Readers respond: Help stop new gun-lock bill

Readers respond: Help stop new gun-lock bill

Should Oregon’s government require you to lock up your guns in your own home? If you say no, you can — with one simple action — help keep it from doing so. Last spring, Senate Bill 554 was passed by Oregon’s Democratic-supermajority Legislature and signed by Gov. Kate Brown. If enacted, the bill will require you to keep your guns trigger-locked, or secured inside a locked container or gun room, when those guns are not directly under your control. Consider the implications of this. Suppose — as happens to countless Americans every year – an intruder breaks into your home and threatens you and your family. Beset, suddenly, by a swiftly-advancing attacker, will you be able within a few precious seconds to retrieve a key from a drawer, insert it swiftly and precisely into a trigger lock and disengage a firearm? Or dial a combination lock speedily and accurately enough to open a gun safe? If not, is it likely your attacker will be sporting enough to let you do so? SB 554 is scheduled to become law in late September. But with your help, it still can be defeated. Go to responsibleresponse.com and print, sign, and mail in the petition to delay the bill’s enactment and, instead, put it onto the November 2022 ballot for Oregonians’ yes-or-no vote. By doing so, you can help defeat SB 554′s attack on our gun rights – and on our families’ safety. Richard F. LaMountain, Mount Vernon

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