Rep. Linda Flores: Supreme Court Gun Case Could Impact Oregon

Press release from State Representative Linda Flores 3-18-08:

US Supreme Court Gun Case Could Impact Oregon

(Salem) The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments today on the strictest gun ban in the country, and the outcome could have implications here in Oregon. “Whatever the decision by the high court, it could be the most significant Second Amendment case in our nation’s history,” said State Representative Linda Flores (R-Clackamas). She and State Representative Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer, Newberg, St. Paul) put their names on a brief supporting a challenge to Washington, D.C.’s 32-year old ban on handguns.

The pair joined 120 other women legislators from across the country on a special amicus brief filed by the National Rifle Association. The brief reads in part, “the District’s current prohibition against handguns and immediately serviceable firearms in the home effectively eliminates a woman’s ability to defend her very life and those of her children against violent attack.”

“Oregonians have always been very protective of their second amendments rights,” noted Thatcher. “However, I fear if the high court doesn’t rule in our favor, opponents of gun owner rights will be out in full force trying to change Oregon law.”

This is only the second time in the past 70 years that a firearms case has reached the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1976 the District of Columbia outlawed handguns, carrying firearms within the home and possession of a loaded or operable firearm. A security guard named Dick Heller challenged the law, claiming it violated his constitutional right to keep and bear arms. He won at the lower court level but the city appealed. A decision by the Supreme Court could come as early as this summer.

Representatives Flores and Thatcher have both served on the House Judiciary Committee and have both sponsored legislation in recent years to preserve gun owner rights in Oregon.

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  • Publius

    Go Linda and Kim!

  • Alan

    If the Supreme Court tinkers with the Second Amendment, it will be the shot heard around the world, so to speak.

  • devietro

    Kim and Linda have been great allies of gun right for a long time so I would like to applaud them. The Heller case is huge and oral arguments start today, all signs point to gun owners winning this one and hopefully it will lead to more of our rights being respected.

    I think a more interesting commentary is the fact that Dick Cheney signed a brief in support of Heller and the Bush administration came out in support of D.C.

  • NotYourDaddy

    I wish we had more elected representatives who stand up for our rights the way these women are doing. This is a landmark case that will have ramifications for many years to come. The Supreme Court hasn’t addressed the 2nd amendment in 70 years and, at that time, they didn’t address whether it was an individual right.

    Taking it in context, as part of the Bill of Rights, it is clear that it’s intended as an individual right. The purpose of the Bill of Rights is to protect the rights of the individual from infringement by the government. All of the other amendments in the Bill of Rights apply to individuals. The 2nd amendment would not properly belong in the Bill of Rights had that not been its intent as well.

    There’s a post on my blog discussing this further at

  • Steve Buckstein

    The official transcript of today Supreme Court hearing is at:

    The audio of the hearing is at:

  • Joey Link

    I can’t tell you how good it makes me feel knowing that we have these two women going above and beyond in the fight for our gun rights. 120 other women state reps out of all of them currently serving isn’t very many…

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