Now they are trying to remove regulation to make it possible for conceal carry holders from other states to have their permits recognized in Oregon, even if those permits don't require competency with firearms, for instance.
OregonLive.com has published an op-ed letter from Ceasefire Oregon's executive director, Penny Okamoto.
Here is the link to this: http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2011/03/gun_bill_benefits_few_but_enda.html
Here it is, in its entirety:
Last week, the Oregon House of Representatives voted to approve House Bill 2792, which would allow residents of other states who have concealed handgun licenses from those states to carry concealed handguns in Oregon without obtaining an Oregon license.
Proponents would like this bill enacted because if Oregon recognizes concealed-carry licences from other states, those states would be more likely to recognize Oregon's licenses, and therefore Oregonians who want to carry concealed handguns when they travel to other states would not need to request licenses from those states, saving them a small amount of paperwork and a small fee.
But if HB2792 is enacted, it would enable people from other states to carry their concealed handguns in Oregon even though they do not meet Oregon's statutory requirements to obtain a license, set forth in ORS 166.291, including those on criminal and mental health records, handgun competence, and age. Oregon, for example, requires instruction in handgun safety or equivalent experience to obtain a concealed-carry license, but Washington state does not. So under HB2792, Washington residents with no competence in handgun safety could carry concealed handguns in Oregon, but Oregonians without such competence could not.
This bill is an unjustifiable gift to the gun lobby.
Most Oregon concealed-carry license holders would be willing to undergo the minor inconvenience of applying for a license in another state if they realized that by doing so they would help prevent felons, people with recent misdemeanor convictions, and people with serious mental health problems from carrying loaded handguns in Oregon.
Oregon already permits nonresidents to drive through Oregon with their handguns without breaking the law. If they don't have an Oregon license, they must transport the firearm unconcealed or out of easy reach (see ORS 166.250); under some city ordinances, including Portland's, the firearm must also be unloaded. Additionally, residents of California, Nevada, Idaho and Washington who have a compelling business interest or other legitimate demonstrated need may already obtain an Oregon concealed-carry license under existing law, at ORS 166.291(8).
Unfortunately, not all license holders from other states are law abiding or mentally stable. From May 2007 to December 2010, concealed-carry license holders killed at least 282 people in the United States, including nine law enforcement officers. None of these killings have been deemed legitimate self-defense (http://vpc.org/ccwkillers.htm).
In addition, the actual licenses are not always confiscated when a holder commits a crime. An investigation of concealed-carry holders in Texas found that the "largest category of problem licensees involve[d] those who committed crimes after getting their state" licenses (http://articles.latimes.com/2000/oct/03/news/mn-30319). How is an Oregon police officer to know that the gun license shown to him by an out-of-state resident is still valid?
The mere fact that someone has been able to obtain a gun license from another state should not give him the privilege of carrying concealed handguns in Oregon.
The Oregon Legislature needs to demand accountability and responsibility from the gun lobby and stop playing politics with our citizens' lives. The Senate should reject HB2792.
My thoughts, exactly. Where there are more guns there is more gun crime. Let's work to prevent more guns on our Oregon streets and to keep gun owners responsible for competency requirements.
(A somewhat related article from today, regarding conceal carry laws in Illinois: http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/4561594-474/fighting-fire-with-firepower-a-no-go.html )