************************ OFF ALERT 1/25/05 GUN BAN HEARING SCHEDULED As we predicted, Ginny Burdick has scheduled hearings on her gun ban bill at the Multnomah County Courthouse. As you know, this bill (Senate Bill 335) would make you a criminal if you happened to show up at the same place where school children had gathered for a "field trip." The hearing is scheduled to start at 8:30 on Friday Jan. 28th. The exact location is listed below. The hearing will be held at the courthouse to dissuade as many CHL holders as possible from coming, since they will be prohibited from entering the building if they are in possession of their legally carried firearms. We fully expect this to be a dog and pony show for the media, with the supporters of the bill getting the most favorable treatment. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Date: Friday-January 28 Time: 8:30 A.M. Location: Multnomah County Courthouse Room #602 1021 SW 4th Avenue Portland, Oregon Public Hearing and Possible Work Session SB 335 Allows school district boards to prohibit persons with concealed handgun licenses from carrying firearms on school property. ________________________________________________________________________________________ For regular updates on times and meeting locations click here . In this case the committee you will want to watch is "Judiciary." If you intend to go to the hearing and testify, make sure you look for a sign up sheet when you enter the room. Also, be advised that Burdick would almost certainly NOT have scheduled the hearing unless she had a promise from the other Democrats on the committee that the bill would pass out of committee. So any testimony you plan to give will be for the benefit of the media only. Once again, the members of the committee are: Ginny Burdick, Chair (The sponsor of the bill, although it will appear as "Sponsored By the Judiciary Committee) 503-986-1718 Charles Starr, Vice-Chair (A reliable pro-gun vote) 503-986-1713 Roger Beyer (A strong supporter of gun rights.) 503-986-1709 Floyd Prozanski (A militant anti-gun extremist) 503-986-1704 Charlie Ringo (A regular anti-gun voter) 503-986-1717 Vicki L Walker (A militant anti-gun extremist) 503-986-1707 Doug Whitsett (A newly elected Republican who answered our survey 100%) 503-986-1728 ******************************** I've called Sen. Burdick's office to ask why this legislation is being introduced, and both times all I got back was "The Oregon School Board Association passed a resolution calling for this sort of legislation, so that's what we're doing."