Saturday, February 21, 2009

Oregon House Introduces BIll to Support CHL Privacy

There is excellent news this week in the ongoing effort to secure privacy rights for Oregon's Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders.

Representatives Jeff Barker (D-Aloha) and Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) have put forward HB 2727, a bill which

"Prohibits public body from releasing information that can be used to identify holder of or applicant for concealed handgun license. Authorizes disclosure for criminal justice purposes and pursuant to court order."
HB 2727 was one of several bills drafted to address the gaping hole in Oregon law that currently allows anyone access to records of who does or does not possess a CHL; and I'm happy to say the HB 2727 already has an extremely long list of bi-partisan co-sponsors. (A similar bill being drafted by Rep. Jules Bailey (D-Portland) was designed to address the same issue, but is now moot. Reps. Bailey, Nick Kahl (D-Gresham) and several others not yet listed as co-sponsors have indicated they intend to co-sponsor and vote for Barker's and Thatcher's bill as well.)

Blue Steel Democrats has had several earlier posts in support of CHL privacy. Keeping CHL records private is a position supported by all major firearms advocacy groups in the state, as well as the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.

The Gun Owners Caucus of the Democratic Party of Oregon encourages all gun owners and other individuals concerned with privacy rights to contact their legislators with thanks and encouragement that HB 2727 becomes law.

1 comment:

brian r said...

Go Nick and Jules!!!!!!!!