Another Oregon Republican faces recall over gun-control bill

Another Oregon Republican faces recall over gun-control bill

State Rep. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, introduces legislation on the House floor as the public gallery looks on at the Capitol in Salem, Ore., Tuesday, April 2, 2019. A second Republican in the Oregon Senate is now facing a recall effort, after showing up to oppose a contentious gun-control bill in March. Earlier this week, a Mount Vernon veteran named Patrick Kopke-Hales initiated a petition process that, if successful, could force a recall election against state Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale. “Senator Findley’s actions, or inaction, go against the values and principles of the constituents he represents, the oath in which he swore upon, and the Republican Party values, beliefs and principles,” Kopke-Hales wrote on his prospective petition. Kopke-Hales has two reasons for wanting Findley ousted, he told OPB. Findley was one of six Republicans to attend a March 25 floor session, granting quorum to supermajority Democrats against the wishes of many gun rights supporters. Though Findley spoke forcefully against Senate Bill 554 that day, Democrats handily passed the proposal to create new gun storage laws, ban guns in the Capitol and Portland International Airport, and allow Oregon schools and universities to implement their own bans. “SB 554 is the worst bill I’ve ever read in my life,” Kopke-Hales said Thursday. “We wanted them to deny quorum on this bill.” Senate Majority Fred Girod is also facing a prospective recall because of SB 554′s passage, a fact that reflects increasing pressure on Republicans to flee the Capitol over controversial bills after […]

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