An Oregon State Republican senator is advancing a bill that would expand the number of people who would be prohibited from purchasing guns and require some who are in possession of guns “to hand over any guns in their possession.”
Oregon State Senator Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) lost his stepson, a Navy veteran, to suicide, and now, instead of speaking out against more unconstitutional wars and seeking to help veterans, which figures show commit suicide 22 times every day, he is pushing a bill that would infringe on the rights of the people he was elected to serve.
Three bills were before the Senate Committee on Judiciary on Monday, all of them had to do with firearm regulations. Those bills were:
SB 764 Directs Department of State Police to study reasons for certain denials of concealed handgun license applications and report results to interim committees of Legislative Assembly related to judiciary on or before February 1, 2019.
SB 797 Prohibits transfer of firearm by gun dealer or private party if Department of State Police is unable to determine whether recipient is qualified to receive firearm.
SB 868 Creates process for obtaining extreme risk protection order prohibiting person from possessing firearms when court finds that person presents imminent risk, or risk in foreseeable future, of suicide or causing injury to other persons.
Boquist is pushing SB868 and claims it is constitutional. He waved about a pocket-sized constitution and said, “It’s easy to wave your book around.”
“When the Supreme Court and other people say it’s constitutional, that’s the law of the land,” he added.
That’s not entirely true. I’m sure he would probably disagree with Roe v. Wade or Obamacare. Neither are constitutional and neither should be considered the law of the land. Additionally redefining marriage is neither the “law of the land” nor an authority given to the central government in the constitution. All legislative authority is given to Congress, not the courts.
During the hearings, Governor Kate Brown gave appeal to emotions in their attack on the right to keep and bear arms and the issue of due process. She spoke about her thoughts that these bills could have helped prevent the Umpqua Community College shooting in 2015 and the recent Gresham shooting.
“I cannot imagine the heartache the family is going through,” Brown said. “And I extend my sincere condolences. This is absolutely unacceptable. In Oregon, we can do better. Violence answers nothing, offers nothing, solves nothing.”
These pieces of paper would not have stopped either of those shootings from taking place. By the way, Governor Brown should tell the Oregon State Police that “Violence answers nothing, offers nothing, solves nothing” concerning their blatant murder of LaVoy Finicum in January 2016. She should include Finicum’s widow in that little conversation too.
The particular bill that Boquist is pushing would allow family members to obtain a court order to not only prevent a person, who they claim might show signs of wanting to commit suicide or hurt other people, from obtaining a gun for a full year. Additionally, the bill would require that person must turn over any firearms they own.
There is obvious logical problems with formulating this bill to stop suicides or attacking other people. It doesn’t remove knives, drugs, or anything else that one could use to commit suicide or attack someone else with. It’s simply an emotionally driven anti-gun bill, no matter what Senator Boquist says.
Keely Hopkins, a lobbyist with the National Rifle Association, said, “This bill allows for a protective order to remove your Second Amendment rights, not because of a criminal conviction, but based on third-party allegations using an evidentiary standard that falls far below what’s normally required for the removing of fundamental rights.”
That, my friends, is why legislation should never be written based on emotion, furthermore, a God-given right is not to be regulated in such a fashion.
Boquist contacted Breitbart regarding his bill. “On April 19, Senator Brian Boquist informed Breitbart News that SB 868 went through numerous drafts and the legislation allowing a judge to prohibit gun purchases/gun possession will now be contained in SB 719,” wrote Awr Hawkins.
While I sympathize with Senator Boquist in the loss of his son, infringing on other people’s rights is not what needs to be done here. I suggest he and those supporting this bill take time away from political office and head down to his local VFW and offer some genuine service to our veterans and see how he can help there.