Background Check Bill Goes to Rules Committee. Again.


Senators who feared a vote on gun control this legislative session can relax: A controversial measure expanding background checks has landed in the Rule Committee, where a nearly identify bill died last year. Unless its biggest supporter can find the votes, the bill will go the way of its predecessor. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene) largely blames a fellow Democrat for its likely demise.  "You ...   More
Friday, February 14, 2014 by Kate Willson

Key Republican Won't Vote for Gun Control Bill


A state Senator in a key swing district said this morning she will not support a controversial gun control bill. "It is disappointing that we are focusing on such a divisive topic when the issue that deserves our attention is mental health care," Sen. Betsy Close (R-Albany) wrote in a statement. "A better funded, more effective mental health care system will do far more to prevent mass gun violence ...   More
Thursday, February 6, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Empty Chambers

A senator says he’s got the votes to pass a gun-control bill, but where are they?

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The bill that some Democrats fear the most this legislative session is being pushed by a fellow Democrat. Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene), whose district is a Democratic stronghold, will push le   More
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Second Amendment Activists File Suit to Stop Multnomah County's Gun Control Law


A Gresham woman has filed suit to stop Multnomah County's fledgling gun control law, saying county commissioners overstepped their bounds by making it apply to all cities in the county.As WW first reported, Roxanne Ross and her lawyer, Bruce McCain, believe the county's gun control laws—requiring residents to lock up guns near minors and prohibiting carrying a loaded weapon in public, among other ...   More
Monday, July 15, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Gun Battle

Second Amendment activists say a Multnomah County gun ordinance doesn’t apply within cities.

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Roxanne Ross says she was raised to believe every responsible citizen should own a gun. When she picked out her own handgun last fall, Ross went old school and chose a .357 Magnum revolver, whic   More
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

"Guns Across America" Set to Stage Salem Rally Saturday

Oregon gun enthusiasts plan Saturday rally outside Statehouse


Oregonians aiming to shoot down the recent fervor over new gun control measures plan to rally at the State Capitol on Saturday. The event is just one of many rallies scheduled to take place at state capitals throughout the nation on Saturday at “high noon.” As of this posting, 757 Facebook users plan on attending. The event page describes the protest as a march against any new gun ...   More
Friday, January 18, 2013 by Matt Kauffman

Why Hales is Pushing for Statewide Assault Weapons Ban


Update, 10:30 am: Sitting at his desk in the mayor's office, Hales repeated his call for weapons bans at the state and federal level. "Every potential common-sense step ought to be considered," Hales said. "I don't believe we are without options here."But the mayor's bully pulpit was interrupted by conservative talk radio host Lars Larson, who provided some soapboxing of his own in the form of booming, ...   More
Monday, January 14, 2013 AARON MESH

Guy Toting an AR-15 in Southeast PDX Does This All The Time


One of the two men stopped by Portland police yesterday carrying assault weapons does this all the time, all over the state.Medford resident Warren R. Drouin, 22, keeps a YouTube channel called Markedguardian, festooned with the Libertarian "Don't Tread on Me" snake and hosting videos of Drouin and other friends carrying Bushmasters and other weapons in Medford, Talent, Albany, Grants Pass and Ashland. ...   More
Thursday, January 10, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Oregon Gun Group To Congress: "Hands Off"


The Oregon Firearms Federation and similar groups from around the country today wrote to members of Congress asking members to keep their hands off Americans' guns and gun rights. Here's a statement from OFF: Oregon Firearms Federation (OFF), the state’s only “no compromise” gun lobby joined two dozen other gun rights advocate groups across the country today in sending an important letter* to ...   More
Thursday, January 3, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Mr. Smith Runs From Salem

Jefferson Smith wants to be a “progressive” mayor. His legislative record isn’t helping.

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Gunshots were fired at least 11 times in the last two months in the outer-eastside neighborhoods currently represented by state...   More
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH


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