House passes CHL gun privacy bill for 3rd time

Concealed Handgun License Bill Adopted by Oregon House for 3rd Time
By State Representative Kim Thatcher,

(Salem) Hoping the third time is a charm, State Representative Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer, Newberg, St. Paul) carried House Bill 4045 to victory on the floor of the Oregon House today. The measure, which would make the records of Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders confidential, passed by a vote of 44 to 14 and now goes to the Oregon Senate.

HB 4045 has three other Co-Chief Sponsors in addition to Representative Thatcher. They include State Representatives Jeff Barker (D-Aloha), Val Hoyle (D-West Eugene) and Wayne Krieger (R-Gold Beach).
Barker and Krieger are the Co-Chairmen of the House Judiciary Committee which worked on the legislation.

During debate on the House Floor Thatcher explained that many constituents fear for their personal safety if the information on the CHL applications is released to the public. One such constituent contacted Thatcher’s office and said “she is now too afraid to even get a concealed handgun license because she doesn’t want her stalker to go down to the sheriff’s office and get what she called a road map to find her.” That constituent submitted testimony to the House Judiciary Committee in which she pointed out releasing the information, “shifts the focus from oversight of government performance to use of the public records law as a tool to gather and use personal, private citizen information for nongovernmental uses.”

“We as a state and a government have a responsibility to protect the privacy of our citizens,” said Representative Hoyle. “We should be very careful about who we allow to have access to people’s private information.”

Representative Barker noted CHL holders are law abiding citizens undergo a background check and take other steps to obtain a CHL and they are not the problem. “They’re not the gang bangers from Portland. They’re not the criminal element, which by the way are already carrying their weapons concealed illegally. These are your friends, your neighbors, who for whatever reason decided they wanted to be able to carry a weapon for personal protection and they deserve to have their privacy protected.”

A similar measure (House Bill 2727) was approved 54-4 in the House in 2009. Last year, legislation that was almost identical (House Bill 2787) to the year’s bill was adopted 42-18 by the House. Oregonians who want to share their views on this issue are encouraged to contact the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Floyd Prozanski at 503.986.1704 [email protected] or Senate President Peter Courtney at 503.986.1600 [email protected]
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  • The Bill Post Radio Show

    May I suggest calling Sen. Floyd Prozanski and seek a simple move: let this bill go to the Senate floor for a yea or nay vote, PERIOD.  He has NO right to hold this up in committee.
    Here is an email one of my listeners came up with that is polite yet firm:

    Sen. Prozanski,
    As a Democrat, I know you are committed to both the right to
    privacy and the right to choice. Right now, there is a bill sitting in your
    committee you have promised not to allow to come to the floor – HB 4045. The
    House version passed with strong bi-partisan support. Your fellow Democrats in
    the House upheld their commitment to the right to privacy. 

    Your fellow
    Eugene representative, Val Hoyle, understood this, saying, “We as a state and a
    government have a responsibility to protect the privacy of our citizens. We
    should be very careful about who we allow to have access to people’s private
    information.” 

    I urge you to uphold your Democrat values by allowing the
    choice of a floor vote on this vitally important privacy protection bill. If
    this bill was protecting the right to privacy regarding abortions instead of
    concealed weapons licences, would you be following the same course of action?
    What if the courts decided you have to report how much beer you brew at home?
    Would you so adamantly stand against a bill protecting your privacy? What if the
    courts decided the personal information of crime victims was public? Would you
    stand against a bill protecting their privacy? 

    Please do not let your
    bias against firearms violate your values. As Rep. Hoyle said, CHL holders are
    “not 
    the gang bangers from Portland. They’re not the criminal element, which
    by the way are already carrying their weapons concealed illegally. These are
    your friends, your neighbors, who for whatever reason decided they wanted to be
    able to carry a weapon for personal protection and they deserve to have their
    privacy protected.” Senator  Prozanski, allow this bill to come to the floor for
    a vote!

    (name),
    Concerned Citizen, Salem OR
     

  • Anonymous

    The House should just hold up every Senate bill until the Senate passes it and the governor signs it.  Hold up Welfare Gimmedats for all the poor people.  That will get the Senate off it’s ass.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    Who the hell is against this? Can we please line them up in the dope slap room and ask them why an abortion is a matter of privacy but asserting a constitutional right is not?

    • Burton

       Here you go, Rupert. How everyone voted:
      https://gov.oregonlive.com/bill/2012/HB4045/

      My Rep, Tobias Read, voted against it, as usual. No doubt, Mark Hass will also vote against it when it reaches the Senate floor.

  • Ardbeg

    As a ‘permit’ holder I guess I wonder why the ‘need’ to know my identity? How does this serve the public good?  I don’t need to know the personal info of others.  I’m not a crime victim and have no need to hid.  But I am a gun owner, and carrier, and have no desire to broadcast to the world that I own a small collection of firearms for someone to come and steal. I’ve never understood why this is such an issue.  Some how we politicize the most stupid things.

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