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

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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 No. 1 For Personal Freedom, Libertarians Declare

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Good news? A think tank funded by the Koch brothers, billionaire industrialists and covert Tea Party backers with a long history of supporting right-wing causes, has declared Oregon the top state in the union for personal freedom.Naked bike rides were not a factor. Medical weed was.But to give you a better idea of the where the authors of the report, commissioned by the Mercatus Center at George Mason ...   More
 
Monday, June 20, 2011 COREY PEIN

Adams' Gun Plan Meets With a Mixed Reception at City Hall Hearing


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Mayor Sam Adams' plan addressing illegal guns got a mixed reception from the public during a crowded City Hall hearing today. But at least two city commissioners indicated they would support the ordinance when it comes up for a vote next month, providing Adams the majority he needs. Adams' proposed ordinance would penalize gun owners who endanger children or fail to report stolen guns. It would ...   More
 
Thursday, November 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Mayor Adams Proposes Five-Point Plan to Control Illegal Handguns in Portland


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Mayor Sam Adams' office has drafted five new proposals to control illegal handguns in Portland. The five-point plan comes on a week when police report investigating at least nine shootings that cops consider to be gang-related. "The illegal gun problem in Portland has been long-standing. I want Portland to be more assertive about accomplishing what we can locally," Adams tells WW. "This was ...   More
 
Friday, August 20, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

'Keep Your Powder Dry': Gun Advocates Predict Adams' Initiative Will Fail


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If you were wondering when the gun lobby would respond to Mayor Sam Adams' new effort to curb illegal firearms in Portland, wait no longer. As noted by KATU over the weekend, the Oregon Firearms Federation has, unsurprisingly, come out in strong opposition to Adams' five-point gun-control plan. The written announcement on the OFF's response gets personal, calling Adams a "disgraced mayor" ...   More
 
Monday, August 23, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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