Yesterday, the House voted 35-24 (with 1 excused), along party lines, to pass House Bill 2005 B, the anti-gun package requested by Governor Tina Kotek and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum that got combined into one omnibus bill. It now goes directly to the Senate, which has scheduled the first reading on the floor for today. Please contact your state senator and ask them to OPPOSE HB 2005 B.
House Bill 2005 B is the amended version of House Bill 2005 that also includes the provisions of House Bills 2006 and 2007. It goes above and beyond existing federal laws and regulations in restricting private individuals from making their own firearms for personal use, denies Second Amendment rights to young adults aged 18-20 by prohibiting them from possessing commonly owned semi-automatic firearms, and further degrades Oregon’s preemption law by permitting the governing body of a city, county, district or any other entity that falls within the definition of municipal corporation, to prohibit the otherwise lawful and licensed concealed carry in public buildings and on their “adjacent” grounds.
Most Republican representatives rose on the House floor to express their opposition to HB 2005 in defense of law-abiding gun owners’ and NRA members’ right to keep and bear arms in Oregon. Following the party-line vote on the bill, the NRA joined House Republican members in Salem as they pledged $25,000 for a lawsuit against the bill, should it pass the Senate.
The majority party procedurally positioned the bill to deny any opportunity for public comment in the second chamber. HB 2005 will go directly to the Senate floor and it is critical that you contact every senator ASAP, to urge their opposition to the bill.
Again, please contact your state senator ASAP and ask them to OPPOSE HB 2005 B.