New law has taken effect in Oregon, requiring “unattended” guns to be locked in the home

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SALEM, OR- On Saturday, September 25th, a new law took effect requiring guns to be locked and/or securely stored when in the home. 

On April 19, 2021, Breitbart News reported that the Oregon legislature was considering the gun lock bill and noted it “would be among the toughest in the U.S.” Backers of the bill stated it would save lives and opponents argued it could lead to deaths.

As the bill was being considered, opponents of gun lock requirements testified of having loved ones who had needed a gun for self-defense, but who were unable to access their firearm because it was locked. 

They quoted Jim Mischel of Sheridan, Oregon, who said his wife was home alone one night, heard strange noises and went to the nightstand to retrieve a pistol from a “locked gun box.” He said the alleged intruder found his wife before she was able to get her gun from the box. Mischel said:

“She was unable to get the box unlocked and the pistol out before he got into the bedroom and threatened her with his gun. She has never recovered.”

On June 1, 2021, the Associated Press (AP) noted the legislation, SB 554, had been passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Kate Brown (D). The AP observed that SB 554 requires that “firearms be secured with a trigger or cable lock, in a locked container or gun room.” On Twitter, Brown wrote:

“Today, I am signing SB 554 with the hope that we can take another step forward to help spare more Oregon families from the grief of losing a love done to gun violence.”

According to KEZI, with more than three months to go in 2021, there have already been more than 920 shootings in the Rose City. That is up from 388 in all of 2019. Oregon state Sen. James Manning Jr., who is one of the chief sponsors of SB 554, stated that he believes the passing of this legislature if a step in the right direction. He said:

“It’s about accountability and hopefully we’ll get to a place where we don’t have all of this gun violence and innocent people being killed. We’ve got a lot of work to do and a long ways to go.”

Back in April, a less sweeping gun storage bill was signed into law in Colorado by Governor Jared Polis, who said:

“It’s a sensible measure to help avoid immeasurable heartbreak.”

Prior to the signing of this bill in Oregon, Massachusetts is the only state that requires that all unattended firearms be stored with locking devices in place. Penalties for violations can range from imprisonment to thousands of dollars in fines.

According to Giffords gun safety advocacy group, states that have passed laws requiring some level of firearm safe storage include California, Connecticut, and New York. Similar bills have failed in Illinois, Kentucky, Montana, New Mexico, and Virginia. 

Oregon’s bill mandates that gun owners secure unattended weapons with trigger locks or in locked compartments. Those who don’t would be strictly liable for any injuries or property damage. If a minor gets ahold of an unsecured firearm, the gun’s owner would face a maximum $2,000 fine.

Opponents have said the bill is an infringement on the constitutional right to bear arms. James Purvine of Eugene, Oregon, who testified in writing to the House Committee on Health Care about the bill, said:

“As usual, the Second Amendment is under attack because attacking it is a perennial favorite with Democrats and it has been for years.”

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Rep. Scalise: Biden’s planned gun control will take away disabled veterans’ Second Amendment rights

July 31st, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) told Breitbart News that the Biden administration’s push to reclassify AR-pistols with stabilizer braces with “take away disabled veterans’ Second Amendment rights.”

On June 7th, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) put forward a proposed rule that would place certain AR-pistols with stabilizer braces under the purview of the National Firearms Act (NFA).

Reportedly, this means that the process for acquiring those AR-pistols would be the same time-consuming process currently in place for acquiring a suppressor, short-barreled-rifles (SBRs), or a machine gun. 

That process includes being fingerprinted and photographed, undergoing a background check, registering the AR-pistol with the ATF, and paying a $200 federal tax. This entire process takes anywhere from nine to 10 months to complete. Scalise said:

“Many disabled people in America use pistol stabilizing braces in order to be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights. Moreover, these stabilizing braces were designed specifically for disabled veterans, our men and women in uniform who became disabled and were having trouble shooting firearms for recreational use or for the safety of their families.”

In a recent press conference with Scalise and Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), Scalise noted that the conference included “one of the disabled veterans for whom the stabilizer brace was originally designed.”

