gun rights

The Senate voted on additional gun restrictions this week (June 20).  Four votes, four rejections. 

Now you get to think like a senator: would additional gun laws help stop mass shootings?  What would you restrict? 

Our alternate topic this week is infill: how you feel about more density in housing, like apartments, next to your single-family home. 

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Gunfire is now so common at educational institutions that we can't even call the Umpqua Community College shooting "the latest." 

Because incidents in other states, albeit with less loss of life, followed quickly on the heels of Roseburg. 

Which is exactly the situation Ceasefire Oregon and other groups want to change. 

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It's always a politically risky move to vote for stronger regulations on guns, and the Oregon Legislature went there this year. 

A month ago the governor signed a bill that requires background checks for all gun sales, even private person-to-person sales. 

Senator Floyd Prozanski of Eugene shepherded the bill through the capitol. 

And just a few weeks after it passed, Lane County Commissioners passed a resolution opposing the law, on grounds that it will cost counties more money to enforce. 

Charge Overturned On Concealed Weapon At Campsite

Dec 31, 2013

Persuaded by a man's argument that his campsite was his home, the Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed his conviction for illegally carrying a concealed weapon.

The Oregonian reports that the appeals court held that 66-year-old David Wolf was entitled to tell jurors at his trial that Oregon law makes an exception to carrying a concealed weapon without a permit if a person is in his or her place of residence.

New Armed Citizen Patrol Forms In Josephine County

Nov 19, 2013

Another group has formed to provide armed citizen patrols in the rural outreaches of Josephine County, Oregon, where voters have consistently refused to raise their taxes to pay for sheriff's patrols as federal timber revenues have dried up.

The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports that the group patrolling the rural area east of Cave Junction brings to three the number of armed citizen groups filling the law enforcement gap in the county. Only two deputies are on the road in an area bigger than Rhode Island.