Thursday, January 24, 2019
Oregon Senate Bill 501 / proposed by Oregon Legislature Members Rob Wagner & Andrea Salinas
According to Hillary Borrud’s Oregonian article (1/13/19) State legislators Rob Wagner D – Lake Oswego / Tualatin and Andrea Salinas D – Lake Oswego are going to attempt to run through a ‘gun law’ directed at Oregon’s law-abiding gun owners. I’m speaking of proposed Senate Bill 501.
Who are these legislators? Well, you can look it up. Both Wagner and Salinas reside in Lake Oswego. OK, that might tell us something. But, what always troubles me is that those who generally represent us usually have no significant work experience outside politics. Moreover, I doubt if either has any experience or training with guns – which appears blatantly obvious in their proposed law.
In their rationale (the justification for purposeful new gun laws) they (Wagner and Salinas) reportedly met with Oregon High School students after the Florida school shooting. And, undoubtedly those local high school students gave them their best ideas for a new Oregon law. “It’s really an important message that we listen to students.” OK, I suppose. But, there was no indication in the article that said legislators have bothered to talk to any firearms experts, law enforcement individuals or even a single lawful gun owner. I don’t know if they own a gun, but one could probably make a good guess on that.
“The legislation would also require people to undergo background checks before purchasing or sharing ammunition and would limit ammunition purchases to 20 rounds within a 30 day period…”
“It would ban magazines that hold more than five rounds of ammunition.” “The bill exempts .22 caliber revolvers and any lever-action revolver.” (Not sure what constitutes a lever-action revolver. I thought I knew a bit about guns, but don’t recall coming in contact with a lever-action revolver - an antique perhaps owned by Rob or Andrea.)
Said proposed legislative bill “would require people to securely store their guns and report the loss or theft of a firearm to law enforcement within 24 hours.”
“If the proposal passes, people… could face severe penalties… anyone who possessed a firearm without a permit could be fined up to $6,250 and sentenced to up to 364 days in jail.”
Apparently, some of the above proposed law’s aspects must have come directly from high school students. How else can one explain their inanity and lack of gun knowledge? On the other hand, perhaps I have underestimated the high school students and overestimated Rob and Andrea.
Almost all, if not all, of the magazines in ‘semi-automatic pistols hold more than five rounds.’ This demonstrates the lack of gun knowledge by Wagner and Salinas; and the complete disinterest in even doing basic research.
‘Background checks before purchasing or “sharing” ammunition…’ Question: Did the people in Lake Oswego knowingly vote for them… really? Sharing? Come on!
Folks, if gun laws (like described above) actually get placed in law, brace yourself for the eventual fee-structured licensing of all guns. License each gun, pay the annual licensing fee, or turn them over for destruction. Is that where we are headed?
And, Ladies and Gentlemen, this will apply to all of Oregon, not just Lake Oswego.
Is this what the Second Amendment had in mind? Have Wagner and Salinas even read the Second Amendment? Do they care? Doubtful.
P.S. You can view my ideas for effective gun control - in the sidebar of this blog.
Posted by True Nelson at 1/24/2019 07:42:00 PM