Did Episcopalian minister commit gun crime under Oregon SB 941?


Oregon Firearms Federation

According to the Washington Post, Reverend Jeremy Lucas violated SB 941. The Oregon Firearms Federation is calling for an immediate investigation and prosecution of Lucas and others.

In the linked story, Lucas, who won a rifle raffle using his congregation’s money, claims he “drove it to the home of a parishioner… who offered to keep the rifle locked up in a gun safe until the pastor is ready to destroy it.”

If the story is accurate, Rev. Lucas is in clear violation of the requirements of SB 941.

Unless the “parishioner” is a close family member of Lucas, this represents an illegal transfer under the Prozanski/Hoyle SB 941.

Thousands of Oregonians have been negatively affected by this dangerous legislation. An anti-Second Amendment crusader should not be allowed to flagrantly violate the law.

Oregon Firearms Federation is calling for an immediate investigation into the whereabouts of this rifle, the name and address of the person who is in possession of it, and full prosecution of any guilty parties.

The law is the law. We expect it to be enforced.

NOTE: Under Oregon’s SB 941 (2015), if the firearm was transferred to the parishioner without a background check (through a licensed firearm dealer while both parties are present), that was a Class A misdemeanor (the most serious type of misdemeanor) – which is punishable by a fine up to $6,250 and/or up to 1 year imprisonment.

UPDATE 7/31/2016Portland Tribune: Lake Oswego pastor could face charges in transfer of AR-15

“Lake Oswego Police Chief Don Johnson told The [Lake Oswego] Review on Saturday that after an initial ‘query,’ the LOPD has passed complaints about Lucas to the OSP, which is responsible for deciding whether to conduct an investigation into accusations that the Oregon Firearms Safety Act was violated. ‘I have discussed the matter with the Oregon State Police and am coordinating follow-up with that agency,” Johnson said, adding that “neither the Lake Oswego Police Department nor the Oregon State Police can comment on ongoing queries of this nature.'”

UPDATES 8/1/2016

OPB: Pastor Who Won AR-15 Raffle Could Face Charges

Oregonian: Lake Oswego pastor could face charges for transfer of AR-15

KATU: Oregon State Police investigating hand-off of AR-15 won in raffle

UPDATES 8/2/2016

KOIN/AP: Pastor who won AR-15 may have violated Oregon law

KGW: Pastor who won AR-15 raffle may have violated Oregon law

Fox News/AP: Pastor who won AR-15 raffle may have violated Oregon law

ABC News/AP: Pastor Who Won AR-15 Raffle May Have Violated Oregon Law

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  • Epistle Priestly

    A defrocking ceremony of Reverend Jeremy Lucas token by a joint task force, sic, [Prozanski/Doyle] to wit Brown, Rosenblum, Kotek and Burdick herd nickering in the background might seem justice as being served or if not then whinny knot? ,

    • Connie Kosuda

      wow / lay off the sauce, would ya?

      • Emperor’s Close

        You’rer drunk and delirious, Kosuda.

        Turn yourself inn to the place where John Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes found secular Nirvanna and stay there until the monks cast your plot out.

  • Dick Winningstad

    How soon after this highly illegal transfer was he arrested?

    • Connie Kosuda

      right after trumpie / it’s a long line.

      • Dick Winningstad

        Not sure Mr. Trump has handled any firearms in Oregon.

  • HBguy

    You make a good point. The law should be modified to take into account someone who ended up with a gun and who doesn’t feel able to safely store or care for it. There are provisions like this already in the law for guns taken into care by personal representatives for instance.
    Of course, there is also a provision that someone its lawful to transfer to someone else without a background check in order to prevent the imminent threat of death or serious injury. That is probably broad enough to cover this transfer. Then, there is the question of whether this limited transfer of custody is even a transfer under the statute. There is no “loan” or “sale” and the pastor is not transferring it to be used as a gun. He’s merely appointing the person as a bailee. It’s more like hiring a storage company or putting it into storage. Is storing a gun in a storage unit a “transfer” to the storage unit owner? I don’t think so.

  • Jack Lord God

    The law is real clear in this and the pastor violated it. I’m sorry, gun control supporters flagrantly violating the law has got tostop. It now seems to occur more and more frequently. We need to start prosecuting these nuts as they are a danger to the rest of us.

    • Connie Kosuda

      how frequently? when? where? who? you bozos have got to stop making dreck up!

      • Dick Winningstad

        The minister broke a law he undoubtedly supports. Maybe he should pay the price of breaking it. Or does he get a pass because he is a liberal?

  • Connie Kosuda

    what a load of swill this ‘article’ is / you folks have too much time on your hands. and who exactly are these ‘thousands’ of folks you reference? you make it up as you go along . thank God for this Pastor. at least he has a conscience. (look it up)

  • sonnyclips

    If you look within the law there is this provision, “For the purpose of preventing imminent death or serious physical injury, and the
    provision lasts only as long as is necessary to prevent the death or serious physical
    injury.” Since the firearm is being held in a safe to be destroyed it does speak to the minister’s frame of mind and his concern regarding imminent death or serious injury no?

  • Patty Williams

    No matter what the “law” is, there are several counties that simply are not going to comply . Lane, Coos, Harney, Crook.

  • Dean Weingarten

    This is typical “progressivism”. People who are politically favored get treated differently than those who are not. Just like Hillary.

    And who gets to decide who should be favored and who should not? The people in power. So much for the rule of law.

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