State of Oregon Archives: on Gun Control

Bud Pierce: Oppose background checks; they won't reduce gun violence

The 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution couldn't be clearer. Over the last decade, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment applies to the states and federal enclaves and protects an individual's right to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. The Oregon Constitution shares the same intent.

Bud Pierce believes in upholding Oregonians' clear constitutional rights and is against signing into law bills that might make us feel better but really do nothing to cut down on gun violence. He believes the outcome of expanding background checks would mean additional government costs and bureaucracy rather than reduced gun violence. He also opposed Senate Bill 941 due to its emergency clause that denied Oregonians the right to vote on a bill that would impact their constitutional rights. Bud Pierce believes that all Oregonians should have the right to be heard on laws--not just career politicians in Salem.

Source: 2016 Oregon gubernatorial campaign website Feb 2, 2016

Bud Pierce: Surveillance of schools & social media, to curb gun violence

Bud Pierce is a strong supporter of the US Constitution's 2nd Amendment and gun rights under the Oregon Constitution and is equally committed to addressing gun violence in Oregon.
Source: 2016 Oregon gubernatorial campaign website Feb 2, 2016

Kevin Stine: Gun lobby has redefined 2nd Amendment in a perverse way

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Absolute right to gun ownership"?

A: Oppose. The gun lobby has redefined the Second Amendment in a perverse way that makes the nation less safe, due to the ease of those with criminal intent of acquiring guns.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Oregon Senate race with OnTheIssues Jan 1, 2016

Mark Callahan: The 2nd Amendment was meant to protect the 1st Amendment

I believe that the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was meant to protect the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Contrary to what many liberals think, the right to hunt was not the original intent of the 2nd Amendment. The 2nd Amendment was meant to protect us, as Americans, against the tyranny of the government. As a conservative, I was endorsed by the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF), during my 2012 campaign for State Representative.
Source: 2016 Oregon Senate campaign website, Oct 9, 2015

Kate Brown: Require criminal background checks for gun purchases

Excerpts from Oregon state legislative records for SB 941:

Status:Passed Senate, 17-13-0; passed House 32-28-0; Signed by the Governor 5/11/2015

Source: Oregon legislative voting records: SB 941 May 11, 2015

Kate Brown: Require more background checks on gun sales

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill Monday requiring background checks on firearm transfers between private parties, making Oregon the eighth state to require screening on nearly all gun sales.

Legislative Summary: Requires private person to complete transfer of firearm by appearing with transferee before gun dealer to request criminal background check. Specifies exceptions for family members, law enforcement, inherited firearms and certain temporary transfers. Punishes violation by maximum of one year's imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both; for second and subsequent offense, a maximum of 10 years' imprisonment, $250,000 fine, or both. Notifies appropriate law enforcement agency when, during criminal background check, department determines that recipient is prohibited from possessing firearm. Authorizes court to prohibit person ordered to participate in assisted outpatient treatment from purchasing or possessing firearm during period of treatment.

Source: Wall Street Journal on SB-941 Oregon voting record May 11, 2015

Monica Wehby: Protect all constitutional rights, especially 2nd Amendment

Our founders created this country because they felt like they were being oppressed by a distant government who was not adequately representing their concerns or protecting their livelihood. The leaders of this nation banded together to create a document that would enshrine forever what they fought for into a system of laws. The constitution they created is without question the most perfect document man has ever produced on how to balance liberty and government.

As a doctor, Monica Wehby has taken her oath to protect a patient's right to privacy very seriously. As Oregon's US Senator she will take that same seriousness to her pledge to protect and defend the US Constitution. Wehby will fight to protect all of our constitutional rights and especially the 2nd Amendment. She will strongly oppose the UN Arms Treaty which infringes upon our right to keep and bear arms. A constitutional right is an inalienable one and our politicians must always remember that.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website,, "Issues" Mar 18, 2014

Jim Huffman: Oppose restrictions on right to bear arms

Candidate Survey. Selected OPPOSE for: "Imposing government restrictions on an individual's right to keep and bear arms."
Source: The Abigail Adams Project: 2010 Oregon Primary Election Aug 11, 2010

Jeff Merkley: Maintain restrictions on purchase & possession of firearms

Source: Oregon State 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

John Kitzhaber: Increase restrictions on gun purchase and possession

Source: Oregon Gubernatorial 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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