prevent every single tragedy from happening.”

What does it mean for Rep. Drazan heading to Election Day? Voters have currently made her the frontrunner in the race, according to polling.

Gun Control Ballot Measure

Voters will also decide whether to approve a gun control ballot initiative, IP 17, titled Ballot Measure 114. If enacted, the measure would require law-abiding Oregonians to first receive a permit-to-purchase a firearm. Those requirements include paying additional fees, completing an expanded background check, classroom training and more and the permit would be valid for five years. The ballot initiative also would implement restrictions on magazine capacity to 10 rounds or fewer. NSSF is a member of the coalition to vote down this proposal.

As crime remains one of the top issues on voters’ minds heading to Nov. 8, generic Republican candidates hold a 14-point advantage over generic Democrats. Those sentiments seem to be present in Oregon as voters began to early vote and IP 17’s fate not a foregone conclusion.

As issues of crime and the ability of law-abiding voters to protect themselves from criminals remain prominent, Oregonians could be poised to #GUNVOTE® on Election Day so they don’t risk their rights.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Bill

    October 19, 2022 at 10:14 am

    I spoke with my veterinarian that just returned from a conference in Portland. he, and many of his colleagues were upset that the conference was held there. He decided that it was not safe for his wife to attend with him, so she remained at home. My vet told me that members of his group would not venture past the hotel and the restaurant across the street. I was told by him that the area looked like a war zone. It is up to you voters. Is this the life you want to live?

  2. Jim

    October 13, 2022 at 10:34 am

    Just remember this same group, ‘Lift Every Voice Oregon’, that is pushing Measure 114 is also going to try and push IP 18. IP 18 would ban the sale of semiautomatic assault weapons. They are going to try and bypass the voters and go straight to the Oregon Legislature to get this passed in the 2023 full session.

  3. Jim

    October 13, 2022 at 10:20 am

    I will be voting NO on Measure 114, and I will be asking my family and friends to vote NO on this as well.
    Measure 114 is both illegal and unconstitutional in that
    I believe that Measure 114 violates the single subject rule of the Oregon initiative process.
    I believe that Measure 114 violates Article 1, section 27, of the Oregon Constitution.
    I believe that Measure 114 violates the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 14th Amendments of the Constitution..
    Measure 114 violates 18 U.S. Code § 241 – Conspiracy against rights and
    18 U.S. Code § 242 – Deprivation of rights under color of law
    I believe that Measure 114 violates some aspects of the Supreme Court’s District of Columbia v. Heller ruling.
    I believe that Measure 114 violates some aspects of the recent Supreme Court’s New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen ruling.
    I believe that Measure 114 bans most, if not all, semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.
    I also feel that the permitting scheme in Measure 114 is akin to a poll tax in that it singles out people wanting to exercise a Constitutional right, in this case their 2nd Amendment rights.

    • Clark Kent

      October 13, 2022 at 3:55 pm

      Constitution!? We don’t need no stinking Constitution! That document is ‘WAYYYCISST’, don’tcha’ know?

    • Ronnie Walker

      October 17, 2022 at 12:46 pm

      Boy I pity you all having a Mayor against possession of firearms and anti police. That is a state I would be moving from. I am a retired Police Officer and gun owner. The only people that will have guns then are the criminals and a state that is anti police doesn’t give them much incentive to really push it
      Good luck Oregon.

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