The veteran talked about how the brace had changed his life and how he had traveled the country showing other disabled veterans how it can help them. Disabled veterans depend on these stabilizing braces. Scalise added:

“If the Biden administration takes the stabilizing brace away from disabled veterans, then the Biden administration is going to be taking away disabled veterans’ Second Amendment rights. And why would Joe Biden want to take away the Second Amendment rights of disabled veterans who were injured protecting our freedoms?”

On Tuesday, July 27th, Rep. Hudson led a Capitol Hill news conference drawing attention to the proposed federal regulation targeting the AR-pistol stabilizing braces. Hudson said:

“The Biden administration’s ATF is attacking our Second Amendment and attacking our veterans. Crime is up and Republicans are prepared to address that, but Democrats are determined to go after law-abiding citizens and our Second Amendment.”

Stabilizing braces are designed to enable disabled military veterans to exercise their Second Amendment rights. Hudson said:

“This regulation turns law-abiding citizens, including our combat veterans, into felons.”

Under the proposed regulation introduced on June 7th, an individual could face felony charges unless the person turns in or destroys a firearm with a brace, destroys the brace, or pays a tax. 

U.S. Army veteran Rick Cicero was injured in combat in Afghanistan in 2010. An improvised explosive device caused significant damage to his right arm and leg. He said in a statement:

“Stabilizing braces gave me the ability to get back out and shoot things that I never expected I would be able to do again and my life changed drastically.

Since then, I have been traveling across the country teaching veterans how to shoot again. That brace is the foundation of everything I do because I can take someone who has limited strength in their hands or is missing digits and give them confidence and the skills and capability to grasp a firearm again and get them back to the things that were such a part of their life.”

U.S. Army veteran Pablo Cadena who was injured in Iraq in 2008, said in a statement:

“If this overreach is allowed, it would make a majority of law0-abiding veterans and first responders criminals overnight. These are the people who answered the call of our great nation.”

U.S. Marine veteran Anson Roberts who was injured in Iraq in 2007, said:

“This regulation is wrong. It’s taking away the self-defense right for me, for my family or some other person in America who is disabled. I don’t have the same strength in my hands or my arms or my legs anymore. Using this device helps me protect my family.”
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Report: Second Amendment Sanctuary movement grows to 61% of all counties in the United States

June 24th, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – While the Democratic party seeks ways to reduce and restrict gun rights, there has been a hidden surge of Second Amendment sanctuaries growing across the United States.

States, Counties, and local governments are taking steps to protect American’s Constitutional right to bear arms. There are now 1,930 counties that are protected by Second Amendment sanctuary legislation at either the state or county level, according to Sanctuarycounties.com.

Most Second Amendment sanctuary bills are simple. They declare that the municipal, county, or state government will not recognize or enforce any federal law that infringes upon the Second Amendment.

Many have laws preventing local officials from participating in any federal enforcement. Some add civil and criminal penalties.

This represents 61.39% of all the counties in the United States, and the mainstream media has all but ignored the movement.

Lee Williams, writing for The Truth about Guns, said the media is ignoring the surge in Second Amendment Sanctuary counties:

“The mainstream media has missed one of the biggest trend stories ever – the massive surge in Second Amendment sanctuaries at the state, county, and local levels.”

“The number of states, counties, and cities declaring themselves Second Amendment Sanctuaries is skyrocketing.”

Noah Davis of sanctuarycounties.com and its companion site constitutionalsanctuaries.com pointed out that the media has focused on Constitutional Carry but has remained largely quiet about the Second Amendment Sanctuary movement.

Davis said there is a distinct difference between Constitutional Carry and Second Amendment Sanctuaries, although he supports both:

“One of the differences between it and the Second Amendment Sanctuary movement is that Constitutional Carry is being passed at the state level, while approximately 1,137 counties have taken it upon themselves to pass Second Amendment Sanctuary legislation and likely hundreds of cities, townships, boroughs, etc. have done so at their level as well.

“The Second Amendment Sanctuary movement is a grassroots / bottom-up movement.”

Davis called on supporters of the Second Amendment to push for their local jurisdiction to become a Second Amendment Sanctuary because state politics are unpredictable:

“We tell people to go ahead and get something passed at the local level because you never know how quickly your state can be turned against you. Just ask any Virginia gun owner how quickly your state can change from pro-gun to anti-gun.

