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Limit the mischief from short legislative session

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You provide a guide as to exactly what they should do which even touches on why Oregonians voted for the even year sessions, (handling financial problems previously entrusted to the "emergency board). Then you follow up with an absolute example of "failure" to resist - "The Democratic majorities ….loophole in gun registration laws, provided Betsy Johnson of rural Columbia County doesn’t once again knot the count at 15-15 on the Senate side."
Betsy Johnson is doing just exactly what her constituents want her to do and she has the courage to stand up for them. Sen. Prozanski doesn't have the political courage to sponsor the bill, that is why he pushed it through the work session on the 17th as LC 154. This way it will show it is sponsored by the Senate Judiciary Committee and not him or Giny Burdick (or Former Mayor Blumberg.)
Prozanski threw out numbers Friday that, if checked by Politi-Fact would probably rate a "Pants on Fire". Where are the prosecutions for these people who "illegally" attempted to purchase a firearm?
There really is no "loop hole". Johnny Fence on the corner with the gun store in the trunk of his car will NOT be calling OSP FICS.
• It is against the law for a felon to purchase a firearm.
• It is against the law for a felon to be in possession of a firearm.
• It is against the law to use a firearm in the commission of a crime.
• It is against the law to purchase a firearm via internet / mail (and that inclued Craigs List) contrary to Prozanski's statement.
Remember, Sen Prozanski is the City Prosecutor who abused a state law and a city ordinance to prosecute a Florence resident after the State of Oregon said NO. He starved the man into a headline plea deal to dismiss the charges after 6 months had passed.

Take a day to read ORS 166.


I was running out of room above, but I do wish to quote Sen. Prozanski which seems to contradict "gun registration" in your opinion:
“I do not support and will not support gun registration,” Prozanski said.

The bill is pretty interesting though. If it passes, in its current form, Uncle John will be able to transfer a firearm to his nieces and nephews, but they WON'T be able to give it back to Uncle John without running the background check on him.


It seems after last nights city council meeting, The council members feel their more qualified to think for Oregonians. Their going to ban marijuana dispensaries in McMinnville. They would of done it last night but from my point of view, they are giving a perfunctory public hearing in the interest who knows what. It was obvious that their minds were made up.
I can handle my own child. I don't need you to do it for me. It's pompous and a arrogant of any municipality to put up road blocks for cannabis users. The people in McMinnville and surrounding areas have paid money to the state to secure their right to use cannabis. Take care of the library and the streets and sewers. Don't regulate the morals of human beings. Your know better than anyone I know. Or me for that matter. We are not second class citizens. It's discrimination at this point. That's right, you are discriminating!
Maybe the council will just try and ordinance them out of the area by putting an extra 1000' around any park in McMinnville. There are empty buildings with for rent sings all over town. money being lost because of what.
I see all kinds of people and talk to them about cannabis. They alleviate symptoms that range from a whole gamete of reasons. I will tell the gal with her cancer that comes to seek relief that, when she wakes up and is feeling nauseous, that she will need to travel outside the town or even outside the county (depending on what the county does) to get the relief she is looking for. Thanks to her local city council and county commissioners.


Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 100 million Americans. According to government surveys, some 25 million Americans have smoked marijuana in the past year, and more than 14 million do so regularly despite harsh laws against its use. Our public policies should reflect this reality, not deny it.

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