Tuesday, September 22, 2009

News From the SCC Meeting

Hello all. There is big news from Sunday's SCC meeting that was held in Salem on 9/2o/09. As you all know, Zak Johnson (our former Chair) moved to the East Coast recently. In Zak's absence, Chuck Butcher (our former Vice Chair) was acting as our Chair. Well, after an election held at the SCC meeting, I am pleased to announce that Chuck is now officially the Chair of the Gun Owners' Caucus of the DPO. This created one problem (perhaps more if you are Chuck :)). With our former Vice Chair moving in to the Chair position, we needed to elect a new Vice Chair.

After Chuck announced the fact that we indeed needed to elect a Vice Chair he graciously asked for nominations. After an uncomfortable silence, I slowly spoke up an asked a few questions about the responsibilities of the Vice Chair position. A few seconds later, I found myself being nominated. I am somewhat pleased, though terrified to announce that I, Brian Reichhoff (former Treasurer) am the new Vice Chair (and still Treasurer......I think). I hope that I am able to perform my duties, whatever they may be, and help keep the GOC going strong.

Another Awesome member of the GOC, Jodi Russell, has been acting as the caucus Secretary for the last couple of months. Even though there was not an official election held at the SCC meeting for this position, Jodi will continue to perform these duties. I am very thankful, and excited for this as Jodi has some great ideas and is willing to take on the big responsibility of this position.

After talking with Chuck and Jodi, we decided that organization should be a top priority of the caucus at this time. We are looking at creating some small focus groups, and/or committees to focus on certain aspects of gun ownership and responsibilities such as fund raising, making connections for events, recruiting new members and such. We have no idea what this will look like as of yet, and I am probably prematurely mentioning it as we have not discussed it in much length or detail, but if any of you are intersted in helping, please let us (Chuck, Jodi, or I) know.

In closing, I would like to thank Chuck Butcher for agreeing to be our fearless leader, and Jodi Russell for continuing at the Secretary position. I believe that with strong people like them, we will continue to grow and thrive as a caucus.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Hiking with a Concealed Firearm in Oregon: Legal or Not?

Many Oregonians mistakenly believe that there is an exception for hiking on public lands with a concealed weapon. If you are hiking with a concealed firearm without a concealed handgun license, you'd better have current hunting tags, a shooting club card, or a fishing pole and be prepared to prove such at a jury trial.

The safer bet is to get a CHL, even if you never plan to carry on a day-to-day basis. Many Oregonians get a CHL just for transporting firearms or to be safe on a hiking trail.

ORS 166.250 is the statute that prohibits carrying a concealed firearm on your person or readily accessible within a vehicle. ORS 166.260 sets forth the exceptions:

(1) ORS 166.250 does not apply to or affect:
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(h) A person who is licensed under ORS 166.291 and 166.292 to carry a concealed handgun.
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(2) [Except for convicted felons], ORS 166.250 does not apply to or affect:
(a) Members of any club or organization, for the purpose of practicing shooting at targets upon the established target ranges, whether public or private, while such members are using any of the firearms referred to in ORS 166.250 upon such target ranges, or while going to and from such ranges.
(b) Licensed hunters or fishermen while engaged in hunting or fishing, or while going to or returning from a hunting or fishing expedition.

Mike Arnold,
Attorney at Law
Arnold Law Office, LLC
Eugene, Oregon