“Don’t wait until it happens in your state to get started. Also, getting this process started in your county or city is a great way to get your fellow Second Amendment Supporters involved in local government.”

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a slate of gun control measures into law in April 2020. The laws increased background checks, limited handgun purchases, and established a so-called “red flag” law.

Guns became a divisive issue in Virginia after Democrats won full control of the state’s General Assembly in November 2019, and Northam, a Democrat, promised to pass gun-rights restrictions.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said many “Second Amendment sanctuary” resolutions being passed in counties and areas throughout Virginia “have no legal effects,” and that localities must follow gun violence prevention measures passed by the Virginia General Assembly. 

After Missouri officials enacted Second Amendment Sanctuary laws, the Biden administration responded through the Department of Justice, warning the state that the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause outweighs the measure that Gov. Mike Parson signed into law.

The new rules penalize local police departments if their officers enforce federal gun laws. 

Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton said the law threatens to disrupt the working relationship between federal and local authorities, noting that Missouri receives federal grants and technical assistance. 

Missouri responded quickly to the DOJ letter, pointing out:

“Similar bills were introduced in more than a dozen other states this year, including Alabama, Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia and Iowa. In Texas, the governor has called for the state to become a so-called Second Amendment sanctuary.”

The Second Amendment Sanctuary movement has also faced opposition from several liberal groups and organizations, including Facebook and National Public Radio.

On NPR’s June 21 edition of “Here & Now,” the host falsely stated there are only 400 counties that have become Second Amendment sanctuaries.

Despite the numbers increasing significantly since the original figure of 400 published more than a year ago in an article published by the anti-gun publication The Trace, NPR, and other liberal media outlets still use the number rather than the true number of 1,930 counties.

During the NPR show, guest Anders Walker, a constitutional law professor at St. Louis University’s School of Law, called the movement “political theater”:

“They’re (The Second Amendment Sanctuary movement) using language made popular during the Trump Presidency…

“I personally think it sends a losing message, which is: ‘We’re gonna double-down on opening up gun sales to everybody.’ I don’t think that is a good look for the NRA. It’s not a good look for gun owners. It makes them look irresponsible.”

Facebook also took on the movement, cutting groups supporting it. Facebook groups with thousands of members supporting the Second Amendment Sanctuary movement were shut down by the social media giant. Davis commented:

“They realized we were being too effective.”

Another group attacking the movement is the anti-gun advocacy group Brady United. The organization called the Second Amendment Sanctuary movement an attack on gun safety laws:

“In a backlash to newly passed gun safety laws, gun rights extremists in some localities across the country are declaring that state gun safety laws don’t apply in their communities.

“Calling themselves ‘Second Amendment sanctuaries,’ some localities are going so far as to pass resolutions declaring that they will refuse to enforce and dedicate tax-funded resources to the implementation of state gun safety measures.”

Williams said the numbers speak for themselves, and the federal government should see what is at stake:

“More than 61% of the country has drawn a line in the sand — telling the federal government not to infringe upon their God-given and constitutional rights. The movement ceased being “symbolic” a long time ago.

“Despite the good professor saying it’s not a “good look” for the NRA, neither the NRA nor any other civil rights organizations have anything to do with it. This is a pure grassroots movement. It’s organic. It’s hyper-local. It’s about citizens standing up to their government — period. No one person or organization is pulling any strings.”

Williams said that the reaction of liberal politicians and the media is not a surprise, and shows that the Second Amendment Sanctuary movement is working:

“That NPR and other outdated members of the legacy media are now belittling and downplaying Second Amendment sanctuaries shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. They’re scared, after all, but not nearly as scared as the politicians.

The movement positively terrifies them. It strikes at their very core. It tells them very plainly that we will not comply with their tyrannical edicts.

“As the movement grows — and it is growing by leaps and bounds — we will see more attacks from politicians, which will then be parroted by their staunch supporters in the legacy media, assuming, that is, they can break a reporter loose from their hard-hitting, investigative coverage of Joe Biden’s ice cream cone du jour.

Davis summed up the meaning behind the rapid rise of Second Amendment Sanctuary counties:

“You’d be hard-pressed to get half of America to agree that beer is good, or that steak should be served medium-rare. Yet millions of Americans have forced their elected officials to erect a legislative wall around their communities to protect their gun rights.”

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