Friday, March 13, 2009

A Pat on the Back to Zak and the Gun Owner's Caucus

Last night at the Multnomah County Dems meeting Zak Johnson made a presentation to the audience (mostly PCP's) regarding the current bill (I'm sorry I can't remember the number of the bill right now) to keep CHL holders' info private. The purpose of Zak's presentation was two fold; to inform, but mostly to have this issue put to a vote to see if there would be support for the bill from the Multnomah County Democrats.

After Zak gave his presentation to the audience the matter was put to a vote. A "pro" vote ment that the bill would be supported by the Mulnomah County Dems, and a "con" vote would mean the opposite. The result of the vote was a resounding "yes", or "pro" support of the bill.

The significance of this is that perhaps the most liberal county in Oregon voted in the favor of gun owners' rights. This is GREAT! It seems that the tide may be changing for the better within our party.

Thank you Zak for making yourself heard and for presenting at the meeting. Thank you to all of you who have shown your support for this bill and others like it by contacting your legislators. Please also thank your legislators that have backed this bill, and/or any other similar bills.

I hope to see you all in Albany on Sunday!


brian r said...

Sorry the Bill is 2727.

Zak Johnson said...

Thanks for that, Brian.

I think the real credit goes to our party membership for recognizing that Constitutional issues should be above party politics, especially when public safety and Constitutional rights dovetail as well as they do in the issue of CHL privacy. Other credit specifically goes to Laura Calvo, well-known GLBT activist and former law enforcement officer who brought a lot of data and street creds to our arguments.

I think this vote should finally put to bed the canard that guns are a divisive "left-wing" or "right-wing" issue, at least in this state.

Zak Johnson said...

By the way, here's the sort of stupid thing that can happen when CHL info is NOT protected:

From Sgt Grit Marine Forums

"A Memphis based online news website,, has posted Tennessee’s right to carry permit holder list online! apparently feels that the “public’s right to know” outweighs your right to privacy. Their irresponsible decision to publish this list has made it easier for criminals to target law-abiding gun owners.

Shockingly when the list was first published, it even included permit holders home address! However, bowing to criticism, removed the address but still included a permit holder’s full name, birth date, city, zip code, and the issue and expiration date of their permit.

This has to be one of the most irresponsible and invasive acts I've seen a "newspaper" do. We need to stop this before it happens in Oregon. (Thanks for the source, Tracee.)

brian r said...


Thanks for mentioning Laura Calvo. I originally wanted to mention her as well, but I couldn't remember her name.

Also, I wanted to apologize to everyone for all of the typos in the post. I was at work and in a hurry when I wrote it, and did not notice them until after I posted.