Oregon Man Dumbest Dumb Criminal of Them All, Slate Says

Another bit of good press to put Oregon on the map: Derrick Mosley, 22, is accused of attempting to rob a gun store with a bat. Mosley not only made Slate's "Dumb Criminal of the Week," but was awarded the title "dumbest dumb criminal of them all" by Justin Peters, the writer of the column.Police say Mosley went to Discount Gun Stores in Beaverton and tried to hold the place up with his bat."It’s ...   More
Thursday, August 1, 2013 SARA SNEATH

"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

Operation Safe Summer Levels Out Gang Violence

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A summertime effort to curb Portland’s gang violence managed to level off shootings and increase prosecution of gang-related crimes, officials reported today.After a high violence spring that saw 57 shootings between January and early June (compared with 36 shootings for the same time last year), police, the U.S. attorney and nonprofits announced Operation Safe Summer.Pitched as a combination of ...   More
Friday, November 9, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

It's Almost Guns-For-Gift-Cards Time Again


The city of Portland and the Ceasefire Oregon Foundation are beginning to publicize this year's annual gun turn-in event, August 18, from 10am-2pm in the north Benton parking lot at Memorial Coliseum.Last year's annual event had lackluster results. As the Portland Tribune reported at the time, private gun buyers crashed the event, holding signs that advertised $50-$200 cash for guns.This year, organizers ...   More
Thursday, July 19, 2012 by Corey Pein

Corvallis Man In eBay Arms Case Was Three-Tour Army Veteran

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As several news outlets reported last week, Geoffrey B. Roose of Corvallis faces 10 years in prison for allegedly selling stolen military rifle scopes on eBay.Previous accounts left out many key facts of the case, including colorful details such as Roose's eBay username: "mr.f.u.up." As of today, a week after his arrest, the U.S. Army veteran's eBay store remains online—with 100 percent ...   More
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 COREY PEIN

The Gun: I Turn My 9mm Over to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office


Last month, I bought a 9mm handgun in a Safeway parking lot in Northeast Portland, to show how easy (and legal) it is to get a gun on the street.When I published my cover story about the gun earlier this month, I'd planned to turn the pistol over to the Portland Police at the next city-sponsored handgun-surrender event in September.But after the story went to press, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office ...   More
Thursday, August 11, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Oregon Sheriffs Fight for Gun Owners' Rights—Unless They Use Medical Marijuana

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The Associated Press has an interesting Oregon story out today about the sheriffs of Washington and Jackson counties fighting in court to deny a concealed-handgun license to a medical-marijuana patient named Cynthia Willis in Medford.Check out the whole story over at NPR. Here's the beef:The sheriffs argue that the 1968 U.S. Gun Control Act prohibits selling firearms to drug addicts, and they say ...   More
Monday, April 4, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

City Hall: Council Approves Mayor's Gun Plan

Portland City Council this morning unanimously approved Mayor Sam Adams' five-point plan to control illegal guns and curb youth violence. Before voting yes, Commissioner Amanda Fritz said the council should review the stricter measures against illegal guns in a year to see if the new rules are, in fact, suppressing violence. But Fritz supported the measure saying, "We need to try some new things." Commissioner ...   More
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Who's Packing Heat? House Judiciary Says It's None of Your Business

The Legislature is inching closer to snuffing out Oregonians' right to know who their sheriffs let carry concealed handguns. The House judiciary committee yesterday sent a bill to the House floor with a recommendation of "do pass." That bill (PDF) would make secret who has concealed-handgun permits — unless a sheriff decides it's in the public's interest to know. But that seems unlikely ...   More
Thursday, April 16, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Guns & Hoses: The Emails On Portland's Plan to Arm Its Water Bureau

Commissioner Randy Leonard's proposal to make Water Bureau security guards armed police officers requires City Council approval, which could come this month. Commissioner Dan Saltzman is on record calling the idea —first reported Wednesday in WW— "totally unnecessary." What follows is the email exchange among Leonard; David Shaff, the Water Bureau director; John Minnis, former Republican ...   More
Saturday, October 17, 2009 BETH SLOVIC


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