Jeez, I’m busy for a few days and all hell lets out for lunch in Portland? As Farago reports, the Illegal Gun Ordinance Oversight Committee has proposed a voluntary (for now) gun registry to ‘track’ stolen guns back to their owners. It doesn’t say anything about actually returning said guns to their rightful owners because all this douchebag Committee really cares about is finding more reasons and methods for banning guns. Too bad for them I’m back on the job . . .
And luckily for the rest of humanity, this indescribably imbecilic ‘voluntary gun registry’ proposal faces two insurmountable obstacles that will prevent it from ever hurting anyone. The first is Oregon’s strong state preemption of local firearms laws: not a single word, apostrophe or semicolon of that preemption law can be changed without majority support of both houses of the state legislature in Salem.
The second obstacle is that That Ain’t Gonna Happen – Ever. Outside of the northern I-5 corridor (roughly from Eugene’s anarchists to Portland’s hipsters), Oregon is a centrist/conservative state, where all the PMS (pissin’ & moanin’ syndrome) of Willamette Valley ‘progressives’ will avail them not a single additional legislative vote.
Oregon, as Crimson Trace and their friends have enthusiastically shown us, is the home of a large and diverse shooting-sports industry. CT, Leatherman, Laupold, Danner, Uncle Mike’s, WD-40, Kershaw, Gerber, CRKT, and Coast all call these rainy valleys home, and if those traitors at Kimber hadn’t up and moved to Yonkers, NY we’d still have a first-rate rifle and pistol maker here too.
The local economic juggernaut, Nike, is even helping sponsor the Midnight 3-Gun Invitational that Nick is currently shooting. I didn’t know that Nike was down with the shooting sports, and my opinion of them as a company just went way up.
But I digress: this isn’t the first time that Portland navel-gazers have tried to “Keep Portland Weird” by encouraging its citizens to sign away their constitutional rights. Nearly twenty years ago, then-Police Chief Charles Moose launched a similar ‘voluntary program’ to reduce the city’s astronomical rate of automobile theft.
Chief Moose (pictured) encouraged Portland
sheep residents to enroll their cars in a registry which would allow police to pull over and search them without any semblance of probable cause during certain hours of the day or night when the owners didn’t think they’d be driving them.
Portlandians may be “weird” but they proved not to be stupid: only a handful of credulous fools ever enrolled in the “Please Pull Me Over” program and it died a quiet, miserable death. The Illegal Gun Ordinance Oversight Committee remembers this dismal failure and they must know that this equally stupid gun registry is already as dead in the water as the Costa Concordia.